What Junk Words Are You Using in the Climate Crisis?

2021-10-03T18:03:18+00:00October 3rd, 2021|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications, Language|

There are no magic words. Words that you can say that will make people suddenly understand and then prevent our rapidly unfolding climate chaos. Some words are better than others, but lots of them are just junk. Of course there is more to the climate crisis than words. But [...]

Thelma and Louise, Personal Action, and Climate Responsibility

2021-06-23T19:23:21+00:00June 20th, 2021|Actions You Can Take, Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Framing, Reasons for Acting|

My next personal act of climate responsibility is to limit my driving to no more than 6,000 miles per year. For those without cars this may still seem like a lot. I'd rather not have to use a car. Maybe this will be hard? We’ll see. In December of [...]

The Coup Attempt is Not Over! Climate Champions – Let’s Pay Attention To Our Words.

2021-01-16T17:16:39+00:00January 13th, 2021|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications, Climate politics, Language|

Folks, the coup attempt to overthrow our democracy on January 6th by Trump traitors is not over! Not by a long shot. The battle is now being waged in the words we use to describe what happened, and will determine what happens next. For those in the climate movement [...]

A Few Positive Words for Climate Activists

2020-12-29T17:07:44+00:00December 17th, 2020|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging|

I have a friend who wanted to get involved in the climate movement and wondered what organizations would be appropriate for his interests? I asked him some questions, one of which was… how would he describe himself? He answered, “Well, you  know me. I’m no tree hugger.” Ouch. It’s [...]

My 2020 Climate Resolution… A Drastic Step?

2020-01-03T19:32:41+00:00January 3rd, 2020|Actions You Can Take, Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Reasons for Acting|

I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I’m not a New Year’s Resolution type of person. For me, if I want to make a change, I usually just do it. Sometimes it takes a while. A couple of attempts. Changes can be really hard for any of us, [...]

“Americans like Green New Deal’s goals, but they reject paying trillions to reach them.”

2019-12-04T16:12:31+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Green New Deal|

Really? This is a recent headline from a joint Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Both are reputable organizations. Yet part of the conclusion is misleading and based on a biased question from fossil fuel talking points. The takeaway from this headline seems to be that climate action [...]

Getting Ready for the Next Climate Frame

2019-09-10T22:08:59+00:00September 10th, 2019|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications|

What if the climate movement could anticipate the next move by the fossil fuel industry and their climate denying deceivers? What if we could get ahead of it, and perhaps create a move of our own? For the past three years the climate movement has been particularly focused on [...]

Environmental Messaging – Are You Amplifying These Frames?

2018-08-21T17:01:05+00:00August 21st, 2018|Actions You Can Take, Climate Change, Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate politics, Environmental Messaging|

Most of us are too busy to think. Yet we are constantly exposed to frames that reshape our thinking. For environmentalists, most of the frames we are exposed to are created by fossil fuel and right wing political think tanks. The result is that public opinion moves toward their [...]

Environmental Messaging: Silver Bullets

2021-08-13T17:01:11+00:00April 9th, 2018|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate politics, Environmental Messaging|

The Lone Ranger used them. They’re supposed to kill werewolves. They seem like a cool idea, one that could possess magical powers. But when it comes to environmental messaging, they are not much good. In a previous post I covered the balance of fear and hope required to move [...]

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