How to Avoid the Journey and Go Directly to Climate Action

2021-06-09T17:33:50+00:00June 7th, 2021|Climate Communications, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

I spend a lot of time around climate activists helping them with climate communications. Like most of us, their perceptions of where others are in their climate journey are based on where they are themselves. This is a common human characteristic. But if we want to move people to [...]

“Children, be worried when they call you America’s most valuable natural resource.”

2021-03-03T16:43:47+00:00March 2nd, 2021|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

Utah Phillips was a musician, a labor organizer, a story teller and a poet. Born in 1935, he spent part of his early life riding the rails. This quote of his is a favorite of mine. I believe it's a commencement address. It still rings true and is even [...]

Natural Gas, Fossil Gas, or Methane… Which Should We Use?

2021-01-29T19:41:38+00:00January 29th, 2021|Actions You Can Take, Climate Communications, Climate politics, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

Do I smell a new frame being created? Reality and truth should be bedrocks in climate communications, but what we believe often informs reality. Words influence these beliefs and thus our collective reality. Choose words that unconsciously activate the wrong neurons in the brains of our audience and we [...]

What Happens To Our Climate When Democracy Dies? (And what we can do about it.)

2020-11-26T19:39:34+00:00November 23rd, 2020|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

(Photo by Angus Mordant/www.angusmordant.com ) If you are a climate activist, or care about what happens to the earth or environment, then read this carefully. Our democracy is on the endangered species list. It is dying. And when it does, there will be no hope for the climate, ourselves, or [...]

Climate Strategy: Are We Inadvertently Causing Climate Backlash?

2020-09-02T18:57:45+00:00September 1st, 2020|Climate Communications, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging, Reasons for Acting|

The other day I was talking to my daughter on the phone when I noticed a subtle change in her reaction to the pandemic. I believe this also applies to the climate crisis. She said she’d just gotten back from a run to Target with her youngest daughter and [...]

Climate Activists: Are You Stuck Fighting the Dominant Narratives?

2020-07-30T15:04:52+00:00July 30th, 2020|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

We Need to Pivot to Our Own.   I am giving testimony to an administrative law judge on the impact of climate change on Minnesota crops, and why we shouldn’t allow a dirty tar sands pipeline to be built in our state. There are three hundred people in the [...]

This One Key Element In Your Climate Message Can Change the World

2020-06-22T21:09:50+00:00June 22nd, 2020|Climate Communications, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

I am heading west. The land is brushed with a thousand shades of khaki and rust. As I rise up out of the Missouri breaks, the sun slides under a reef of clouds and lights the horizon for a thousand miles. Hawks stand witness as they sit on fence [...]

The Language of this Moment in the Streets Will Cause Us to Succeed or Fail

2020-06-20T15:30:16+00:00June 11th, 2020|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

Black Lives Matter! I can't breathe. George Floyd. No justice/no peace. Defund the police. Protestors. Looters. Riots. Law and order. Activism is not terrorism. Movements and causes rise and fall based on the language they use. Not only the current events, but the climate and environmental movements as well. [...]

What Is Your Vision for a Better Climate Future?

2020-04-29T16:35:19+00:00April 28th, 2020|Climate Communications, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

I am captivated by maps. They possess some magical pull on my imagination. Names take on a mystical significance with the rhythm of their syllables; the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Kyoto and the Cauca. This could just be a romantic reflection, but I am curious about our human attraction to horizons. [...]

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