How We Can All Make Better Climate Posts on Facebook

2021-03-16T20:27:24+00:00March 15th, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, General|

Chance are if you’re posting about climate on Facebook, you have positive intentions (deniers excepted) and want to avert the worst effects for our families, communities, and the planet. But sometimes the way we post has unintended consequences. Here are the three top mistakes we all make, and what [...]

The One Climate Communications Skill I Still Suck At

2021-03-07T18:48:56+00:00March 5th, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging|

When my granddaughter Sol was five, she asked me a simple question, “Abba, where do babies come from?” “Hmmm?” I thought I knew the answer to this one, but my internal dialogue as a babysitter was “I should probably leave this to her mother?” As a grandfather, I was [...]

“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 [...]

The Climate Activist Issues Trap and How To Avoid Getting Caught

2021-03-01T17:53:39+00:00February 28th, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Stories|

I’ve seen dozens of climate and environmental campaigns over the last 10 years. Almost every one falls into the issues trap. It’s the tactic of fighting a climate or environmental problem with facts and reason, rather than calling out the underlying violation of our values and telling a story. [...]

How We’re Screwing Renewables With Our Response to the Texas Big Freeze Grid Disaster

2021-02-22T17:56:03+00:00February 17th, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Framing|

Once again, Charlie Brown climate media and communicators are trying to kick Lucy’s proverbial football as she yanks it away. Right wing fossil fuel sponsored Lucy is the Wall Street Journal and Fox News. Their football frame is blaming Texas power outages on frozen wind turbines and renewables. What [...]

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 [...]

Why Aren’t Our Climate Communications More Like Hallmark Ads?

2020-12-30T18:44:55+00:00December 30th, 2020|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging|

You remember the ones. The scene of the soldier hitchhiking though a blizzard to make it home for Christmas. His mother waiting, holding his worn photo in her hand and brushing it gently. The joy on her face as he enters her kitchen. Then the hug. Wait for it. [...]

Using a Value’s Sandwich to Spur Climate Action in 2021

2020-12-28T18:00:24+00:00December 19th, 2020|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging|

As a climate champion, do you know how to use this one tip... a values sandwich, to get action on your climate projects? What’s a values sandwich, and how can it help our climate causes? This communication tip works just as well for Uncle Ralph at Thanksgiving as stopping [...]

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 [...]

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