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 [...]

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 Activists… Don’t Tell Me What To Do.

2020-12-25T19:44:22+00:00October 28th, 2020|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging|

“You need to lighten up a little.” “I’m not angry.” “Yes, you are.” “No! I’m not!” This is a conversation I observed between my daughter and her 10 year-old. It reminds me that no one likes to be told what to do. Not kids, and not adults. Telling people [...]

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 [...]

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