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 [...]

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 [...]

One Tip That Improved My Climate Communications.

2020-10-17T15:49:34+00:00August 18th, 2020|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Reasons for Acting|

Warning: Nerd Alert. Nerd Alert. (But I'll make this easy.) Ever wonder why some of your climate communications work better than others? Some emails get more opens. Some campaigns get more calls to your elected officials. Some fundraising gets more responses? Once you master this secret magic formula, it [...]

Corona Virus and Climate – Walls Won’t Help

2020-03-04T18:09:09+00:00March 4th, 2020|Actions You Can Take, Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Reasons for Acting, Renewable Energy|

I am struck by the similarities of the Corona Virus and the Climate Crisis. They are both equal opportunity threats to our way of life. The COVID-19 virus will not be stopped by walls, and neither will the impact of climate. Yet there is a common path forward. In [...]

Climate Strategy – Are We Ignoring Rural America?

2020-01-15T18:56:13+00:00January 14th, 2020|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Climate Strategy, Reasons for Acting|

I have a friend who grew up in rural Minnesota. His favorite expression is, “You can’t put a duck bill on a beaver and call it a platypus.” This aphorism pretty much sums up urban thinking about rural America. We try to make it something it isn’t, and then [...]

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, [...]

Losing Hope? Try This Before Your Next Climate Meeting…

2021-09-27T17:06:06+00:00December 30th, 2019|Actions You Can Take, Environmental Messaging, Reasons for Acting|

I have a friend who laments the loss of hope with regard to the climate crisis. I hear this a lot in climate organizations. You work your ass off for months or years trying to stop a toxic pipeline, and then they put it in anyway. Or you can’t [...]

10 Good Things That Happened for Climate in 2019

2019-12-26T20:22:19+00:00December 26th, 2019|Actions You Can Take, Reasons for Acting, Renewable Energy, Transportation|

2019 has been a tough year for work on the climate crisis. From fires in California, Australia, the Amazon and the Arctic, to hurricanes, floods and melting ice sheets, the news is grim. But it is not all doom and gloom. While we certainly have a long way to [...]

What Is the Single Question I Get Asked Most About the Climate?

2019-12-17T03:15:44+00:00December 14th, 2019|Actions You Can Take, Climate Communications, Reasons for Acting|

It usually happens after every talk I’ve given around the country. The talk is over and a few people are gathered up front to make 1:1 comments or ask a question. A person waits politely for other conversations to finish. Their question usually begins with a qualification such as, [...]

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