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…

2019-12-30T16:07:02+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, [...]

Do Meaningless Words Come Out of Your Mouth Regarding Climate?

2019-07-01T14:17:30+00:00June 30th, 2019|Actions You Can Take, Climate Change, Environmental Messaging|

If I hear someone say that the climate is an existential crisis one more time, I am going to puke. I don’t much like the word environment either. It has four syllables. Think about how I feel about the word environmentalist. It has six! OK, this is a bit [...]

Fear Versus Urgency in Climate Communications

2019-05-20T15:48:13+00:00May 20th, 2019|Actions You Can Take, Environmental Messaging|

The real debate around the climate crisis is not whether it’s happening, but how to get people to act. So the most important question for climate communicators is how do we create urgency and action without creating paralyzing fear or apathy. One side, catalyzed by David Wallace-Wells article in [...]

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 [...]

Promoting Renewable Energy: Seven Areas that You Might Be Missing

2018-07-01T17:46:27+00:00June 28th, 2018|Actions You Can Take, Environmental Messaging, Renewable Energy|

I have a confession. As a strong citizen proponent of renewable energy, I admit that I have been naïve. On my journey of understanding what can be done to promote the use of clean energy, I’ve learned two things. The first is that the messaging is simple and clear. [...]

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