The Language of Political Violence and Climate

2024-07-20T17:02:07+00:00July 19th, 2024|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications, Climate politics|

Why do Exxon Mobil and Donald Trump get to determine the fate of our children and a livable planet? Both use the language of violence. Both are a huge threat to our future and democracy. Both are connected. Our leaders are calling for us to calm our rhetoric in [...]

How To Deal With Lying Climate Denialists and Their Lying Ways

2024-07-10T21:47:58+00:00July 7th, 2024|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications, Climate politics, Environmental Messaging|

"For the first time in its history, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has named the spread of climate misinformation as an obstruction to climate action, particularly in the United States.[i]" The question becomes, how do we deal with this onslaught of misinformation and disinformation? The first step is [...]

Book Review: Cheaper, Faster, Better – by Tom Steyer

2024-06-09T16:14:00+00:00June 8th, 2024|Book Review, Business and Environment, Climate Change, Climate Strategy|

I like Tom Steyer. I’ve supported his campaign and his grassroots organizations since 2015 because he's a climate champion. He is an optimistic, strategic, and pragmatic thinker and this book is very much worth the easy read that it is. If you need a boost in well-reasoned climate optimism, [...]

Me, Myself, and I – Choosing Your Subject in Climate Communications

2024-07-01T17:21:29+00:00May 22nd, 2024|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Framing, Language|

We know that the way we use language in the public debate often influences which policies or candidates gets supported. Often, the most effective language activates deep-seated circuits or frames in our brains that are about right and wrong. For example, “My country, love it or leave it.” This [...]

House Speaker Mike Johnson, Climate Skeptic or Climate Denier?

2023-10-27T16:31:55+00:00October 26th, 2023|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications, Climate politics, Language|

Choose Your Climate Label Carefully... The new House Speaker, Mike Johnson, has been described in headlines by the Guardian, US Energy News, the Hill, and many other media outlets as a “Climate Skeptic.” Most of the articles identify his connection with the fossil fuel industry, and his 100% rating [...]

A Simple Way To Increase Climate Identity and Action

2023-08-27T15:36:00+00:00August 27th, 2023|Climate Communications, Identity, Language|

I am a SWIMMER! When I started in the climate movement I went in search of “magic words.” Something simple that I could say that would motivate others to take action. Perhaps you’ve also wished for those words. I found it was a fool’s errand. Not the search for [...]

What Climate Activists Miss – The Myth of the Funnel

2023-10-19T17:16:32+00:00August 26th, 2023|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging|

Would you show up for a first date with a ring, a proposal for marriage, and your parents in tow? Of course not. But that’s what a lot of climate activists and communication professionals do by mistake. I was talking to the director of a Minnesota climate organization the [...]

We’re Losing the Climate War to Fossil Fuel Corporations and Republican Extremists, and We Don’t Even Know It

2023-08-09T15:58:58+00:00August 9th, 2023|Actions You Can Take, Climate Communications, Climate politics, Identity|

According to Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the of the Yale Project of Climate Communication, “We are in a propaganda war with the fossil fuel industry, but we aren’t even on the battlefield.” To which I will add, that we don’t even know we’re in a war, or if we [...]

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