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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 [...]

The Coup Attempt is Not Over! Climate Champions – Let’s Pay Attention To Our Words.

2021-01-16T17:16:39+00:00January 13th, 2021|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications, Climate politics, Language|

Folks, the coup attempt to overthrow our democracy on January 6th by Trump traitors is not over! Not by a long shot. The battle is now being waged in the words we use to describe what happened, and will determine what happens next. For those in the climate movement [...]

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 [...]

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