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Overcoming the Psychological Barriers for Climate Action

We all have our idiosyncrasies. People are quirky, and the way we operate is not always rational or deliberate. Some of us know exercise is healthy but can’t get off the couch. Others have two advanced degrees and still don’t know what to do with our lives. And there are those who can’t stick with […]

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Want to Make Climate Impacts More Relatable? Start With Water

When an issue is as big and abstract as climate change, how can we make it easier for people to grasp? One of the best ways is to point to local impacts and tell personal stories that help people visualize how climate change is impacting people right now. And whether it’s a flood caused by […]

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Making Climate Action Contagious From Neighborhoods to Cities

Early this month, I had the great opportunity to tour several environmentally friendly homes located throughout my community. The outing was part of a city garden tour featuring native and drought resistant landscaping, grey-water recycling systems, solar panels and a range of innovative, eco-friendly measures implemented by environmentally conscious homeowners. These homes each presented unique, […]

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How Faith Leaders Can Help Americans Collectively Visualize Climate Change

Try to envision climate change. What does it look like and how does it make you feel? If you’re like most Americans, climate change is still an abstraction, something happening in “other places, to other people, at some point in the distant future.” Princeton University social psychologist Sander van der Linden contends that climate change […]

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We All Care About the Same Thing

In America, our diversity defines us. The “melting pot” created from our heterogeneous population is what makes our country unique. With varying ethnic backgrounds, political and religious perspectives, a range of socio-economic statuses and ways of thinking, Americans feel strongly about our right to remain ourselves.   At the same time, it’s impossible to escape […]

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Cause, Effect, and the Power of “We”: Motivating People to Act on Climate

According to a recent Gallup poll, concern about climate change is at its highest level in eight years. This is very encouraging. However, there is still some confusion about how climate change actually works, and to what degree humans are responsible.   This became apparent to me during a recent webinar I attended, called Making […]

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The Opportunity of Climate Change: How Faith Leaders Can Tell Its Story

A good story can transform the world.   Since the beginning of civilization, stories have shaped the human experience, highlighting deeper meaning in the world around us through expressions of faith and tradition. Scriptural narrative acts as a conduit for moral guidance that resonates and reforms over time, finding new application with every retelling. Prolific […]

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Vote for ecoAmerica’s Workshop at SXSW Eco!

ecoAmerica is excited to announce our proposal to lead a climate messaging workshop at SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas this coming October. And, we’re asking for your help to make this workshop a reality. As part of the panel-picking process, we need your vote!   The workshop is designed to share our latest research on […]

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San Diego Putting Its Money Where Its Mouth Is – But Will It Walk the Talk?

Mere months after releasing one of the country’s most ambitious climate action plans, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a “down payment” of $127 million in spending to implement the measures laid out in the new policy.   In the world of local climate action plans, it is rare for a mayor to provide as […]

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Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health

Despite well-researched reports showing that climate change is affecting health right now in America, only about 1/3 of Americans are aware of the risks. Most Americans think climate change is only impacting communities abroad, if affecting human health at all. Among those who are aware that Americans’ health is being harmed, many imagine that climate […]

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