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Our Moral Obligation – The Duty to Warn, and to Act

I am a doctor. A psychiatrist. Over the years I have seen some of the darkest parts of the human condition.   I have worked with individuals who “live on the ledge” emotionally. I have worked with people who fantasize about killing people, and some who have. I have listened to people recount being tortured, […]

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New ecoAmerica Guide: 15 Steps to Create Effective Climate Communications

Along with politics and religion, climate change is high on many people’s lists of “Topics to Avoid.” It can certainly be challenging to talk about, since the issue has become so highly polarized and partisan – but as global temperatures continue to rise and carbon in the atmosphere continues to increase, it’s more important than […]

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How Connecting with Core Values Builds Strong Climate Solutions

15 years ago, I learned that values are what connect people on climate. Find out why this has never been more evident than today.   Last week, my husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. This marker prompted fond memories of when Jim and I met. At the time, I was living and working […]

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It’s Time for Clean Energy to Replace Fossil Fuels

Can clean energy replace fossil fuels? It’s already happening.   The truth is, just as computers replaced typewriters and cellphones replaced landlines, modern clean energy will replace outdated fossil fuels — it’s just a matter of how quickly. And that’s because people around the country are starting to see that the transition from dirty fossil […]

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Personally Speaking: Why Effective Climate Messaging Starts With People

At a social media conference not long ago, I sat in on a panel discussion on best practices. Be timely and responsive, the panelists advised – but above all, be human. Even when acting as the Twitter or Facebook voice of a brand or corporation, it’s important to remember that social media engagement is still […]

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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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