How to Talk About Climate Change at the Thanksgiving Dinner Table
One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is spending time with my family, especially extended family members whom I don’t get to see often enough. Our time together includes the usual Thanksgiving traditions – eating specially prepared food (I’m bringing my signature apple pie this year), watching football, and taking a walk between the main course and the pies.
My family knows that I am passionate about climate change and creation care, so during the course of our day together, as we talk about each other’s interests, these topics can come up.
Most of my family shares my desire for climate solutions that will help bring about a more just and sustainable world. However, I do have one family member (let’s call him Uncle Joe) whose views differ from mine, so our conversations can at times feel uncomfortable or risky.
Perhaps you expect to face a similar situation with your own Uncle Joe this Thanksgiving as you gather with your family and friends?
While the majority of Americans (71%) now believe climate change is happening, most of us (68%) believe it’s risky to admit our views if they differ from friends and family.
ecoAmerica’s latest research offer some ways to ease into this conversation as you’re passing around the stuffing and cranberries.
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This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for your climate leadership and all your faithful work to make the world a better place for us all. Happy Thanksgiving to your family and you.
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