Tag Archives: climate communications
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Taking the Climate Conversation Beyond the Echo Chamber

Social media is a powerful communication tool – Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms allow users to share information and ideas widely, and build a base of supporters quickly. But social media is also very effective at spreading misinformation, and in doing so, can reinforce the echo chambers that cause rumors and myths to persist.   […]

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Day 3: ecoAmerica in Paris – Scholar Activism and How Higher Ed is Shaping Climate Progress

Noah Kittner (pictured, left), a PhD candidate in energy and resources at the University of California, Berkeley, ran cross country as a high school student in Raleigh, North Carolina. He may have learned a thing or two about endurance back then that is helping him through long days at COP21 this week. Here in Paris […]

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How Climate Communications Can Save The World

Last week, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels reached a troubling milestone: CO2 levels have climbed above 400 parts per million (ppm), a level the world hasn’t seen in half a million years. What does this mean, and how can we move forward? Climate Central asked leading climate scientists to share their insights and recommendations.   […]

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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 […]

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How Hurricane Katrina Transformed Climate Research

The link between climate change and extreme weather is now widely accepted – but that wasn’t always the case. As this Climate Central article reports, climate scientists were only beginning to discover how warming seas seas create stronger hurricanes when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. That disaster brought their findings into the spotlight, causing major […]

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ecoAmerica’s Bob Perkowitz Speaks at Citizens’ Climate Lobby International Conference (Video)

On June 21, our founder Bob Perkowitz gave an address at the Citizens’ Climate Lobby International Conference in Washington, DC. Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-partisan organization focused on generating the political will needed to address climate change.   Bob began his speech by pointing out the biggest challenge facing the climate movement: only three […]

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10 Psychological Insights That Will Improve Your Climate Communications

Why aren’t more people concerned about or actively fighting climate change? A big reason is human psychology.   A new article in Grist points out 10 qualities of human nature that can cause people to tune out or downplay climate messages. For example, people don’t respond to threats that seem distant or abstract, they tend to […]

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How the Entertainment Industry Is Bringing Climate Change Into the Mainstream

From your neighborhood theater to your smartphone, climate change is starting to appear on screens of all sizes. The recent Mad Max blockbuster had a climate message, and the final film of the glamorous Cannes film festival was a climate change documentary. The HBO fantasy-drama Game of Thrones may well be a fable about climate […]

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Beyond the People in the Room: How to Engage a Broader Audience on Climate Issues

One of my favorite parts of my job is traveling to different cities and towns across America and giving workshops about climate communications. Not only do I have the opportunity to meet extraordinary people working in local government and business who are passionate about climate change, but I get to witness firsthand the work local […]

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Upcoming Workshop: Rethinking Your Notions About Effective Climate Messaging

The National Adaptation Forum (NAF) will convene its second national convention in St. Louis, MO, from May 11 to 14, 2015.   Every other year, this forum gathers the growing adaptation community together to “foster knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual support for a better tomorrow.” The 1,000 climate adaptation practitioners that are expected to attend […]

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