In this article, Rebecca Solnit, argues the need for more and better stories about everything that's happening on the climate solutions front, stories that balance the bad and good news, that give context, that exposes who's responsible for the climate crisis and focus on systems change and collective action.
Small island states are typically depicted in global media as desperately sinking or moments away from total annihilation due to climate change. But this is not the whole story - for decades some of the most climate vulnerable countries have been the loudest voices leading the climate movement and bringing about real change. As a native Tongan/Pacific Islander and communications specialist, Josephine Latu-Sanft, shares the historic role of small island states not merely as climate victims but as climate warriors.
In March 2023 the UN released one of its scientific reports offering humanity a 'final warning' to avoid climate catastrophe - but it barely got any coverage. Podcast host Tom Heap explores the question: what is it about bleak climate assessments that can cause people to switch off? He talks to psychologist Dr Sander van der Linden why our brains struggle to process news that scares people and speaks to comedian Tom Walker, AKA Jonathan Pie, about using humour to get the point across.
This review study found “partial yet inconclusive evidence” that increasing hope makes people engage more with the climate. It found people whose hope was rooted in complacency were less likely to engage than those whose hope was linked to action.
This study, which asked 2,000 Norwegian adults how they felt about the climate crisis, found the link to activism was seven times stronger for anger than it was for hope. The effects were smaller for other actions, but fear and guilt were the best predictors of policy support, while sadness, fear and hope were the best predictors of behavioural change.
David Wallace-Wells, the author of the controversial New York magazine cover story about worst-case climate scenarios in conversation with a prominent critic and climate scientist, Michael Mann about the effectiveness or not of fear narratives.
Messages that focus on the consequences of inaction are common, but they are not as impactful as messages of empowerment. In her talk, Jeannine Bartz shares the findings of her research, which reveals the importance of three key messages when it comes to communicating about recycling. Ultimately, when we all focus on what we can do, together we can have a tremendous collective impact.
Psychologist and economist Per Espen Stokes has spent years studying the defenses we use to avoid thinking about the demise of our planet -- and figuring out a new way of talking about global warming that keeps us from shutting down. Step away from the doomsday narratives and learn how to make caring for the earth feel personable, do-able and empowering with this fun, informative talk.
Since the 1980s public conversations about climate change have been dominated by the language of science and politics. Our own fears of scientific inaccuracy and uncertainty – or political disagreement – have censored us from talking about how to live on a changing planet. This talk presents a new frame for conversations about climate change – place – places that matter. We can change the conversation about climate change by connecting the issues to the places and people we love.
In this interview with Climate psychologist, Per Espen Stoknes, we learn how people tend to disengage out of fear and guilt feelings, which tend to be evoked by the climate change "doom framing". He points out to our motivations when we hear and see others around us taking action and the need for four types of new stories will reach people's hearts and send the message that we are in this together.