A new coalition is monitoring the overlap of climate denial with other conspiracy theories online

Carl Meyer discusses the links between climate denial with other disinformation in an article on the National Observer website.   Climate denial mixing with other disinformation, analysis shows A new coalition is monitoring the overlap of climate denial with other conspiracy theories online, and one of its founders says Canada is not immune from this … Continue reading A new coalition is monitoring the overlap of climate denial with other conspiracy theories online

Chevron plays race card trying to undermine Green New Deal

A public affairs company working for Chevron accidentally let slip that the oil company is behind a messaging campaign to accuse environmentalists of hurting black communities.  Corbin Hiar explains in an article on the E&E News website. What are your views?   Slip-up reveals Chevron ties to architect of climate attack It was an audacious … Continue reading Chevron plays race card trying to undermine Green New Deal

Story telling in the low-carbon energy transition

Derek Gladwin, Assistant Professor, Language & Literacy Education, and Sustainability Fellow at the University of British Columbia writes on The Conversation website that stories matter and those for the new energy transition will be different than those when fossil fuels dominated. Importantly he writes: “If we start to communicate and educate about energy transition through … Continue reading Story telling in the low-carbon energy transition

Environmental racism exists and that the rhetoric of “conservation” and “saving the planet” does not only come from what is called the left

There appears to be “fake news” that is intentionally seeding confusion as we address the coronavirus while also needing to keep a long-term focus on addressing climate change. Marc Hudson, Researcher on Sociomaterial Transformations at Keele University, explains in an article on The Conversation website.   Beware far-right arguments disguised as environmentalism Posters in the … Continue reading Environmental racism exists and that the rhetoric of “conservation” and “saving the planet” does not only come from what is called the left

How to protect the public against disinformation climate denier campaigns

This article from Stephan Lewandowsky, Chair of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Bristol and John Hunter, University Associate, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania reflect on how to protect the public against disinformation campaigns in future fire seasons in Australia.  There are lessons for all of us.   We … Continue reading How to protect the public against disinformation climate denier campaigns

The power of comedy to address the climate crisis

There are many ways to communicate important messages on any topic. As the author, Birte Loschenkohl, Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow, Department of Philosophy at the University of Essex says in an article on The Conversation website: climate change is often narrated like a classic Greek tragedy. But she argues, comedy also has an important role … Continue reading The power of comedy to address the climate crisis

Getting messages out about climate change through comedy and humour

Maxwell Boykoff, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Director, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado Boulder writes an article on The Conversation website that there is often good value in using humour to communicate about climate change. DO you agree?   Leave 'em laughing instead of crying: Climate humor … Continue reading Getting messages out about climate change through comedy and humour

A linguist reviews how oil companies bring out their greener side

We are all aware that businesses try to present their social responsibility activities to show their better side. It is seldom that we have someone analyse how the oil industry in particular uses language in a way to present their greener side. Sylvia Jaworska, Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading provides … Continue reading A linguist reviews how oil companies bring out their greener side

Bringing the lessons of psychology to bear on communicating the importance climate change

There is an on-going debate as to the most effective approach to get people to take climate change seriously. Lucia Graves writes in the Guardian about the complications in finding the right approach. What are your views?   Which works better: climate fear, or climate hope? Well, it's complicated There’s a debate in climate circles … Continue reading Bringing the lessons of psychology to bear on communicating the importance climate change

Blog from Catrin Maby – The ‘stuckness’ of energy policy for buildings – taking a different standpoint

Energy efficiency policy can sometimes seem a bit stuck, and perhaps nowhere more than in the sphere of buildings. There is a natural human need to focus in on ‘technical fixes’ (like ‘smart’ technologies) because they seem like they could be easy solutions. This is sadly an illusion - in reality there is no quick … Continue reading Blog from Catrin Maby – The ‘stuckness’ of energy policy for buildings – taking a different standpoint