Politics and Policy
Communication experts, psychologists, academics, activists, politicians, theologians, bloggers, scientists and corporate consultants in environment/leadership all came together at the 2011 Stonehouse Standing Circle to take a deep dive into the human mind and motivations behind our failure to get climate back on the public agenda.
"Let’s face it: a large part of our political class, including essentially the entire G.O.P., is deeply invested in an energy sector dominated by fossil fuels, and actively hostile to alternatives. This political class will do everything it can to ensure subsidies for the extraction and use of fossil fuels, directly with taxpayers’ money and indirectly by letting the industry off the hook for environmental costs, while ridiculing technologies like solar."
Those in government and nonprofits trying to communicate to the public about climate change say that they often lack the time and resources to digest the latest research and incorporate it into their campaigns. ClimateAccess.org is a bridge between researchers and practioners. It is timely, and already over 100 people have signed up!
"Time to ruggedize: We should talk more about preparing for climate change" is the title of a recent Grist article (www.grist.org) by David Roberts who found both inspiration and hope in a presentation by Cara Pike of the Social Capital Project.
A study from the Psychology Department of the University of California, Berkley, offers one possible explanation for how belief in global warming is heading in the opposite direction of the mounting evidence.
From aboard the Louis S. St-Laurent, Canadian scholar Thomas Homer-Dixen writes,
"It is possible that the changes I’m seeing from the ship deck are the beginning of the climate shock that will awaken us to the danger we face."
Standford Survey Clearly Shows Americans Believe in Global Warming and Will Support Government Action
By Cara Pike, June 11th, 2010
Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D., Director, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, released another paper that examines the impact of Climategate on public perceptions of climate change and climate scientists.
Here are the major findings: