• June 9, 2011

On June 8, 2001, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication released its first of four reports, based on a survey on Americans’ climate change and energy beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior. The report, entitled Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in May 2011, highlights how American attitudes have shifted since June 2010.

In contrast, a May 29 Newsweek article entitled Are You Ready for More? discusses the effects of climate change and the reality of climate...

• May 24, 2011

The Social Capital Project of the Resource Innovation Group has just announced the release of a new report entitled American Climate Attitudes. The report provides analysis of public opinion trends and recommendations for climate practitioners regarding communication and engagement.

The report is based on the authors' experience as climate and environmental communicators and on a review of public opinion research and polling data over the last few years and compared these findings with trends since 1997.

The key findings are outlined along the seven...

• May 17, 2011

 What is the best design for a national climate change engagement, education and communications campaign? How do we encourage Canadians (and Americans) to support local, regional and national policies to reduce emissions through either passive acceptance or vocal demand?

This new paper outlines what leading communication thinkers and social change practitioners have to say about these difficult questions.

The paper (attached below) takes an honest look at the environmental movement’s current strategy to communicate with and engage the public. It discusses internal and external restrainers and drivers of transformative change, and outlines how environmentalists can become more effective messengers and create an ‘environmental culture’, not just...

• May 16, 2011

The Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation recently published their first Working Paper on Framing Climate Change Adaptation in Policy and Practice as part of their project on Framing multi-level and multi-actor adaptation responses in the Victorian context. Authored by Harmut Fünfgelt and Darryn McEvoy, the April 2011 report clarifies some of the terminology and discusses commonly used frames for understanding climate change adaptation in the Australian context, and elsewhere in the world.

The authors discuss the hazards, risk management, vulnerability and resilience...

• April 23, 2011

 In this April 15 Globe and Mail article, David Suzuki discusses legacy,  the David Suzuki Foundation and mistakes of the environmental movement, including underestimating corporations' ability to confuse, 'ghettoizing'  environmental issues and insufficiently educating children in the early days.

• April 23, 2011

 Dr. John Mashey is a computer scientist who recently got involved in studying climate science and anti-science and has and also published reports on DeSmogBlog.
On April 7, 2011, he delivered a lecture entitled ‘The Machinery of Climate Anti-Science’ at the University of British Columbia as part of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions’ Seminar Series, where he exposed some of the main elements and strategies of the climate deniers to deter climate policy and action.

Even though the science is clear enough, appropriate...

• March 27, 2011

Marshall Ganz is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Renowned labor organizer, he is known for organizing the California farm worker movement, and more recently, for playing an instrumental role behind Barack Obama’s electoral campaign. In this 2009 article, he discusses the power of narrative strategy and the ‘story of self’ in developing broad and transformative social movements.

As we explore how to create tipping points, Ganz’s message about communicating values through stories is a critical one to keep in mind.

The art and craft of social change

Jim Hoggan • March 22, 2011

This post by Alex Himmelfarb on Overton's Window is an imperative read for people interested in changing public perception and creating room for politicians to do the right thing. 

See the blog post here: Crazy Ideas: Overton's Window and the Political Imagination



• March 5, 2011

The 2010 report by the APA Task Force on the Interface Between Psychology and Global Climate Change reviews a wide range of research and practice relevant to climate change, including work in environmental and conservation psychology, studies of human responses to natural and technological disasters, efforts to encourage environmentally responsible behavior, and research on the psychosocial impacts of climate change.

Psychology and Global Climate Change: Addressing a Multifaceted Phenomenon and Set of Challenges considers psychology’...

• February 24, 2011

Common Cause: The Case for Working with our Cultural Values: In confronting the profound challenges of our times, civil society organizations can find common cause in working to activate and strengthen a set of helpful 'intrinsic' values, while working to diminish the importance of unhelpful 'extrinsic' values.

The report, authored by Tom Crompton and published in September 2010 by WWF-UK in partnership with Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN), Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), Friends of the Earth...

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