Communicating Climate Crisis Issues

Communicating Climate Crisis Issues
Vancouver ChangeCamp 2010
Facilitator: E. Harrison

How to create an ‘aha’ moment for everyone so that we can create change in time for it to have a meaningful impact on changing climate?

  • It’s about (re)framing the message in a way that’s relevant for people as well as addressing what makes sense.
  • People don’t want to be told what to do with their lives.
  • Communicating around climate change can focus on health issues and renewable energy.
  • Need tool emphasizing positive impact on env & climate. Like reverse carbon footprint counter.
  • How can we use/build apps to demonstrate the complexities and externalizations of the issues?
  • What would app look like that takes action beyond individual behavior change to societal level?

Questions to ask (forum idea ) to help facilitate ‘aha’ moment:

  • How much do you spend on insurance per year? Very low probability of a lot of the disasters actually happening yet a very high probability of climate crisis.
  • Why spend thousands on insurance and only hundreds on sustainability/climate issues?

Answer:  It’s a lot to do with the immediacy/speed of disaster – one will destroy the biz instantly and one will only have impact much later.

The Empathic Civilisation by RSA Animate and Jeremy Rifkin, Interesting projects surfacing now around positive visions for a sustainable future.

Posted in 2010, Sustainability.

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