Reframing The Climate Conversation Now

CLIMATE HOUR – When was the last time you talked about climate issues with a friend or family member? Studies find that the majority of people are concerned about climate but don’t talk about it. Why has something as universal as the climate conversation become such a political football that it’s a forbidden topic at family holiday gatherings?

In 2002, a prominent republican pollster circulated a strategy guide advising his candidates to talk about “climate change” instead of global warming. His research found that the concept of climate change was less threatening. Global warming was a crisis. Climate change was like taking a ski trip. He effectively created a talking point that de-escalated and delayed climate action for over 20 years.

So words do matter. Words can inspire hope and action. Or they can discourage and silence our voices. How do we find that balance between inspiring hope and addressing the urgency of a situation. How do we reframe the climate conversation?

Join host, Bob Grove, and guests to discuss Reframing the Conversation. Guests include:

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  • Adam Ratner, Director of Conservation Engagement, The Marine Mammal Center
  • Hannah Phillips, Manager of Docents and Interpreters, Education Department, Saint Louis Zoo
  • Kait Birghenthal, President & Project Coordinator, National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI)
  • Dr. Megan Ennes, Assistant Curator of Museum Education and Director of the Thompson Earth Systems Institute, Florida Museum of Natural History

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