Last month, I had the opportunity to participate in Climate Reality’s Leadership Corps Training. The event was filled with passionate, intelligent change-makers.
We discussed how fossil fuel companies have manufactured doubt about climate science in public discourse, even while their own scientists spent decades informing them about the reality of the climate crisis.
Although I’ve been immersed in the arena of climate misinformation for more than a decade, participating on this panel deepened my awareness of the levels of complexity we must maneuver through to tackle climate change.
Here are some images from the event:
With four months to go before election day, Americans are already experiencing voter fatigue. As the campaign ramps up and attacks on the candidates increase, a poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS News found that six out of ten Americans are not looking forward to the next four months. Furthermore, 46% said they were unenthusiastic about the election.
In their interview, Thom Hartmann and James Hoggan discuss how this sentiment is being fuelled by the toxic nature of public conversation. People are being driven away from the public square because all they see is an endless battle.
Later, Hoggan explains how skilled professionals are stoking our tribalistic tendencies in order to undermine the credibility of those who disagree with their clients. These individuals are infusing issues with highly polarized, partisan meaning. The result? Stifled logic and an inability for the collective to tackle important issues.
Watch the interview here:
My years of research for I’m Right and You’re an Idiot, as well as decades of experience in public relations, have persuaded me that we humans have a fickle relationship with facts. We paint a picture of the world according to facts that appeal to us, and we unconsciously blur the edges or use brushstrokes of denial when faced with disagreeable realities and alarming truths. [Read more…]