News & Discussion
Check out these timely articles and essays which may be helpful for framing various environmental issues, connecting with specific audiences, or otherwise informing your storytelling and communications.
- Sheen before green: Entertainment news outstrips environment coverage 3 to 1
This should come as a surprise to nobody, considering the uncertain state of environmental journalism in the US, but green coverage in the media is wildly overshadowed by entertainment and sports stories. Notably, local papers devoted the most space to environmental stories, something to keep in mind. Story via The Observatory at Columbia Journalism Review. Happy Friday!
- It’s time to make
the connection on carbon
Good news: US oil consumption fell by 1.5% in 2012, and coal use fell by 14%. Even better? A recent poll shows that Republicans and Democrats alike support revised environmental standards “would reduce pollution from cars, trucks and SUVs, would protect public health and would create jobs by encouraging innovation.” It kind of seems like the time is ripe for messaging on carbon emissions! Bonus: 67% of Americans would rather the government tax carbon pollution rather than cut spending to balance the budget.
- Turning Left?
To follow up on those heartening stats, along with the recent finding that 68% of Americans see global warming as a “serious problem,” why are these issues still being framed as partisan?
- 3 States Are Pushing a Bill to Require Teaching Climate Change Denial in School
In case you thought this blog post was getting too optimistic, read about the “Environmental Literacy Improvement Act” which would require teachers to “teach” the “controversy.” The states in question are Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona so don’t be afraid to speak up if you’re a resident.
Some studies, market research, toolkits, and strategies that may be helpful when communicating about conservation and climate change.
- That picture of One Direction won’t save your climate comms
Very interesting article from The CarbonBrief breaks down some new research. Scientists found that the type of photo run in newspaper articles on climate change affected how the readers felt about climate change. Images of impacts, like a dry riverbed, made people feel the issue was important but that they were helpless to stop it. Photos of clean energy futures and efficiency measures made readers feel empowered, like they could do something. However, pictures of celebrities and politicians made the readers feel climate change was just silly and unimportant.