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How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference

How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference 1

by Rebecca Huntley
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Publication Date: 02/07/2020
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A toolkit for understanding our emotional responses to climate change and how we can have meaningful conversations across dividing lines.

Why is it so hard to talk about climate change?

While scientists double down on the shocking figures, we still find ourselves unable to discuss climate change meaningfully among friends and neighbours - or even to grapple with it ourselves.

The key to progress on climate change is in the psychology of human attitudes and our ability to change. Whether you're already alarmed and engaged with the issue, concerned but disengaged, a passive skeptic or an active denier, understanding our emotional reactions to climate change - why it makes us anxious, fearful, angry or detached - is critical to coping on an individual level and convincing each other to act.

This book is about understanding why people who aren't like you feel the way they do and learning to talk to them effectively. What we need are thousands - millions - of everyday conversations about the climate to enlarge the ranks of the concerned, engage the disengaged and persuade the cautious of the need for action.

ISBN:
9781760525361
9781760525361
Category:
Climate change
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
02-07-2020
Publisher:
Murdoch Books
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm
Weight:
0.4kg
'The antidote to climate anxiety is action. Make your first action reading this book.'
OSHER GUNSBERG
Rebecca Huntley

Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's foremost researchers on social trends. She holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in gender studies.

For nearly nine years, Rebecca was at the global research firm Ipsos. From 2006 until 2015, she was the Director of the Mind & Mood Report, Australia's longest-running social trends report.

She is the author of numerous books, and was a feature writer for Australian Vogue, a columnist for BRW and the presenter of Drive on a Friday on Radio National.

She is on the Artistic Advisory Board of the Bell Shakespeare Company and is an adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales.

Rebecca currently provides research counsel to Essential, an integrated research and communications agency in Australia and New Zealand.

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  • Everyone should read this book

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    This book goes through the most common emotions that people experience in response to the topic of climate change. It even helped me understand my own reactions. I bought this book as someone who would shut off from conversations about climate change, and this book has shown me that I did it because I felt guilty and anxious about climate change, and that the messages about taking action all went against my political ideology. It's also great that I have a better understanding of human psychology, as I am now much better at handling my own emotions and looking at problems without the filter of emotion. The advice and experience in this book doesn't have to be about climate change either! It can be applied to any topic.