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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

by Rebecca Huntley


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Perhaps no other issue today is as confronting as our warming earth. In the past few years alone, we have seen major environmental crises and global protests, from the fires in Australia to the Amazonian fires in Brazil. Yet, whilst scientists double down on shocking figures, many of us fail to move beyond environmental sympathising to action.

In How to Talk About Climate Change In a Way That Makes a Difference, social researcher Rebecca Huntley addresses the social and psychological factors that underpin how we respond to climate change so we can better persuade people to act. 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.

How To Talk About Climate Change 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.

This is a must-read for anybody who wants to find their own motivation for change, or for those looking to understand how to motivate others into action.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911632764
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Publication date: 03/16/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 517,005
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's most experienced social researchers and former director of The Mind and Mood Report, the longest running measure of the nation's attitudes and trends. She holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in gender studies, and is a mum to three children. It was realising she is part of the problem older generation that caused her change of heart and to dedicate herself to researching our attitudes to climate change. She is a member of Al Gore's Climate Reality Corps, carries out social research for NGOs such as The Wilderness Society and WWF, and writes and presents for the ABC. This is her sixth book.

Table of Contents

Introduction a Change of Heart: Or how I became emotional about climate change 1

1 The Problem with Reason: Or why we need to stop arguing about science 13

2 Start Being Emotional: Or the importance of feelings over facts 29

3 Green Girls: Or what we can learn from teens on talking about climate 45

4 Guilt: Or my plastic coffee cup killed the green sea turtle 67

5 Fear: Or do wildfires change minds and votes? 91

6 Anger: Or how to turn anger into activism 115

7 Denial: Or the need to be innocent 131

8 Despair: Or the support group at the end of the world 151

9 Hope: Or how to get out of bed in the morning 117

10 Loss: Or bury me in a carbon sink 195

11 Love: Or do it for the birds 217

Conclusion Talk About Climate Change: It's the right time 231

Acknowledgements 249

Notes 251

Suggested reading and resources 271

Index 277

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