1/5: "... researchers concluded that simply engaging in a discussion about #climatechange with someone you trust & respect increased a person’s belief in the scientific reality."

via @GreenBiz @phillipberry

#trustthemessenger #prosocial #scicomm

greenbiz.com/article/holida…
2/5: Important to keep in mind for any controversial issue - having trust in the messenger & talking through the details contributes to understanding & finding common ground.

I wrote about this from a cultural evolutionary perspective here evolution-institute.org/blurring-the-l…, via @tvolmag
3/5: Here's a study finding social/cultural factors like trust have more influence on decision-making than technical knowledge. Specific topic was acceptance of wasterwater reuse linkedin.com/posts/marcel-h…

#trustthemessenger #prosocial #scicomm
4/5: Here's a study finding we can reduce polarization by encouraging people to explain the details of what they support, their sources, & expected outcomes: behavioralscientist.org/to-fight-polar…

#trustthemessenger #prosocial #scicomm #polarization
5/5: And finally, here's another article providing tips for talking with friends & family about #climatechange & #climateaction: blog.ecosia.org/how-to-talk-to…, via @Ecosia

#trustthemessenger #prosocial #scicomm #polarization

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