I've spoken before about the generally unhelpful nature of purity tests and the role BP played in popularizing the concept of personal carbon footprint and by association, personal guilt ... but the results of this study made even me say WOW. journals.ametsoc.org/wcas/article/d… Image
Do not get me wrong: though climate change requires system-wide solutions, systems are made up of people and our actions DO matter. But "if everyone did X we could fix it" and "if you don't do X you are evil" alienates more potential allies than it gains, even though ..
... our motives for doing so are entirely understandable. If we really understand climate change is scares us sh**less and our natural reaction to fear is to attempt to control it and our own behaviour and that of others is a lot easier to control than multinationals and govts.
The fear is what spurs us to action. But our action must be constructive. Bring climate impacts down to the local scale to de-polarize the issue and connect with others; emphasize surprising, inspiring, and inclusive solutions that bring others on board. ted.com/talks/katharin…
I talk about how i reduce food waste, plug in my car, have a carbon-smart travel policy; but I also share communities we can engage with, surprising actors from companies to cities making massive changes; smart farming techniques, new technology, bipartisan policies + more.
Fear drives us to demand "this silver bullet as the solution" but in reality there is so much "silver buckshot" and demonstrating the short-term positive effects of such choices and actions is what motivates us to move forward together to a better future. drawdown.org
Action is what must result if we are to have any hope. @reneelertzman ted.com/talks/renee_le…
Recommended further reading by my @allwecansave co-author @MaryHeglar -> vox.com/the-highlight/… and my colleague in science and communication, @MichaelEMann -> time.com/5669071/lifest…
h/t to @MaibachEd at the very end since he's the one who alerted me to this study. At the end, so he doesn't get inundated by all the replies! Of course, we'd agree, it's only one study. We need many. But it's worth considering + fits w other work pointing in the same direction.
And for anyone who wants a bit more of a lit review on the connection between fear, hope, and efficacy (feeling empowered and able to act), here's a few studies:
1/ journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/10…
2/ tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.108…
3/ frontiersin.org/articles/10.33…

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9 Nov
The science carnage of the Trump administration continues, unchecked by the recent election.
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3 Nov
It amazes and saddens me how many people are willing to let some of the richest multinationals in the world off the hook when it comes to carbon emissions and blame themselves + other individuals instead. "We're the consumers" say the drug addicts, "so it must be our fault." Image
Guilt can be a powerful motivator of societal change, yes ... when those who feel that guilt have the power to effect change at the scale that would mitigate that guilt. When it comes to carbon emissions, tho, the fact is that we as individuals DON'T.
That is why, as @MichaelEMann explains so clearly and lucidly here, we need system-wide change. time.com/5669071/lifest…
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2 Nov
Royal Dutch Shell is #6 on the list of 90 companies responsible for 2/3 of greenhouse gas emissions since the dawn of the industrial era. Their cumulative emissions equal those of the country of 🇨🇦. sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/j…
Yes, everyone must do their part - starting with the biggest emitters. That means you, @Shell.
Despite what the CEO of Shell claimed in 2019, eating food that's in season, avoiding fast fashion and recycling ISN'T GOING TO CUT IT when it comes to stabilizing climate change. Those actions will make no more than the tiniest of dents. vice.com/en/article/a3x…
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Press release from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy claims science + tech highlights of Trump's first term include "ending the covid-19 pandemic" and "taking action to understand and protect the environment." politico.com/news/2020/10/2…
The truth? The Trump administration has or is in the process of rolling back over 100 pieces of legislation that protect the "clean air, clean water, and resilient environment" the press release claims to have protected. Source: statista.com/chart/18268/en…
The Trump administration also deliberately misrepresented the findings of the National Climate Assessment and just this fall hired new appointees who explicitly reject the science to "consult" on the NCA process in the future.
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27 Oct
US DOE has blocked reports for more than 40 clean energy studies. “There are dozens of reports that can’t be published,” said Stephen Capanna, former director of strategic analysis who quit in frustration in April 2019. h/t @dan_kammen cc @SolomonG_R invw.org/2020/10/26/tru…
.. while claiming that energy efficiency - a powerhouse win-win solution which could reduce US carbon emissions a whopping 50% and save $700B - is all about making people's windows tiny (?!) aceee.org/sites/default/…
... and that wind energy, which supplies 20% of Texas' electricity, is a bird killer. Well sure...but compared to fossil fuels, windows, and cats? It's quite literally microscopic; plus there's lots of cool new tech to reduce wind bird deaths further. sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
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Mrs. Eunice Newton Foote (1819-1888) was a women's rights advocate & pioneering scientist. In 2020, @EarthSci_Info + @Roland_Jackson reanalyzed the data from her groundbreaking 1856 study to show you could estimate a climate sensitivity of 2-3C from it! royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rs…
Climate sensitivity is the equilibrium change in global mean temperature resulting from a doubling of CO2 relative to pre-industrial levels. It's usually represented as a probability distribution with a mean value around 2.4-4.7. Here is a recent review: agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdfdirect/…
Why don't we know the value for sure? Because we've never seen this much carbon going into the atmosphere this fast with these precise initial conditions. We are conducting a truly unprecedented experiment with our planet. iopscience.iop.org/article/10.108…
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