> Less risk leads to less distress, which in turn lowers mitigation motivation.
Mar 28, 2022 • 21 tweets • 7 min read
A quick response to this story in the @telegraph, which basically frames young people as virtue signallers and liars on environmental issues.
It's almost entirely anti-young, anti-environment spin, as explained below... 🧵1/n telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/03/2…
Headline: "Green 'virtue-signalling' on the rise as one in 10 young people are now vegan"
Note the conflation of veganism and young people and virtue signalling, implying that people only go vegan in order to virtue signal. A comforting lazy stereotype, not actually true. 2/
Mar 14, 2022 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
“Behavioural realism” – the doctrine that people won’t change their behaviour to tackle the climate crisis, so existing activities must be swapped with low-carbon duplicates, eg. EVs, flying. Behavioural realism props up power structures and protects high-emitters and elites. 1/6
How? By ensuring significant behaviour change, like flying less or reducing car dependence, is kept off the agenda – as “nobody wants to change”. But it’s high-emitters and elites that fairness demands change the most. Hence... behavioural realism 2/6 nature.com/articles/s4155…
Sep 26, 2021 • 20 tweets • 14 min read
Climate change is not about data and reason, it is about money and power👀
This "what do you drive?" question is a valid one. If people are expected to change their lives in significant ways, it's important that political leaders set an example and signal their commitment. It's worth discussing properly tho, rather than a 'gotcha' format
For those already heavily committed to climate action and desperate for #COP26 to be a success, this might seem like a delayer's question, individualising climate change. But if setting an example at the national level is important, it is important at an individual level too.
Jun 18, 2021 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
Important new study finds there is "no strong reason to shrink away from campaigns designed to increase individual action to reduce GHG emissions as they are often seen as complements rather than substitutes for transformative climate policy." 1/
Equity and fairness are said to be essential parts of tackling the environmental crises, so this matters.
Dec 8, 2020 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
A short thread on the risks of countries claiming to be "climate leaders":
The image of the heroic leader is ubiquitous in our popular culture, politics, business and media. This results in a tendency to exaggerate the role of leaders in both successes and failures.
An emphasis on heroic leadership can also lead to “learned helplessness” and dependency among followers. Thus followers use leaders to insulate themselves against uncomfortable feelings, and project hope and responsibility onto leaders.
Nov 3, 2020 • 13 tweets • 5 min read
The pushback on @Shell's "blame-the-consumer" tweet has been brilliant and represents real progress. Long may it continue.
...we do still need to talk about consumers and carbon footprints, and not give the highest emitters a free pass.
Because “consumers” are not some horizontal mass of equal beings. The disparities between the biggest and the smallest carbon footprints are absolutely vast.
The Martini glass of inequity highlights this well... 2/
Jun 27, 2020 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
Good news! Many of those who dropped litter had bought litter offsets that will, with luck, stop others littering in future. And some said they are confident Negative Litter Technologies (NLTs) will clear up lots of litter in a few decades's time.😉 standard.co.uk/news/uk/bourne…
A UK litterer said, “Actually, we are world leaders in cutting one type of litter. But we really can't control the litter from things we consume.”🤷
One of the litterers was visiting from the US. He said simply, “The American way of littering is not up for negotiation.” 🤐
Mar 10, 2020 • 19 tweets • 7 min read
Last Sunday was a special but sad day. From 5am-5pm I was up in a beautiful 150-year-old tree in Cardiff, trying to help many others save it from the developers’ chainsaws. Ultimately though, we failed.
There were tears. On the street below local people cried as they cut the neighbouring tree first. My tears came at 2pm when the chainsaws backed away and I thought we may have won, but I was mistaken… 2/