Spotlight: How People of Colour Experience and Engage with Climate Change in Britain
“In the UK, people of colour typically have greater vulnerability to environmental risks including potential harm from negative climate change impacts. The voices, knowledge and experiences of UK people of colour are also under-represented in the climate change discourse, the environmental movement and global solutions. UK people of colour have unique and different perspectives on climate change causes and solutions for their local communities. They also have unique perspectives of being connected to international communities affected first and worst by climate change.” Also see Ethnic Minority Communities and the Climate Crisis.
Supporting public engagement on Climate Change – a guide for grant-makers
“One of the key ways that philanthropists can leverage their resources to maximise impact is through supporting work focused on engaging the public on climate change. By supporting carefully considered interventions designed to drive major shifts in public sentiment, grant-makers can harness the force of public opinion and action to create powerful demands for change.”
Americans’ Thinking about Political Division Offers Clues for Communicating about Systemic Reform
“We will soon be releasing a full report with the results of a multi-year, qualitative investigation of Americans’ deep, taken-for-granted ways of thinking about our government, the Constitution, and democracy. In this article, we’re taking a closer look at how themes of partisanship have surfaced in our research, and what those conversations reveal about Americans’ thinking about our political systems more broadly.” The three ‘mindsets’ they identify are likely worth considering in other geographies.
Storytelling For Action Pavillion, COP28
“This year at COP28 UNFCCC Climate Conference in Dubai, UAE, the Bellona Foundation is hosting the ‘Storytelling for Action Pavilion’in the UNFCCC Blue Zone, in partnership with BAFTA albert, Futerra, and Think-Film Impact Production…a series of conversations that have never been had at COP between the entertainment community and the climate science & policy community on the role of storytelling in addressing global climate change. It will feature participation from major entertainment studios, broadcasters, and leading storytellers and creators.” Also see the Climate Heritage Network.
Liminal Economics: Swimming at the Edge of the Economy
“The end goal cannot be simply to build more third- and fourth-sector businesses within the prevailing economic system, but instead must be system change itself. The ‘sustainability’ and ‘resilience’ of social enterprises will always be undermined by operating in a system designed explicitly to weaken them. Those who think otherwise are kidding themselves. This presents a major dilemma for those of us who work in the current system while seeking a new one.”
The Cracks are Where The Light Gets In
“As the cracks I describe below make us more aware of the injustice and unsustainability of our current model, the legitimacy of capital and growth being at the heart of our economy starts to crumble, further weakening the foundations on which this system exists. We begin to decapitalise our minds, if you like, giving opportunities for new systems to emerge.”
Climate Science Denial Rife at Launch of Jordan Peterson’s ARC Project
Having learned some lessons from the narrative change field, ARC seeks “a better world where every citizen can prosper, contribute and flourish.” But speakers at their launch claim that “carbon emissions have ‘declined’, the climate crisis is a ‘secular religion’”, and the better world needs fossil fuels (also see). ARC is backed by “the UAE-based investment firm Legatum Group and British hedge fund millionaire Paul Marshall, who together own the TV channel GB News. As revealed by DeSmog this week, Marshall’s hedge fund holds $2.2 billion worth of shares in fossil fuel companies.”
Decolonising Economics: African and Feminist Perspectives on Post Growth Futures
On the need for “a more holistic understanding of wellbeing that incorporates cultural heritage, social cooperation, environmental stewardship, and community resilience” And how “a critical approach to Western-imposed metrics opens up space for formerly colonized nations and communities to redefine progress on their own terms and restore agency over their destinies…non-western cosmologies can contain approaches that reveal alternative, regenerative ways of life and economic systems. ‘Better futures’, in other words, need not be dreamed up — they already exist, if we know where to look…”
Designing a Liberatory World
“The definition of design is to devise courses of action and change existing situations into preferred ones.” “When trying to create a ‘better world’, it’s necessary to look critically at the ways oppressive systems, in particular white supremacy, are enmeshed with the things that get designed and built.” “Every opportunity to build this space is a new chance to plant seeds, to harvest your knowledge, to connect with other people and figure out what the world can look like. So shut up and let the students teach you.”
Participatory Storytelling for Climate Justice
A conversation with the founder of People's Planet Project which “trains Indigenous communities in filmmaking and geospatial mapping, giving them the tools to document the environmental injustices they face.” “Stories told in a participatory way have the capacity to change perspectives and delve into the root causes of a problem (...) when people who form part of a story are a part of their creation, over time that story represents something much closer to the truth and much more genuine.”
How To Build Trust With Unlikely Allies
“This is the story of how anti-fossil fuel campaigners and off-shore oil workers have come together to push for a fair transition to renewable energy…We shouldn’t be talking about phase out without also talking about just transition and concrete plans for support. We want to make sure the workers who came up with these demands are part of that discussion.” An instructive insight into the successful collaboration between Platform and Friends Of The Earth Scotland.
Orienting Together: Mapping Your Narrative Landscape
Practical guidance for creating a narrative landscape: “a map of the harmful and helpful narratives that affect how people think about, talk about, and make decisions about your cause.” Which can be followed with “a network map, a power map, a narrative capacity assessment, or a narrative integrity audit, so you know who you are working alongside and what you are up against.” And finally “how you will get to your destination — the stories, activations, art, and campaigns that will bring your narrative to life.”