Reframing Narratives Around Care and Informal Work in Kenya, the UK and Zimbabwe: A synthesis of national research
Research intending to “identify the dominant narratives that influence public perceptions of care and informal work,” which “enabled the researchers to develop and test new narratives that could be used to improve public attitudes towards care and informal work.” In the UK we are encouraged to “Lead with the idea that caring is a collective activity that holds society together and contributes significantly to the wellbeing of the nations. This can shift people’s perceptions of care.”
Globally representative evidence on the actual and perceived support for climate action
Evidence pointing to global pluralistic ignorance, “wherein individuals around the globe systematically underestimate the willingness of their fellow citizens to act,“ suggesting that “raising awareness about the broad global support for climate action (is) critically important in promoting a unified response to climate change.” Notable stats from their survey of 130,000 individuals across 125 countries: “69% of the global population expresses a willingness to contribute 1% of their personal income, 86% endorse pro-climate social norms and 89% demand intensified political action.”
The Rise of the Far Right – And What We Can Do About It
An urgent, instructive conversation offering insight, tactics and solidarity for the elections this year and beyond. We are encouraged to understand the ‘fuck you’ vote, beware fragile consensus, and to speak in the language of basics, emotions, and deep purpose. We need to be ‘clear-eyed’ that democracy's promise of equality is impossible in the hands of the modern establishment, and that the nihilism and cynicism about democracy among the young is justified. Ultimately we must avoid navel-gazing self-flagellation and restore our own and others’ faith in humanity, asking ourselves “what’s mine to do?”
The New Climate Denial
“Climate deniers can no longer pretend climate change isn’t happening - so they’ve changed their strategy.” CCDH’s innovative AI-powered research reveals “a departure from rejection of anthropogenic climate change, to attacks on climate science and scientists, and rhetoric seeking to undermine confidence in solutions to climate change,” and comes with an urgent call to action: “it is vital that those advocating for action to avert climate disaster take note of this substantial shift from denial of anthropogenic climate change to undermining trust in both solutions and science itself, and shift our focus, our resources and our counter-narratives accordingly.”
“An analysis of social justice grantmaking in the UK, 2021-2022”. Which finds that just “5.7% of UK foundation giving in 2021/22 went towards work to tackle injustice (and) 0.3% of UK foundation giving in 2021/22 went towards building people power through organising… This is despite growing recognition that ‘community organising and local power building is simultaneously one of the best and one of the most under-resourced mechanisms we have to shift power to and secure just outcomes for (and with) communities.’”
Climate Conversations Round One – Learning
Essential insight from this training process, in partnership with UNISON, Parents For Future, Tearfund and Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire, to encourage “hopeful, empowering conversations about climate change”. Included is the crucial lesson that “we need to frame conversations differently – the focus needs to be more specific than “climate”, and instead zoom into issues (e.g. warm homes or the oil and gas sector) or places.” Also see.
Record number of UK newspaper editorials opposing climate action – almost exclusively from right-leaning titles
“Newspapers such as the Sun and the Daily Mail published 42 editorials in 2023 arguing against climate action – nearly three times more than they have printed before in a single year… The cost of net-zero…was consistently framed by right-leaning newspapers as something British people…‘just cannot afford’. These papers invariably fail to mention the costs of inaction.” As we know, investments in action are minor compared to the costs of inaction, and as Climate Barometer data suggests, public opinion is in favour of acting – but this could be changing.
The Economy: What You’ve Missed
An exploration of how Covid-19 government spending (£800bn in the UK, $10tn in the US) went to the already-wealthy; the effect this has had on inflation, interest rates, house prices and living standards; how this is driving voters towards “alternative” political options that are typically xenophobic or racist; and how unless we can deliver the message that the only way to improve living standards is to eradicate (oligopolistic) inequality, living standards and democracy will continue to spiral.
“Climate Barometer makes sense of what people think about climate change... We curate the latest insights, provide data-driven perspectives, and run a climate opinion tracker with the UK public and MPs. An informed and responsive understanding of public and political opinion is crucial – for the climate movement, for journalists reporting on unfolding events, or for politicians who need a clear brief, fast…(but) data is scattered, so the story can be difficult to follow. Climate Barometer provides a signal in the noise, curating timely insights on what people think about climate change.”
Colonial Rule Nearly Doubles UK’s Historical Contribution to Climate Change
New analysis increases the UK’s share of cumulative historical emissions from 3% up to 5.1%. This jumps the UK from eighth to fourth place in the global rankings of countries’ “historical responsibility for climate change”, still behind the US, China, and Russia, but now ahead of India, Brazil and Germany. “Moreover, the UK’s population are the second-highest emitters on a per-capita basis, when accounting for emissions under colonial rule.”
Global Report: Later Is Too Late To Act On Climate Change
Multiple framings of 18 different policies were tested with nearly 60,000 people across 23 countries (accounting for 70% of the world’s population) to explore two questions: “1) Does the world want action on climate? 2) How can we motivate the public to accelerate progress?” Alongside finding that “urgent, generational” messaging is effective, they also find that ‘limitation’ frames, including the words “mandate, ban or phaseout,” have much lower support compared to frames like “upgrading, setting standards, making solutions accessible, and reducing dependency.”
Towards A Citizen-led Reality Check
“By refusing to call time on implausible climate targets, trusted messengers – such as climate scientists and environmental charity leaders – are providing inadvertent permission for the public to continue minimising the reality of climate breakdown,” resulting in “the sustained absence of widespread public support for meaningful action.” Their recent survey finds “the general public is ready to be told what is actually going on, and ready to receive invitations to help them do something about it.”