Rural dialogues

Farmers and farm guests partake in field walks and discussions at Willow Lake Farm Agroecology Summit in Windom Minnesota. Anna ClaussenGIT ALONG DIALOGUES Think rural America doesn’t care about the climate? Think again. By Scott Shigeoka on Oct 29, 2019  The world of the possible Subscribe To Shift Happens Anna Claussen grew up on a family farm 20 miles outside of Benson, Minnesota, a town …

5 Things Great Speakers Always Do, and Don’t

1. Always earn the gift of the audience’s time and attention. Make eye contact. Smile. Captivate by having confidence. (Which comes from relentless rehearsing.) Let your ideas flow through you. Focus on earning the gift of the audience’s time and attention and they’ll want to earn yours. And then you both win. 2. Always find a idea you’re passionate about …

To Pay Attention, the Brain Uses Filters, Not a Spotlight

A brain circuit that suppresses distracting sensory information holds important clues about attention and other cognitive processes.8 Jordana Cepelewicz Staff Writer September 24, 2019 VIEW PDF/PRINT MODEBiologyCognitionNeurosciencePerception We can pick out a conversation in a loud room, amid the rise and fall of other voices or the hum of an air conditioner. We can spot a set of keys in …

How ‘organized climate change denial’ shapes public opinion on global warming

Climate communication researchers say climate skepticism is taking new form An increase in rhetoric denying that warming is happening — but he also saw evidence of an uptick in misinformation about climate change solutions over the last few years.”It tends to be much more either, ‘We can’t do anything about it’ or ‘It’s not important enough to do right away.’” …

Only 16% of Americans deny that climate change is happening, a number that has barely changed over the past decade – it’s turning out people who care, that matters

As frustrating as they are, climate deniers aren’t the problem. The real trouble lies with what I call climate liars: the thousands of politicians who secretly accept climate science, but publicly deny it for political gain. If the climate movement is going to prevail, we must be crystal clear about this distinction. According to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications, …

CBS: Two-thirds of Americans say the climate is a crisis and needs to be addressed now 90% see climate change happening and only 9% do not

Fifty-two percent of Americans think almost all climate scientists agree that human activity is a main cause of climate change, while 48% say there is still disagreement among scientists about whether human activity is a main cause. “We have warmed the earth by 1 C and there is research that shows for every 1 C we see a disproportionate number …

12 excuses for climate inaction and how to refute them

Using moral clarity to counter defeatism around the climate crisis.By Eliza Barclay and Jag Bhalla  Updated Sep 20, 2019 There’s a reason why the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has successfully goaded powerful politicians into long-overdue climate action in the last year. Thunberg, who is on the autism spectrum, has become a moral authority. Again and again, she’s clearly articulated how adults have shamefully abdicated their basic …

The Outrage Industry (vs. who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle and suffer for)

How to Break the Outrage Addiction Ephrat Livni, Quartz – 2018 and 2019 reprint “Anger is a public epidemic in America; it contaminates everything from media controversy to road rage to wars to mass shootings,” according to Jean Kim, a psychiatrist for the US Department of Health and Human Services and assistant professor at George Washington University. Kim says that anger is addictive—it …

Why Asking for Advice Is More Effective Than Asking for Feedback

Jaewon Yoon, Hayley Blunden, Ariella Kristal, and Ashley Whillans, 20 Sept 2019, HBR.com Conventional wisdom says you should ask your colleagues for feedback. However, research suggests that feedback often has no (or even a negative) impact on our performance. This is because the feedback we receive is often too vague — it fails to highlight what we can improve on or how to improve. Our latest research suggests a better …

Short version of Margaret’s ‘With a Planet on Fire, This Is What It Means to Enter Emergency Mode’

September 27, 2019 The climate crisis is an unprecedented emergency. How we react to the climate crisis will shape centuries and millennia to come. By Margaret Klein Salamon. School students, Local Citizens, Environmental Activists shout slogans as they participate in a global climate strike to protest against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution, part of demonstrations being held …