Now 38% call climate change a “crisis” and over 3 in 4 U.S. adults and teenagers alike agree that humans are influencing the climate. Most say it’s not too late for society to come up with solutions

The Washington Post | Emily Guskin, Scott Clement and Joel Achenbach Americans remain shaky on the details of climate science even as they have grown increasingly concerned about human activity warming the Earth, according to a national poll by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) that probed the public’s understanding of climate change. The rising alarm is …

2019 Colorado Hot Issues in Health Conference, Climate Session

Hosted by the nonpartisan Colorado Health Institute, the event has convened the state’s leading thinkers to discuss pressing issues related to health and health care for nearly 20 years. The 2019 Hot Issues in Health Conference will take place on Thursday, December 5, 2019 and Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Hilton Denver Inverness in Englewood, Colorado Moderator: Karam Ahmad, …

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and other congressional progressives want to tax companies that overpay their CEOs. Most Republicans would go even further: A Harvard Business School study found that Americans think the right CEO-worker pay ratio is no higher than 7 to 1

All this could mean bipartisan traction for a new bill introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Barbara Lee earlier this month. It would raise the federal corporate income tax rate on companies that pay their CEOs more than 50 times their median workers’ pay.The bigger the gap, the bigger the hike. At a …

David Solnit’s insights

Wednesday, December 04, 2019byCommon Dreams A Few Things From the WTO Shutdown I Carry Into the Future There is an incredible opportunity to use street theater—art, dance, music, giant puppets, graffiti art and theater—and nonviolent direct action to simplify and dramatize the issues of corporate globalization and to develop and spread new and creative forms of resistance.by David Solnit We …

The most effective Democratic candidate would propose highly progressive policies yet speak in terms of conservative values

There is nothing that inherently binds valuing family, security and the American dream to conservative economic policies. Perhaps these values are served just as well — or even better — by progressive economic policies. If so, Democrats should do more to stress that fact, emphasizing more strongly how their policies can address the concerns of a wider range of Americans. …

Citizens’ Assembly publishes report: recommendations were reached by majority vote of the Assembly members following two weekends of deliberation

Apr 18th 2018  99 Comments  The Citizens’ Assembly discussing climate change last OctoberImage: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie THE CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY has approved and published a report which makes a number of recommendations on how Ireland should tackle climate change, such as higher taxes and increased public transport. The “How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change” report …

Humor is useful for engaging the public about climate change

By Lakshmi Magon This year, three studies showed that humor is useful for engaging the public about climate change. The studies, published in The Journal of Science Communication, Comedy Studies and Science Communication, added to the growing wave of scientists, entertainers and politicians who agree. In March 2017, the American Psychological Association published a report defining eco-anxiety as “chronic fear of environmental doom.” The report referred to literature that …

Reaching everyday people, based on values, religion and health

Excerpt from Deutsche Welle, Nov 2019 DW’s Director General Peter Limbourg (main picture) told the Karachi Eco Islam conference that it was high time to bring religion into the climate-change discussion. “Religious leaders have a great reach to the common people. Sometimes even the government and media can’t influence them that way. It is also important to remind people that …

 4 in 10 Americans say they’re cutting back on meat — including 4 in 10 Republican women — fewer than 2 in 10 Republican men say they are, too. The poll was conducted Oct. 1-13 among 3,627 adults. The error margin was 2.1 percentage points for adults polled; the margin varied for each subgroup. Among other results, most Americans (62%) …

Communication: where bad arguments come from

We argue badly and regularly principally because we lack an education in how to teach others who we are. Beneath the surface of almost every argument lies a forlorn attempt by two people to get the other to see, acknowledge, and respond to their emotional reality and sense of justice. Beyond the invective is a longing that our partner should …