Giving Compass’ Take:
• The “fight against climate change” statement rests on the assumption that opposition is the best way to get things done. But that’s not always the case as psychologists are arguing that an us-versus-them narrative turns people away from logic and into the realm of emotion and values.
• How can we change our narrative towards climate change? Will this change make the way we treat and try to change the effects of climate change more effective?
• Read about fighting and battling against climate change.
Each dead house fly was worth a quarter, my mom told us kids, but I never earned any money. Every time I cornered a fly, I pictured goo marks left on the wall – spots splayed with tiny black guts and twisted legs. My halfhearted swats gave even the most sluggish fly time to escape.
That I genuinely couldn’t hurt a fly might have been something I picked up in church. I grew up attending a Mennonite congregation in Indiana. We weren’t the bonnet-wearing, buggy-riding sort, but we embraced some traditions, like the Anabaptist teaching of nonviolence. This sometimes expressed itself in an instinct for conflict avoidance.
When we talk about saving the planet, we employ the narrative of war. Does it only deepen our divisions?
So I was surprised when violence crept into my speech three years ago when I started working as a journalist covering climate change. Some ancient spirit took hold of me, and I found myself deploying the narrative of war. Carbon tax proposals were “battles” to be fought. Greenhouse gas emissions had to be “slashed”. “Eco-warriors” and “climate hawks” were leading the charge.
Read the full article on changing the way we talk about climate change by Kate Yoder at The Guardian.
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