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Last week, we covered many of the reasons people disagree with scientists on climate change. This disagreement is a big problem because it prevents us from making sound decisions and taking action. 

So how can we talk to the “deniers” and bring them around?  

Before we begin, here’s a quick summary of this week’s email:
  • Headliners
  • How to talk to climate change deniers
  • Take Action!
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THE COMMONS

 MARCH 24, 2017 
 

Headliners

Trump continues his weekly ritual of telling environmentalists to f *** off and tearing down Obama's progress on climate change. This week, we get more emissions from cars, massive budget cuts at the EPA, massive cuts to clean energy and climate change research, and pending executive orders on rolling back the Clean Power Plan and other rules. 

1,000 businesses are calling on President Trump to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement, which would require him to reverse course on a lot of the above momentum. 
 
Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan shocked many by endorsing a bill that would completely outlaw fracking in the state. This is another recent example of a Republican coming out against the official position of the party, which many have interpreted as simply bowing down to fossil fuel companies

Here's an update on Juliana vs. The United States, a landmark lawsuit in which 21 kids are suing the government over the fundamental right to "a climate system capable of sustaining human life". As you can expect, Trump would like the kids to go away. The kids aren't going away. 

The International Energy Agency announced that the global energy sector produced about the same emissions in 2016 as in 2015 and 2014, even while the world economy grew by more than 3 percent. Emissions stayed flat because of growth in renewable energy and the switch from coal to natural gas in many parts of the world, as well as increases in energy efficiency. Vox has a great piece on 5 good and bad ways to think about this trend

How to talk to climate change deniers

One of our Take Action steps last week was to talk to a denier. Well, I tried it, and when I found one, I had no f***ing idea what to say. I froze. So I did a little research on how to approach this in the future. Here's what it boils down to:

EMPATHY > FACTS

That's right. The answer is not more facts. And no, the people that deny science are not idiots. They're just like you and me, and the best way to get them on our team is apparently to approach them with empathy.

This is a tough pill for me to swallow. I'm an engineer. I like facts. The first draft of this email misspelled empathy as enthalpy. I need some help, so I kept digging... here's how we can approach deniers with empathy: 
  1. Put ourselves in their shoes
  2. Find common ground
  3. Connect that common ground to the facts
  4. Offer a solution
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Quote of the week: 

“I will talk about wildfires in Tennessee that are affecting Americans’ lives this winter. I will talk about the drought in California, which is the worst in 1,200 years. I’ll talk about the changes to habitat for hunters, fishermen, and farmers. These people’s lives are being affected by climate change. And when you can bring the impacts to their lives, it’s a much more compelling case to be made.”

John Abraham

Take Action

  1. This week, I'm taking action by making plans to attend the People's Climate March in Washington, DC on April 29th. Hit reply if you want to join me!
  2. I'll also be reading this guide to reducing your carbon footprint by the Guardian. Ironically, the first thing on the list is to reduce air travel, which means I'll also be researching how to buy carbon offsets to make up for my flight to DC for the march. This activism sh*t is confusing. 
Thanks for reading,
James "Enthalpy > Empathy" Dice
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