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Thursday, August 03, 2006

NEWS: 'Climate Porn'

Letter to the Independent:
Dear Sir/Madam

I write in response to your response to the IPPR's 'Climate Porn' observations.

I believe the IPPR's point that 'Climate Porn' is a major reason for mainstream disconnect from climate change issues holds water. Most people have not 'paid attention to the accelerating developments in climate science over the past two years'. Many, if not the majority, simply handle climate change reality with total disconnect, for various reasons. You can waste time punishing them for their lack of attention or committment or instead you could engage them at the level appropriate to them. I choose the latter. Better to light a candle than curse the darkness eh?

As Emily Dickinson said: the truth must dazzle gradually, or every man be blind.

Yours positively

Al Tepper
Editor of CityHippy.net
The IPPR press release says:
“Government and green groups should avoid giving the impression that ‘we are all doomed’ and spend less time convincing people that climate change is real. The focus should be on the big actions that people can take to address climate change, like switching to a hybrid car, fitting a wind turbine or installing cavity wall insulation, not just the small ones such as turning down the thermostat or switching off the lights. Climate-friendly behaviours need to be made to feel like ‘the kinds of things that people like us do’ to large groups of people.”
Could not agree more. Thoughts?

Namaste

Al

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1 Comments:

At 12:38 PM, Blogger jbruno said...

When I think about it sometimes, the whole situation seems like another political pointing match. This is frustrating, especially when we live in a society where feelings and impressions are construed as fact.

The most interesting aspect of the passing-on of info to the GP is that they are remaining very skeptical, while scientists seem like the faithful. It's almost a reversal of roles.

But, it's not faith, of course, it's conclusion driven by fact.

Kudos for the letter. Thanks for sharing.

 

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