Today I turn 37 years old. This seems like an impossible number.
In my mind, I am a vibrant 21-year-old eager to make the world a better place. I see opportunities to make a positive difference everywhere. I am young, I am empowered, and I am unstoppable.
In reality, things might not always seem so rosy and, truthfully, some days I struggle with being overwhelmed. So how do I achieve—and maintain—this mental state?
I find my strength and my hope in my community.
This is the sixth post in a series about framing ocean and climate change.
So, you want to motivate the public to take action to address climate and ocean change? One of the most important communications moves you can make is to open with a broad statement about why this issue matters to society. In short, lead with a value.
This is the fifth post in a series about framing ocean and climate change.
Our ability to communicate the science of climate change to the public is as important as ever. The outcome of the recent presidential and congressional elections and the state of public discourse around the environment reflect and reinforce misunderstanding and skepticism of climate change. Polls show that Americans are unsure of its causes and consequences, and many don’t trust scientific information about it. Our work, in short, is cut out for us.
More than ever before, informal science learning institutions are finding ways to live to their conservation missions by helping the public understand the causes, consequences, and appropriate responses to climate change. Yet, the latest scientific data are often only available in dense or complex formats, which makes it difficult for interpreters to bring them into their conversations with visitors. What if science educators could treat data like an illustration in a great picture book—a visual that brings the story to life and even helps move it along?
This is the fourth post in a series about framing ocean and climate change.
We depend on our oceans and must protect them, yet they are often overlooked in public conversations about “climate change.” As a result, most people don’t understand how ocean change affects the climate (and vice versa)—or how these changes affect our planetary and public health. What’s more, they don’t understand the major causes of ocean change and are unaware of major threats to ocean health like acidification and temperature rise.
Our global community is confronting a significant opportunity to change. We understand that protecting what matters to our families: our health and security, special places we care about, and living creatures with whom we share this planet (people and non-human species alike) depends on our collective efforts. Specifically, we need to change our systems that rely on burning fuels.
This is the third in a series about framing ocean and climate change.
Advocates and experts are familiar with common—but often untrue—tropes about our environment. How can we cut through them and communicate in a way that deepens understanding about the complex science behind environmental change and builds support for the kind of systemic changes that are needed to protect our planet from further damage?
This is the second in a series about framing ocean and climate change.
A fuzzy polar bear cub against an expanse of melting snow. A seal pup slicked in oil. A newborn orangutan clutching its mother’s breast as she swings through a disappearing forest.
This is the first in a series about framing ocean and climate change.
When people think about oceans this summer, they might think of a good vacation spot—a place to spread out the beach towel, pop up the umbrella, and relax under the sun as the waves lap against the shore. Or they might think of oceans in spiritual or utilitarian ways—as sources of beauty and mystery, for example, or of food or commerce.