Citizens’ Climate Radio Ep. 27: Telling better climate stories
Citizens’ Climate Radio is a monthly podcast hosted by CCL volunteer Peterson Toscano. Browse all our past episode recaps here, or listen to past episodes here, and check out the latest episode in the post below.
Sara Peach, the senior editor at Yale Climate Connections, has only 90 seconds to tell a compelling and inspiring climate change related story. In the latest episode of Citizens’ Climate Radio, she discusses the kind of stories that move people closer to climate advocacy. Based on extensive research from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Sara and her team have produced hundreds of short radio pieces. She brought two of these stories with her to share on this episode. Sara also talks about where she finds hope these days and what she does when she hears discouraging climate news.
Singer-songwriter Dan Dewald produces music as Hayride Casualties. His album “Fossil Fuel Kid” is all about climate change. The songs explore how climate change affects us, pointing to the complications of feeling complicit in contributing to the pollution. In addition, his songs address the fierce passionate response needed to deal with our growing fossil fuel problem.
Citizens’ Climate Radio Puzzler
Many listeners wrote in to say they want more puzzler questions. We have set up a new listener call line, so can share you answers with us. How about you take a stab at the puzzler?
New puzzler question:
You are talking with your neighbor, Tabitha. She seems interested in your work as a climate advocate. You tell her about large solutions like Carbon Fee and Dividend. You are so excited to find someone who wants to know more. But then you notice Tabitha’s eyes start to glaze over. She interrupts you, saying, “This all sounds so important and overwhelming. But what does it mean for you and for me?”
Tabitha wants to better understand climate change. She doesn’t need more facts right now. She needs to hear some of your own story. How might you begin to shift the tone and get personal with her? What does climate change mean for you? Let’s get personal.
Send Peterson your answers by October 15, 2018, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or, better yet, leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414 (+1 if calling from outside the USA). And don’t be anxious about the voicemail—you can leave as many versions of your answer as you like. If you stumble, try again until you feel comfortable with your answer.
- On Citizens’ Climate University, Sara Peach and CCL’s Marketing Director Lesley Beatty share advice on crafting compelling climate stories
- How to revolutionize climate change storytelling. An interview with the creators of Years of Living Dangerously TV series.
- Climate Change—the greatest story never told. Video of George Marshall TEDxWWF
- Science Needs to Take Storytelling Seriously, article by Elaine Burke
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