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Judy Anderson

How the fossil fuel industry got the media to think climate change was debatable

Learning about how deception and false equivalence is an ongoing strategy is important for your work in conservation, as well as in understanding climate change communications. This is a thoughtful article that has concepts transferable to many strategies involving the power of doubt…

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“Have we passed the climate change tipping point?”

Would you share this post? If you are looking for reliable—and compelling—sources to post in your Facebook feed, or feature as part of your e-News content strategy, this might be a video clip for you to consider. Dr. Michael Mann is one of the leading climate scientists in the world. He works out of Penn State.

Part of a successful strategy involves helping people understand how climate change impacts their region as well as the larger picture. Articles with visuals are helpful because people remember images more than facts. Just make sure you include a few tips on what they can do (composting to produce methane gas is a good one; supporting a community’s shift to renewables is another).

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Rancher Installing Solar Panel
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Three steps to better climate conversations and a communication strategy

Wondering how to communicate about climate change? Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, one of the world’s climate change leaders and scientists, provides tips on how to connect with people around climate change.

Remember that the vast majority of Americans want action on climate change. Many feel helpless about what to do.

Here are some tips on how to talk about climate change. They really are the same in any engagement strategy…

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Energy At Dusk
Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomerberg

Renewables investment nudges out fossil fuel and nuclear

“The global clean energy transition is gaining pace as it becomes a mainstream investment option. According to the latest research from CERES on progress to a ‘Clean Trillion’ it is also one that far outstripped fossil fuels and nuclear in 2017.

In 2017 the clean energy industry reached a critical turning point. Growth and cost reductions across the sector have far outperformed expectations based on policy frameworks alone.  Dramatic reductions in cost, increases in scale, and technology improvements have fundamentally changed the dynamics of the clean energy market. Energy market dynamics have shifted in favor of clean energy technologies such as wind and solar, which increasingly out-compete new fossil fuel and nuclear power sources…”

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Do you have questions about divestment and socially responsible investment?

The Land Trust Alliance provides some thoughtful information on their climate change website about divestment and socially responsible investment.  You may find it helpful when discussing whether this is a path your land trust wants to take as a moral, ethical, and financial statement.

As the financial world looks at the risks associated with fossil fuels, others are considering different investment strategies, as noted in this article earlier this year from Forbes.

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‘How Can We Understand The Miserable Failure Of Contemporary Thinking To Come To Grips With What Now Confronts Us ’
Piyal Adhikary/EPA

The great climate silence: we are on the edge of the abyss but we ignore it

What can you and your local land trust do? Talk about it. You'll be helping to end the “cone of silence” and connect the dots to what people care about.

After 200,000 years of modern humans on a 4.5 billion-year-old Earth, we have arrived at new point in history: the Anthropocene. The change has come upon us with disorienting speed. It is the kind of shift that typically takes two or three or four generations to sink in.

Our best scientists tell us insistently that a calamity is unfolding, that the life-support systems of the Earth are being damaged in ways that threaten our survival. Yet in the face of these facts we carry on as usual.

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Smoke Stack Video Clip

Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn

With as little as 10 - 30 years to make a significant difference—or risk massive species die-off, loss of agricultural lands, forest loss, and extreme weather—I applaud the realization that we can’t continue to conserve land as if climate change is a distant issue.

“Governments around the world must take “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to avoid disastrous levels of global warming, says a stark new report from the global scientific authority on climate change.

The report issued Monday by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030, precipitating the risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people…”


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Handful Of Top Soil
Civil Eats

Carbon farming works. What is it? Can your land trust promote it?

Farming and ranching can help slow down climate change – but it will take significant changes for many to make that happen.

The first step is to understand what carbon farming is. The second step is to make it happen…

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Sheep Under Solar Panels
Oregon State University

Study shows crops, forage may benefit from solar panel shade

An accidental discovery at Oregon State University may reveal how solar panels can help grow healthier crops on dryland farms.

Not only can solar power lower energy bills and increase efficiency, but the shade afforded by photovoltaic panels might also boost agricultural production on non-irrigated farmland, retaining more moisture for crops and livestock forage…

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What Was Once A Maritime Forest Is Now Essentially Dead
Coastal Plant Ecology Lab

How will climate change impact coastal communities? Native plants out of control

‘”This shrub has always been here, it’s a native species. But it has just taken over,” said Julie Zinnert, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Biology in the College of Humanities and Sciences, on a recent visit to Hog Island. “If you look over this way, that’s all shrub. It’s a wall of shrub, just ginormous thickets. And that’s because of climate change…”‘

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