How should we talk about climate change?


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The challenges (and costs) of climate change have made the topic a politically polarizing question. In a world where social media, racial division, and political partisanship challenge all forms of political debate, it has become hard to have private and public conversations about climate change. Yet most responses to climate change will require public discussion and an ability to reach consensus. The resources here present ways to have that dialogue ranging from ideas about what vocabulary will enable conversation to the community structures that facilitate debate.

The Disarming Case to Act Right Now on Climate Change
In this passionate TEDx talk, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament.

The Most Important Thing You Can Do About Climate Change: Talk About It
TED talk by Katharine Hayhoe
How do you talk to someone who doesn't believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we've been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. 

Climate Change is a Moral Problem for You Right Now
Article by Michael Nelson and Catherine Moore from Moral Ground: Eighty Visionaries on Why It’s Wrong to Wreck the World.

This American Moment: Pushing Climate Change Reform Across Political Divides
Minnesota Public Radio
Nov. 20, 2018

The Politics of Climate
By Cary Funk
This article highlights the differing opinions of Republicans, Democrats, conservatives and liberals when it comes to topics surrounding climate change. The article also shows how the general public perceives consequences that may result from climate change and how well climate issues are depicted in the media.