The cure for climate grief… is action

Last night I got together with a few people who are concerned about climate change and want to take action.

This all started with our own sense of climate grief and sense of loss at what is happening to the natural world. For me, it was watching an episode of Blue Planet with polar bears struggling to find food.

It will be different for the others, but we’ve all had our own tipping point, when we realise that change is happening now, not at some future point, and there is an urgent need to take action.

Alayna said “My nana used to say, if you feel blue, go for a walk”. And Jo chimed in with “You can’t feel sad if you hum”. As we all know, nanas are the ultimate source of wisdom. So action is the antidote for us. And perhaps, from time to time, humming.

Around the table we have diverse skills, in communications, climate science and organisation. We all have networks and relationships, and above all the motivation to act. We thrashed out some ideas for how we could create the right environment for local governments to take climate action. Watch this space for details.

If you want to get involved, follow the Common Climate Facebook page and join the Climate Change Communicators group.

As Margaret Mead put it so well, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world… It is the only thing that ever has.”

Thanks to our mates at the Radiant Earth Foundation for the image above.

Climate change: Taking action

So what can we do about climate change as individuals? And why bother?

In the face of climate grief, there are many possible responses, but the one I prefer is to take action.

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A Sunday poem

I’m really intrigued by the possibilities of art to get people thinking about climate change and how it relates to them. Professor James Renwick will be exploring this with part of the Prime Minister’s Science Communication prize, and is already involved with the Track Zero project which is taking art all around New Zealand to spark conversations.

I saw Jordan Hamel perform this poem last night, and he made us laugh and think. The ending’s a kicker.

Do you know of any other artists working on climate change topics? Would love to hear about them.

The challenge of climate change – why language matters

I was heartened to see recent research released by EECA that shows more than 80% of New Zealanders believe we need to do something about climate change, whether that is business, government or individuals. And I think that it is time we examined the language we use when we talk about climate change.

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