6 ways to communicate how human activities are causing rising global temperatures | Panda Anku

There are many ways we can help people understand how human activity is directly related to rising global temperatures. Research studies can provide plenty of inspiration, but in general research is really hard to read – not written in a way that is meaningful to a lay audience. Let’s summarize some recent research on anthropogenic climate change; By drawing on what scientists have found, we can learn more about how to share important climate information with others.

“Being informed about the causes, effects, and solutions of climate change will help most people in the United States update their own beliefs, risk perceptions, and political support for climate change.” – Thinking and Arguing, July 2022

The most significant because of climate change is the burning of fossil fuels for electricity, heat and transport. Of these factors, transportation in the form of cars, trucks, ships, trains and planes emits the largest percentage of CO2 – accelerating global warming and remaining a major cause of climate change. Extreme weather is a A hit of climate change and includes stronger storms and hurricanes, heat waves, wildfires, more floods and longer droughts. Some practical ways climate change can be tempered These include stopping the use of fossil fuels, electrifying everything, ending deforestation, adopting a plant-based diet and avoiding plastic purchases whenever possible.

“This new ‘adaptive framework’ focuses on adapting to the impacts of climate change without underpinning deeply held beliefs by discussing the causes.” — Communications Research, May 2022

To help others “without citing deep-rooted helping beliefs by discussing causes,” we would focus on “adapting to the effects of climate change.” adjustment Living in a changing climate requires adaptation to a current or anticipated future climate. This includes reducing risks from the harmful effects of climate change, such as sea-level rise, more intense extreme weather events or food insecurity. It means identifying potential beneficial opportunities related to climate change, such as: These include growing various crops, building flood defenses, planning for heatwaves and higher temperatures, installing better-draining sidewalks to deal with flooding and rainwater, and improving water storage and use.

“The recommendation from this study would be to use ‘positive reinforcement + ethos’ as an incentive to motivate the general population…” – Sustainability, May 2022

ethos is an ethical appeal to right and wrong and builds authority with an audience by offering reliability, honesty and credibility. Celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda, Greta Thunberg, Mark Ruffalo and Prince Harry are some of the most outspoken advocates for climate change, constantly using their status and reach to support climate action, fight the problems of climate change and raise the status of the planet for the future use. When elite conservative leaders direct their rhetoric toward adopting more pro-climate stances for the benefit of their citizens, their supporters tend to follow the lead.

“Videos about the reality and risks of climate change to people … intended to appeal to Republicans … were targeted to this audience via online advertising. The study finds that within targeted congressional districts, the campaign increased Republican understanding of the existence, causes, and harms of climate change by several percentage points.” —Climate Change in Nature, June 2021

We are a visual information society in the 21st century. Visual literacy involves awareness and reflection about what we experience when we look at pictures, Video, and other forms of multimedia. New Climate Voices, a group of conservatives who campaign for climate change on Facebook and YouTube, has improved Republicans’ understanding of climate change through significant use of video narratives.

“Participants were presented with four principles that explain how individual actions can have aggregated effects at a collective level: social norms, consumer pressures, political pressures, and snowball effects… revealed promising implications of the intervention in terms of individual effectiveness and pro-environmental intentions.” – Journal for experimental social psychology, November 2021

Yes, Big Oil is the biggest culprit of climate change. Still, each of us can help limit global warming and protect our planet, which can persuade legislators to support renewable energy. In which single actions that have less harmful impacts on the environment, we can be part of the solution and influence change. Here are some of the many organizations that help individuals to protect the climate:

  • ActNow is the United Nations Campaign for Individual Action on Climate Change and Sustainability.
  • 350.org is building a global grassroots movement to take on the entire fossil fuel industry.
  • The YEARS project is led by a group of journalists, strategists, filmmakers, artists and social media experts committed to using their skills to encourage and support the work of others in the movement. By joining, individuals will receive weekly editions of an action toolkit for the climate movement.
  • The Citizens Climate Lobby empowers everyday people to work together on climate policy.
  • The Climate Reality Movement is catalysing a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity in all sectors of society.

“In the United States, finding ways to inspire political conservative support for climate change is critical. These findings suggest that private sector initiatives could be an opportunity to bolster support for climate action across the US political spectrum.” — Energy Research and Social Sciences, March 2021

That private sector plays a tremendous role in providing solutions to climate change. In fact, projects funded through blended finance programs are on track to achieve emission reductions of over 18 million tons of carbon per year. That equates to approximately 5.5 million cars being taken off the road each year. US Climate Change Commissioner John Kerry has stated that the private sector has the ability to find solutions to climate change by funding the trillions needed for a global clean energy transition. Kerry points to methods such as battery storage, direct carbon capture from the air, and solar and wind technology to provide extraordinary amounts of energy to countries around the world.

Final thoughts on research and rising global temperatures

The average global temperature on Earth has increased by at least 1.1 degrees Celsius (1.9 degrees Fahrenheit) since 1880, according to an ongoing temperature analysis led by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Most of the warming has occurred since 1975 at a rate of about 0.15 to 0.20 °C per decade.

The easiest way for climate activists to convey this information is to drill down and rely on iteration to emphasize how meaningful improvements for working people will increase exponentially with the transition to renewable energy. However, cognitive linguist George Lakoff argues that it is important to restate environmental issues at the forefront of climate messaging. Such realignment means we must constantly rethink and reinvent methods to help everyone around the world understand the existential crisis we are facing from rising global temperatures.

To do this well requires a basis of verified scientific research. It requires close reading to extract from such academic resources what is important to share with everyday audiences. It’s really important that we take the time to understand peer-reviewed climate research so that we have the most accurate and efficient understanding of climate messages and beliefs.


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