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“Often the best climate conversations are when you get a sense of why they feel the way they do, and then you exchange with them what your climate story is. And that can be really powerful,” says Dr Rebecca Huntley, one of Australia’s most experienced social researchers and author of numerous books including “How To Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference”.
In the latest episode of the podcast Hope. Act. Thrive., led by Sally Giblin, a volunteer at Australian Parents for Climate Action, you’ll hear about the need to get emotional about climate change, social trends in relation to climate change, and how we can bring about a change of heart in others.
Australian Parents for Climate Action is proud to support this episode.
Dr Huntley says, “If you're a human being, you have the permission to talk about climate change because it affects us all. The best thing to do is just to talk about it from your point of view. You don't have to talk about it like Professor Tim Flannery. You don't have to talk about it like Al Gore. You don't have to talk about it like a politician or anybody else. You can start with your own voice and your own understanding and your own knowledge and approach to the issue. And that that is valid and that is welcome. And that is important.”
“Once you understand who you're talking to, what their values are, what their mindset is, what are the things that they value, you have to also just allow them to talk and ask a whole lot of open questions. What's your views about climate change? Where do you get your views?”
“It's actually not about whether people believe the science. It's about whether they see climate change as something that affects them today and the things that matter to them. And that connection that they make is enough for them to say, okay, well, what am I actually going to do? How might I live differently? How might I behave differently? How might I ask different questions?”
Listen to the full episode, How To Talk About Climate Change, whenever you get your podcasts - just search ‘hope act thrive’.
We all want a better, greener, fairer future for the kiddies in our lives, but the conversation can be so gloom filled and depressing.
If you care about our magnificent planet and want to protect it for the next generation, but prefer to enjoy the process, to be filled with hope, inspired to act and to celebrate the actions we take, then have a listen to Hope. Act. Thrive.
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