MORAL MESSAGING ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The pope's encyclical on climate change has moved moral messaging on climate action into the forefront of the climate movement. The resources in this collection will provide you with guidance on how to engage and connect with people around the moral imperative to act on climate change. 

 

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This is the fourth national survey conducted by George Manson University; the findings explore the ways in which meteorologists broadcast their views and activities on climate change in their reporting. 

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The Our Voices interfaith climate campaign commissioned the Climate Outreach Information Network to test a variety of messages around climate change aimed at members of the world’s 5 main faith groups: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim. Their research revealed different frames and narrative arcs that proved effective to faith audiences, plus some pitfalls to avoid.

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Taken just before the release of the pope’s encyclical on climate change, this Pew Research survey delves into the views of American Catholics on climate change and compares them to the American general public. It also looks at how Catholics and Americans see Pope Francis.

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A blog post from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication on the opinions of American Catholics towards global climate action. 

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Polling from Yale as part of their Climate Change in the American Mind series looking at religious people's opinions on climate change. 

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A blog post by Climate Access' Amy Huva on how Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light are reaching people through faith on climate. 

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A blog post by Climate Access' David Minkow on how to pursuade using moral principals. 

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A guest blog post from Max Wei looking at the ethical obligation to combat climate change. 

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A Climate Access Member's Forum Q&A following up to the Moral Call for Climate Action roundtable in July 2012. (This resource requires Climate Access membership sign in)

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A report on the moral climate movement that analyzes the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and needs of organizations motivated by the ethical implications of climate change and provides recommendations for growth.

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A nationwide poll finds that nearly two-thirds of voters support President Obama taking significant steps to address climate change and also finds that this desire for action comes from deeply held values that Americans have a moral obligation to protect future generations from climate impacts.

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Researchers at Stanford and UC Berkeley examine why Americans’ attitudes about the environment are highly polarized and how moralized discourse may be affecting the ideological divide.
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A study that outlines six reasons why climate change poses moral challenges and six strategies to identify the problem as a moral imperative in order to motivate support for climate action and policies.

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An article on why many evangelical Christians are divided on the subject of climate change and the recent trends that indicate a growing concern about the moral implications of climate change within Christian communities, especially among younger evangelicals.

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