How to talk climate change with skeptical relatives during the holidays
Support for climate cast comes from Bank of America financing clean energy, initiatives and advancements in renewable energy and spurring innovation in and the growth of environmentally focused companies markets and jobs. Bank of America NA member FDIC happy thanksgiving week. Here's a number to impress at the thanksgiving dinner table thirty three percent about one in three years. Features a white thanksgiving in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota DNR climate working group and think about these three words, sex, religion and politics, taboo, topics at the thanksgiving dinner table for most. Now some include climate change in that list. So while you're stuffing yourself with the traditional Turkey and gravy. What's the most effective way to slide into a serving of climate change conversation? John Cook is a research assistant, professor at the center for climate change communication at George Mason University. He created the website skeptical science dot com. I talked with. Him via Skype. I was getting into arguments with my father-in-law about climate change. And like any son-in-law who doesn't want to lose an argument with he's bothering. I started to list all the possible arguments that I might encounter the next get together because he didn't accept climate change and he'll throw in various climate denial man's. So I build these databases even arguments and what the science said about each one. I and eventually I realized this little lot bulb went off. And I thought other people might find this resource useful as well. Other people have cranky uncles or father-in-law's. Did they get into about climate change with? And so I probably skeptical science online, and it turns out of this, right? Lots of cranky uncles. They getting to accurate about climate change your climate science, communicator and educator. What's working these days to move the needle and climate? Change. Acceptance and action will one thing that we've done a lot of research here. George Mason University in collaboration with the island university is just seeing the powerful role that perceived consensus is what people think the experts thing. And it kind of makes it a lot of sense because everyone's busy Weedon. You know, we don't have time to become experts on everything. So we often defend to what the experts think I'm an issue. And so what people think the experts in this case climate, scientists think about where the humans are causing global warming turns out to be really important basically information so just communicating this very simple message that ninety seven percent of climate scientists agree that humans causing global warming is a really simple and powerful message. These are strange days John for climate change in policy are you Optima stick or pessimistic about climate action in the critical next five or ten years. I mean in the longtime I neither we'll get there. In the short term. I'm probably a little pessimistic in at a federal level. I think that we've gone backwards by dry and the US at the federal level. But at the local level, I think there's a lot of exciting things happening happening. You have businesses and local governments all aggressively working to reduce emissions and transition to renewable power, and the there's a lot of exciting things going. We just need to Skyla it up and just CPA CHAD'S the current efforts that are already happening. John Cook with George Mason University and creator of the website skeptical science dot com, thanks for your work and for being on climate cast today. Thanks, paul. Thanks for having me on that's climate cast. I'm NPR chief meteorologist, Paul hunter.