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Climate Communication Myths Exposed! Featuring Katharine Hayhoe

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Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe photographed at the National Ranching Heritage Museum in Lubbock, Texas on April 16, 2014. Photo Credit: Ashley Rodgers—Texas Tech University

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe photographed at the National Ranching Heritage Museum in Lubbock, Texas on April 16, 2014.
Photo Credit: Ashley Rodgers—Texas Tech University

As host of the Citizens’ Climate Radio podcast, I get to think, write, and talk a lot about climate communication. Folks like Dr. Katharine Hayhoe have helped me understand the sort of traps climate communicators fall into. Back in 2015 I heard her speak, and that talk has helped shaped my style and approach.

In episode 4 of Citizens’ Climate Radio, I resist that talk and give listeners a chance to go deeper. Who are we connected to in the world? Who are the people who trust us and will listen to us? These are the folks we can influence with our climate messages, especially when we make them relevant to the passions we share.

Sing a new song–a climate-themed song

I also interview singer/song writer Michael Levy and share some of his original music. He is trying to process the many strong feelings around climate change. His music serves to encourage and inspire other climate advocates.

GREAT BIG LOVE! from Elsbeth Mumm on Vimeo.

Maybe my favorite part of the show is the Citizens’ Climate Puzzler. This time three different listeners share their responses to the question: Why should America do anything about climate change when China is polluting so much. Three different approaches to this common question.

Have a listen.

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Peterson Toscano is a quirky queer Quaker concerned about Climate Change. His website is www.petersontoscano.com

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