How the Fort McMurray Climate Conversation Went Down in Flames

Renee Lertzman, an expert in the psychology of environmental education, said it really isn’t a question of whether we make the connection between the fires and climate change but how. “This conversation needs to happen, but it doesn’t need to be polarizing,” Lertzman told DeSmog Canada. “The question is how can we communicate and engage with people in the most constructive and productive and effective ways?” “We’re designed to resist challenging, threatening news and information that can potentially challenge our worldview.” Read more at... read more

Does National Unity Have to be a Casualty of Canada’s Energy Debate?

Workers are laying down their tools across the Canadian oilpatch as the price slump draws on. Alberta had a net loss of nearly 20,000 jobs in 2015, with skilled workers being laid off and little hope in sight. The reaction, then, to talks of climate action has been often hostile, with people fearing more economic damage from carbon pricing or other new environmental regulation.

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Beyond hope and despair?

If you are engaged in any way with sustainability, ecological health, climate change and energy transitions, restoration and protection, chances are you have danced with this question:

Do we have hope?

As our awareness rises – whether through a hard-hitting environmental program or documentary, or simply listening and hearing about the litany of declines and threats facing our webs of life – it is almost impossible not to have this question.

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