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Creating a Climate for Change:
Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change

Table of Contents


Susanne C. Moser (NCAR) and Lisa Dilling (University of Colorado)

Robert Kates (independent)

Lisa Dilling (University of Colorado) and Susanne C. Moser (NCAR)

Part I. Communicating Climate Change

1 Weather or Climate Change
Ann Bostrom (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Daniel Lashof (National Resources Defense Council)

2 Communicating the Risks of Global Warming: American Risk Perceptions, Affective Images and Interpretive Communities
Anthony Leiserowitz (Decision Research)

3 More Bad News: The Risk of Neglecting Emotional Responses to Climate Change Information
Susanne C. Moser (NCAR)

4 Public Scares: Changing the Issue Culture
Sheldon Ungar (University of Toronto-Scarborough)

5 The Challenge of Trying to Make a Difference Using Media Messages
Sharon Dunwoody (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

6 Listening to the Audience: San Diego Hones Its Communication Strategy by Soliciting Residents’ Views
Linda Giannelli Pratt (City of San Diego) and Sarah Rabkin (University of California-Santa Cruz)

7 The Climate-Justice Link: Communicating with Low Income and Minority Audiences
Julian Agyeman (Tufts University), Bob Doppelt (University of Oregon), Kathy Lynn (University of Oregon), and Halida Hatic (Tufts University)

8 Postcards from the (Not so) Frozen North: Talking about Climate Change in Alaska
Shannon McNeeley (University of Alaska-Fairbanks, NCAR) and Orville Huntington (Alaska Native Science Commission)

9 Climate Change: A Moral Issue
The Rev. Sally Bingham (The Regeneration Project)

10 Einstein, Roosevelt, and the Atomic Bomb: Lessons Learned for Scientists Communicating Climate Change
Lucy Warner (UCAR)

11 Across the Great Divide: Supporting Scientists as Effective Messengers in the Public Sphere
Nancy Cole (Union of Concerned Scientists) with Susan Watrous (independent)

12 Dealing With Climate Change Contrarians
Aaron M. McCright (Michigan State University)

13 A Role for Dialogue in Communication about Climate Change
Kathleen Regan (Tufts University, formerly of the Public Conversations Project)

14 Information is Not Enough
Caron Chess (Rutgers University) and Branden B. Johnson (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection)

Part II. Facilitating Social Change

15 Stuck in the Slow Lane of Behavior Change? A Not-So-Superhuman Perspective on Getting Out of Our Cars
John Tribbia (University of Colorado)

16 Consumption Behavior and Narratives about the Good Life
Laurie Michaelis (Living Witness)

17 Educating for “Intelligent Environmental Action” in an Age of Global Warming
Tina Grotzer (Harvard University) and Rebecca Lincoln (Harvard University)

18 Education for Global Responsibility
Mary Catherine Bateson (independent)

19 Changing the World One Household at a Time: Portland’s 30-Day Program to Lose 5 000 Pounds
Sarah Rabkin (University of California-Santa Cruz) with David Gershon (Empowerment Institute)

20 Changing Organizational Ethics and Practices Toward Climate and Environment
Keith James (Portland State University), April Smith (Colorado State University) and Bob Doppelt (University of Oregon)

21 Change in the Marketplace
Vicki Arroyo (Pew Center on Global Climate Change) and Benjamin Preston (CSIRO, previously at PewCenter)

22 The Market as Messenger: Sending the Right Signals
John Atcheson (U.S. Department of Energy)

23 Making it Easy: Establishing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as Routine Best Practices
Lisa Dilling (University of Colorado) and Barbara Farhar (University of Colorado)

24 Forming Networks, Enabling Leaders, Creative Financing Action: The Cities for Climate ProtectionTM Campaign
Abby Young (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives)

25 Ending the Piecemeal Approach: Santa Monica’s Comprehensive Plan for Sustainability
Susan Watrous (independent) and Natasha Fraley (independent)

26 States Leading the Way on Climate Change Action: The View from the Northeast
Abbey Tennis (Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development)

27 West Coast Governors’ Global Warming Initiative: Using Regional Partnerships to Coordinate Climate Action
Pierre duVair (California Energy Commission), Sam Sadler (Oregon Department of Energy), Anthony Usibelli (Washington Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development), and Susan Anderson (City of Portland, Oregon)

28 Building Social Movements
David S. Meyer (University of California-Irvine)

29 Climate Litigation: Shaping Public Policy and Stimulating Debate
Marilyn Averill (University of Colorado)

30 The Moral and Political Challenges of Climate Change
Dale Jamieson (New York University)

Part III. Creating a Climate for Change

31 An Ongoing Dialogue on Climate Change: The Boulder Manifesto
Robert Harriss (Houston Advanced Research Center)

32 Toward the Social Tipping Point: Changing the Climate Change Conversation
Susanne C. Moser (NCAR) and Lisa Dilling (University of Colorado)


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