What’s The Hang Up About Climate Change?

This post comes from Chantal Bilodeau’s Artists and Climate Change Blog

Warsaw walk outCivil society organizations walk out of the Warsaw climate negotiations, November 21 2013
Photo: Adopt A Negotiator

A great article by Felicity Le Quesne was published this week in the online news provider The International. Titled “In-Depth: The Psychological and Social Roots of Climate Change Skepticism,” the article looks at people’s attitude towards climate change through a psychological, political and social lens, and makes the point that to be effective climate communication must go beyond the simple piling up of scientific evidence, and take into consideration the complexity of the human brain. This sounds to me like communicators have to know their audiences, and make sure they are addressing them in a way  that is both specific and appropriate. Which, I would then argue, is something  artists are particularly good at. So keep at it everyone. It may not always be immediately apparent, but what we are doing is helpful and has value.

Filed under: Climate Communication


Artists and Climate Change is a blog by playwright Chantal Bilodeau that tracks artistic responses from all disciplines to the problem of climate change. It is both a study about what is being done, and a resource for anyone interested in the subject. Art has the power to reframe the conversation about our environmental crisis so it is inclusive, constructive, and conducive to action. Art can, and should, shape our values and behavior so we are better equipped to face the formidable challenge in front of us.

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