Catastrophizing Disempowers

A recent article was linked on Grist.

A short new briefing (PDF) from the International Institute Environment and Development (IIED) says that media coverage of climate change has improved, but …

“The false balance that has been a problem for years appears to be declining but a catastrophe narrative that disempowers people remains. Those supplying the media with information — scientists, politicians and NGOs — share some of the blame. The way they and the media frame climate change will affect how audiences respond.”

It’s time we started crafting a more nuanced message: yes, it’s serious, but yes, we can do something about it.

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