Tag: global-warming

November 3, 2020

Climate Week 2020 Highlight: Project Drawdown

By Tamanna Mohapatra   Imagine a city as a sanctuary for nature, solar panels on all buildings, no need for cars, and regenerative farming practiced everywhere. So began “Drawdown 2020: The Time is Now,” a Climate Week NYC  talk sponsored by Ethical NYC, Drawdown NYC, 350NYC, and Climate Reality NYC in September of 2020.     Founded in 2014, Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reach “drawdown—the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change — as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.” The way forward consists of 100 plus solutions, each of which reduces greenhouse gases by  avoiding emissions and/or by sequestering carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere. (more…)

November 13, 2016

Communication Conundrum: Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals

By Pamela Berns   climateIn October, The New York Times reported on a Pew Research Survey which “showed that while more than 90 percent of climate scientists agree that human activity causes climate change, the scientific consensus doesn’t appear to be swaying the public.   Which begs the question – what’s going on here?  Linguists, psychologists, policy analysts, communication experts, and sociologists have all weighed in on this contradiction. Simply put, it appears that communicating something as big and complex as climate change to skeptics and so called “deniers” is just as complex as the message itself.   A Tower of Babel In his introduction to a daylong Climate Week conference on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations, Unicef  Deputy Executive Director John Forsythe stressed the importance of “keeping public opinion with us.”  But how to achieve that is a topic for debate, evidenced by the differing opinions of the panelists.  Kate James, Chief Corporate Affairs and Marketing Officer at Pearson, believes we need to develop a shared vocabulary using the SDG’s as a launch point. Yet Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of the International Trade Center, wants to change the language of the SDG’s – which took a great deal of effort to forge in the first place – to something people can understand. And James Mwangi, Executive Director of the Dahlberg Group, thinks that a single shared language may not even be possible.  He believes there’s a need to be able to speak three “languages” to communicate effectively with civil society, government, and business, and coined the term “tri-sectoral athlete” for people who can do that successfully. (more…)