Climate Change Solutions

NOTES on methods that seem to be working

Overcome disbelief

  1. dare to think beyond the possible
  2. dare to think beyond the norm
  3. don't look for immediate solutions - look for opportunities
  4. choose an opportunity-finding approach (rather than a 'problem solving' approach)
    • Find new opportunities hidden in our 'blindspot
    • envision ways to clarify and ‘re-future’ them
    • make the visions more attractive
    • share / evolve them with all

Immediate Actions

  1. BBC's Summary of IPCC advice
  2. A supply and consumption-based approach
Make Poverty Desirable
  1. Empower the poor and show the wealthy how 'poverty-based' strategies bring more abundance and fun (i.e success).
    • the peasant school in San Chorquiz, Caracas.

Act for the Living Planet

  1. Client Earth became thinkable when Peter Singer outlined the principle of equal consideration of non-human interests within ethics. They now sue governments and companies over their climate change policies.

Re-language the World

  1. Lemkinism is our term for describing how to change social perceptions by inventing a new name for something that has gone unnoticed, or is under-valued.
    • E.g. Raphael Lemkin famously invented the word genocide in 1947
    • The term ecocide was recorded at the Conference on War and National Responsibility in Washington 1970.
    • The introduction of these words has changed behaviour.
  2. Katherine Heyhoe's non-antagonistic approach
    • "theological conservatism, scientific skepticism, political affiliation, and sociocultural influences have reinforced one another to instill climate skepticism into the evangelical tribe mentality, thus creating a formidable barrier to climate education efforts."
    • "About six minutes of the 33- to 53-minute lectures were devoted to theology-based ethics."
  3. Trim-tab concept
    • The 4 levels of courage tool can reduce the common tendency for ordinary citizens to underestimate their potential as trim-tabs.