Climate Activism


How a Teen Climate Activist Struck Fear Into Our Leaders | NowThis
‘I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic.’ — Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is telling world leaders exactly what’s at stake if they don’t act.

Yale Climate Connections profile of Great Thunberg and climate scientists, politicians and journalists commenting on the accelerating climate crisis

Video reading of Derrick Jensen’s 2009 Orion Magazine essay “Forget Shorter Showers” on the myth of individual ‘solutions’ to the climate crisis. “Would any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday; or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons; or that dancing around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”? Why are these “solutions” not sufficient? But most importantly, what can be done instead to actually stop the murder of the planet?”

“Brandalism 2015 – COP21 Paris Climate Talks”
Two days before the launch of the UN COP21 Climate Conference, 600 posters were installed in outdoor media spaces across Paris. 82 Artists from 19 different countries made artworks to challenge the corporate takeover of COP21 and to reveal the connections between advertising, the promotion of consumerism and climate change. See more at

“Polar Bear” (plane stupid)
A confronting video developed by environmental NGO Plane Stupid highlighting the CO2 emissions resulting from the expansion of air travel. Example of the use of negative emotions of horror, fear and sadness in climate change communications.

Bidder 70, official trailer
A powerful documentary about environmental activist Tim DeChristopher who derails an illegal oil and gas auction in a courageous act of civil disobedience.

Gasland, official trailer
A 2010 documentary written and directed by Josh Fox, which focuses on local communities in the US affected by the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling and specifically the use of of horizontal drilling into shale formations known as hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’). Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011.

“John Doerr: Salvation and profit in greentech (TED)
In March 2007 John Doerr, a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins delivered an emotional talk about climate change and the ‘green economy’ at the annual Technology, Entertainment and Design conference in Monterey, California. A great example of emotions in corporate environmentalism.

CFC Keynote – Alan Palm – Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)
Good example of climate change communication for teenagers.

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