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The Language of Global Warming

Published June 08, 2007 Posted by
Sustaining Change from the Middle Ground
James Biggar and Michael M'Gonigle
Alternatives Journal Online, April 2007

"'Climate porn.' That's how the Institute for Public Policy Research in Britain depicts the portrayal of the climate crisis by media and governments. In the organization's report, 'Warm Words,' the authors claim the apocalyptic and external framing of global warming convinces the public that climate change is inevitable and therefore beyond human control. In the context of that frame, appeals for changes in individual behaviour, such as the Liberals' One Tonne Challenge and the endless 'Ten Things you Can Do' lists, seem pretty lame, even to advocates. After all, how many times can a dutiful bicyclist be squeezed into the curb by a lumbering SUV before she feels there is no point to her action?"

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