Let’s Change The Way We Talk About Climate Change | Jes Thompson | TEDxNMU

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  • Published on Apr 24, 2018
  • Jessica Thompson is an associate professor in the Communication and Performance Studies department at NMU. She teaches courses in public relations, new media and environmental communication. Her research is focused on collaboration, climate change and public lands. Over the past decade she has participated in dozens of projects across the Western US, Mexico, India, Singapore and Mongolia. The impacts of a rapidly changing climate are everywhere, yet we haven’t figured out how to talk about climate change with our friends and neighbors. Since the 1980s public conversations about climate change have been dominated by the language of science and politics. Our own fears of scientific inaccuracy and uncertainty - or political disagreement - have censored us from talking about how to live on a changing planet. This talk presents a new frame for conversations about climate change - place - places that matter. We can change the conversation about climate change by connecting the issues to the places and people we love.
    Jessica Thompson is an associate professor in the Communication and Performance Studies department at NMU. She teaches courses in public relations, new media and environmental communication. Her research is focused on collaboration, climate change and public lands. Over the past decade she has participated in dozens of projects across the Western US, Mexico, India, Singapore and Mongolia. She has published more than 40 manuscripts and is currently finishing her second book, “America’s Largest Classroom: What We Learn From Our National Parks.” She earned her PhD in Environmental Communication at the University of Utah (2007) and she is a graduate of NMU (2001). This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at www.ted.com/tedx

Comments • 22

  • Webby582
    Webby582 7 days ago

    Real people don't want to talk to you about it because it's an F', world wide scam.

  • Rita Mallett
    Rita Mallett 10 days ago

    Would you come to North Carolina and talk to some of the climate change deniers we have in this state? I would love to help you!

  • Lars S
    Lars S 3 months ago

    No money for the climate skeptic, all the climate religion priest's speak the same arguments.

    • MRTOWELRACK
      MRTOWELRACK 3 months ago

      The fossil fuel industry, industrial agriculture, and clear-cutting loggers would beg to differ.

  • Robert Tormey
    Robert Tormey 4 months ago +6

    AGW is a hoax.

  • Andrew Thomas
    Andrew Thomas 8 months ago +3

    Perhaps we need to change the way we think about climate change. That is, maybe it's not something human's need to solve, but rather it's something that will solve us. 🙂

  • Amos Soma
    Amos Soma 10 months ago +7

    It's hard to have a conversation on climate change when scientists never explain why the earth started to warm after the last ice age and the one before that and the one before that, all without the help of man. When they fail to this it's hard to understanding why we're taking the blame for the warming that has been occurring since the last ice age. We know that the earth was warmer at the peak of last warming periods than it is today and that the sea level was 25' higher at the peak of the last warming period. That happened without the aid of man. What we should be doing is preparing for the inevitable sea level rise that's coming and stop selling snake oil about man being able to stop it.

    • Reg S
      Reg S 5 months ago

      It's simple, but climate change deniers do too deny this fact:
      The earth was never heating up so rapidly. We're not facing a natural change.

    • Cardboard Pow
      Cardboard Pow 5 months ago

      Its easy to find out why but you will never find things directly under the category, but more like stumble across them. The reason why so many people keep there mouths shut, I don’t know.

  • stapme
    stapme 11 months ago +2

    Terrible.

  • Washington Strong arm
    Washington Strong arm 11 months ago +7

    Global cooling, global warming, vortex, climate change, climate poo, climate moo, I wonder what will be the next name for the hoax...?

    • Robert Tormey
      Robert Tormey 4 months ago +2

      Thankyou AGW is a hoax, more people need to see that.

    • Cardboard Pow
      Cardboard Pow 5 months ago +3

      Its not a hoax. The thing is, is that the climate will always change. Us humans are not the cause of any of it. Scientists say that there is so much evidence while there are so many variables affecting the climate. Scientists pretty much say that they can look at 50 tons of hay and tell you the one strand that is slightly shorter than the others.

    • Washington Strong arm
      Washington Strong arm 6 months ago +2

      @Natasha Kalanda yes, it is a far left pseudoscience to promote a socialist agenda .

    • Natasha Kalanda
      Natasha Kalanda 8 months ago

      Are you sayig climate change and global warming is a hoax?

  • Didivs Ivlianvs
    Didivs Ivlianvs Year ago +3

    Okay, I'll lead with solutions: 1) Live on half of what you do now, 2) Vote for government to tax and ration resources, 3) Run America and Europe into the ground while China and maybe Africa catches up, 4) Socialism, like 97% of scientists have always wanted for every problem, from nuclear weapons to overpopulation and the "energy crisis". Yes, leading with solutions will influence people. Europeans love socialism because they like taking orders and just because average Americans don't.

    • Cardboard Pow
      Cardboard Pow 5 months ago

      Those are not solutions, They are extra problems.

  • John Zyp
    John Zyp Year ago +3

    Thank you for your presentation. I hope more people will listen to you.

  • Roger Marshar
    Roger Marshar Year ago +2

    You are nuts. Your TEDx talk is filled with lies and hypocrisy. 97% of people making the 97% claim have absolutely no idea where that number comes from. If you cared about climate change you wouldn't be traveling like you do. Bet you drive a $40,000 Subaru. "explicit endorsement without quantification” There is a middle ground Jes, you need to find it.

  • Bogdan Ghiorghiu
    Bogdan Ghiorghiu Year ago +3

    Ms. Thompson is so charismatic! Thank you for a good talk.

  • Not A Nomad
    Not A Nomad Year ago +3

    Lead by example or people will simply ignore you. Now having said that, who had more credibility President Carter when dealing with the energy crisis or President Obama's and climate change? Who lead by example and who didn't?

  • phil
    phil Year ago +2

    Thank you Jes, for your wisdom, your passion and advice. If every person takes small positive steps to conserve and reduce our use of resources, it can lead to a giant change in how society, as a whole, views and approaches this potential cataclysmic catastrophe. Instead of carbon dioxide molecules radiating heat for eons of time, let each of us become points of concern, radiating knowledge and serving as examples for others to model.
    "Be the change you want to see in the world." (Mahatma Gandhi)