For everyone's convenience and sanity, we've gathered a collection of useful tools and fact sheets to help you navigate the holiday season.
We love this concise video by the Alliance for Climate Education called "The Secret to Talking about Climate Change." In this animated short, we're given tips for how to structure a productive conversation with those whose opinions differ from our own. Some of these lessons include starting with a question about the other person's perspective, shifting focus from debating to understanding, and always making an effort to end on a positive note. Don't forget about the power of listening!
We recently read a fantastic article by The New York Times entitled "One Thing You Can Do: Know Your Climate Facts." It provides a list of valuable educational materials from digestible short books and podcasts about the climate crisis, to easily scannable fact sheets dispelling common myths about global warming and its effects. Here were some of our favorites:
Skeptical Science common arguments and lists of myths - "This stalwart’s "Arguments" page lists 197 common myths about climate change ("It’s the sun") alongside what the science actually says ("In the last 35 years of global warming, sun and climate have been going in opposite directions"). It’s all backed by abundant research."
The 12 Questions Every Climate Activist Hears, and What to Say fact sheet - "This PDF from The Climate Reality Project will arm you with evidence-based answers to the 'most common arguments against man-made climate change.'"
13 Misconceptions About Global Warming video - "Got six minutes? Then watch Derek Muller, host of the YouTube channel Veritasium and holder of a doctorate in physics education research, offer humorous rebuttals to more than a dozen common climate myths."
For more resources, you can read the full New York Times article here.