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Climate solutions – A healthy dose of optimism

Climate solutions are difficult, expensive, out of reach, and not particularly useful for regular people, particularly low income communities, and communities of color – right? That’s the usual line in the mainstream media, and it’s one we at Carpe Diem West are working hard to shift. We recently read Brentin Mock’s…

Why the Hobby Lobby decision is bad for everyone

Last week, five members of the Supreme Court (none of them women) decided the religious beliefs of certain corporations outweigh a woman’s right to birth control coverage. Which (as I wrote for the Skoll World Forum) is bad for the thousands of women who work for companies whose owners want…

Who shouted, who didn’t: 10 observations on the carbon regulations media landscape so far

With a month now passed since EPA’s announcement of carbon pollution standards for power plants, we took a look back at the news coverage in June to get a sense of the media landscape on the issue so far. To make the scan manageable, we concentrated on print and radio, news…

Carbon rule thrusts energy efficiency into the limelight

Energy reporters were all abuzz this spring in anticipation of the release of the Environmental Projection Agency’s draft regulations on power plant emissions. In the days leading up to the release, news coverage framed the story as a battle between coal vs. clean energy interests, with little to no coverage…

Electric vehicles for the rest of us

Californians, like the country as a whole, are driving less and less, helping curb dangerous tailpipe emissions. But with many forces at play, including a growing population, we can’t expect to reach our state’s climate goals by just coasting in cruise control. For this reason, California isn’t waiting for the…

10 words that thwart opposition messages to carbon limits

Carbon dioxide is back on a national political stage. On June 2, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy put it there with her announcement of standards for states to meet in reducing carbon pollution from power plants. In the weeks and months prior to the announcement, there was no small…

Bringing heart and spirit into the climate movement

This guest blog originally appeared on Climate Access. We often talk about the need to broaden the movement and encourage more voices beyond the traditional environmental base to speak about our need to act on climate.  Climate disruption is an issue that will affect everyone, and the more communities with…

How to make climate regulations matter to moms

How can make climate regulations relevant to soccer moms in the southeast? Well, you can start by talking about asthma. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s long-awaited proposal to regulate carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants was released today to high praise from businesses and investors, state leaders, faith leaders…

Interview: Katie Homes, Climate Reality Project

What do shopping, cookies, and outdoor concerts have to do with climate change? Anyone who has explored the Climate Reality Project’s visually stunning website, Whatilove.org, can tell you: all will be jeopardized in the near future thanks to carbon pollution. Like most people, you may feel largely disconnected from the…

3 pictures that pop: Findings from a photo-testing study

So you’ve got a great message. Whether you’ve honed it through practice or polling, you know the importance of testing and learning how your audience reacts to your words, and putting that knowledge to use. But what about your pictures? When you select an image for a web page, ad…