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Saturday
Dec132014

Weekend update: More on the wisdom of SE Fla's *political science* of climate change

From correspondence with friends . . .

As you know, I think the science-communication brilliance of the SE Fla Regional Climate Compact is its recognition that constructive public engagement w/ climate change doesn't depend on identifying "magic words" or "frames," or on finding charismatic "conservative messengers" (Hank Paulsen? seriously?).

Rather it depends on creating and protecting a conversation that enables diverse citizens to apply their reason to protecting their shared way of life as opposed to a conversation that forces them to use their reason to protect the status of their particular cultural group & their own personal standing within it....

Subject of course as always to revising my understanding as I learn more, I'm convinced that that the mission for serious empirical researchers is now to help all those who don't yet get the "right conversation"principle to understand the importance of it; & to help those who already do get it to have all the information they need to create & protect that conversation as effectively as they can.

Here is something that strikes me as produced by some smart folks in the latter category. I've had some occasion to observe, w/ both casual & structured empirics, what is going on in Australia. I think Australia is as close to US as any other country (I love watching their tv shows)! And not surprisingly, it has its own SE Floridas.


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