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Podcast Recommendation - Reasons to be Cheerful: How to Talk to a Climate Change Denier

Vicki Woolven

16th February 2023

One of the things I miss now that I am working from home is listening to podcasts as I drove to and from school, so this week I decided it was time to catch up with some episodes of one of my favourites - Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd. If you are not familiar with the podcast, each week Ed and Geoff talk to a special guest (or guests) about a project that they are involved in which is seeking to improve society or the environment.

This specific episode is a brilliant one and is all about how to tackle climate misinformation. This episode features...

  • Jennie King (Head of Climate Research and Policy, Institute for Strategic Dialogue) - talking about some of the arguments used to delay action on climate change.
  • Professor Sander van der Linden (Professor of Social Psychology, University of Cambridge) - talking about the psychology of misinformation spread and why social media has only turbocharged it.
  • Sean Buchan Campaign Director, Stop Funding Heat) - talking about the grassroots campaign Stop Funding Heat which aims to make climate misinformation unprofitable.

Listen to the episode here.

Other sources of information...

What is climate mis-/disinformation?

Report from the ISD 'Deny, deceive, delay: documenting and responding to climate disinformation at COP26 and beyond'

Discourses of Climate Delay comic by Céline Keller

Stop Funding Heat Campaign

Skeptical Science - website set up by academic Jon Cook to examine the science and arguments of climate scepticism

Vicki Woolven

Vicki Woolven is Subject Lead for Key Stage 4 Humanities at tutor2u. Vicki previously worked as a Head of Geography and Sociology for many years, leading her department to be one of the GA's first Centres of Excellent, and has been a content writer, senior examiner and local authority Key Practitioner for Humanities.

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