How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference


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Introduction: A change of heart, or How I became emotional about climate change
Chapter 1: The problem with reason, or Why we need to stop arguing about science
Chapter 2: Start being emotional, or The importance of feelings over facts
Chapter 3: Green girls, or What we can learn from teens about how to talk about climate
Chapter 4: Guilt, or My plastic coffee cup killed the green sea turtle
Chapter 5: Fear, or Do wildfires change minds and votes?
Chapter 6: Anger is my frenemy
Chapter 7: Denial, or The need to be innocent
Chapter 8: Despair, or The support group at the end of the world
Chapter 9: Hope, or How to get out of bed in the morning
Chapter 10: Loss, or Bury me in a carbon sink
Chapter 11: Love, or Do it for the birds
Conclusion: It's the right time to talk about climate change
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About the Author

Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's most experienced social researchers and former director of The Mind and Mood Report, the longest running measure of the nation's attitudes and trends. She holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in gender studies, and is a mum to three young children. It was realising she is part of the problem older generation that caused her change of heart and to dedicate herself to researching our attitudes to climate change. She is a member of Al Gore's Climate Reality Corps, carries out social research for NGOs such as The Wilderness Society and WWF, and writes and presents for the ABC. This is her sixth book.


'The antidote to climate anxiety is action. Make your first action reading this book.' OSHER GUNSBERG

'Finally, an answer to the paralysing fear we sometimes feel. Rebecca Huntley shows us a way forward - by engaging our hearts as well as our heads.' RICHARD GLOVER

'Rebecca Huntley has given us a great gift: an essential guide to understanding ourselves and each other as we face the climate crisis. Let's take down the walls that divide us. Collectively, with compassion and courage, we can make real change happen.' KYLIE KWONG

'Explains whether and how we will choose to solve the climate problem. Immensely important analysis in a great read.' PROFESSOR ROSS GARNAUT

'A book on how to talk about climate change is merely another reading option for the committed. A book about being vulnerable, facing fear, despair as well as guilt that moves to hope, love and naming the deeply felt things is compulsory reading. This book is one such book. Rebecca Huntley, esteemed for her objective surveys that tell us what ordinary Australians think, jumps a fence. The detached observer practises her craft by becoming the subject of her craft. Her vulnerability is not indulgent sentimentality but works to chart the risks that climate change brings to the people and things she loves most in the world. In so doing she powerfully reminded me of what is most at stake. Indeed, How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference does us all a great service.' TIM COSTELLO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MICAH AUSTRALIA

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