Climate Wisconsin: Video Storytelling About a State of Change
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Nisbet studies the role of communication and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over over climate change, energy, and sustainability. Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet's research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism."
As I've been writing about for the past several years, the key to public engagement on climate change is to tell personally relevant stories about the issue. An effective method is to focus on how climate change is altering taken for granted ways of community life.
Perhaps the most innovative example of regional engagement I have come across is the Climate Wisconsin project, produced by the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the University of Wisconsin.
The site for the project serves as a vividly engaging hub for video storytelling on the issue. See example below focusing on the tradition of ice fishing in Madison, Wisconsin and go to the site for more. See also the state report on climate impacts and adaptation.
We're more dependent on them than we realize.
- Scientists says our survival depends on biodiversity.
- A natural climate strategy we often forget.
- Seeing our place among the Earth's living creatures.
There's a high social cost that comes with lighting up.
While short-term results are positive, there is mounting evidence against staying in ketosis for too long.
- Recent studies showed volunteers lost equal or more weight on high-carb, calorie-restricted diets than low-carb, calorie restricted diets.
- There might be positive benefits to short-term usage of a ketogenic diet.
- One dietician warns that the ketogenic diet could put diabetics at risk for diabetic ketoacidosis.
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