Environment

Global labour’s challenge to climate change

I originally published this on The Guardian and am republishing it here. At the end November 2013, Philip Jennings, the general secretary for the global union federation UNI Global Union spoke at a climate conference in Toronto. His message was simple: “there is nothing more important facing humanity than the dangers of a warming planet. We…

Using evidence-based science for effective communications

Many people in unions and progressive politics talk about “framing” — made famous by George Lakoff’s Don’t Think of an Elephant — but it’s difficult to see what that means in practice. Effective communication is made even more challenging by the broad left’s obsession with “rationality” and fact-based arguments. I’ve previously written that progressives should give…

Science alone won’t change climate opinions, but it matters

I’ve often highlighted useful articles about cognitive and behavioural insights that I believe are useful for unions and progressive campaigners. This time, I’ve decided to republish an entire article by Ben Newell from The Conversation, because I want to draw it to the attention of my readers. It ties strongly to my earlier article, asking…

Abbott laughed at Australia’s hottest year on record

This is a mix of old and new. 2013 has been the hottest year on record for Australia, and the seventh hottest year on record. According a report from the Climate Council, we experienced the hottest January on record in 2013, the hottest summer and the hottest day ever recorded in Australia (also in January)….

Campaigning and Bargaining for Climate Action

At the end of November, I spoke at a climate conference at the University of Toronto, about a union climate campaign I organised from 2008 to 2011. The presentation was a case study on the NTEU Climate Champions campaign, which aimed to empower members to take action on climate change. Here’s a quote from my…

Tony Abbott’s carbon price referendum was a flop

Below I have reposted my most recent Guardian article. [hr] Just five days before polling day, then-opposition leader Tony Abbott declared at Australia’s National Press Club that the 2013 election would be a referendum on the carbon price. “More than anything,” Mr Abbott said, “this election is a referendum on the carbon tax.” The Australian…