I’m going to start to by relating some of the conversations being had around the climate change issue in particular about carbon price in Australia. I’m sure there are similar discussions being had in all of your countries at the same time. It would be interesting to hear if the debate is the same, or even if there is a debate?
Currently there are climate skeptics still getting a large percentage of the media share on the issue, however the debate seems to have shifted away to the whole issue of pricing or ‘taxing’ carbon.
Personally I feel it’s unfortunate that the issue comes down to who can put the best spin on the situation first. By this I mean the way that the word ‘tax’ conjures up negative thoughts as it has been used this way relentlessly in the media by those opposing putting a price on carbon. I believe tax is a good and essential thing, but what I’ve seen is that once a word is viewed in such a way, it is difficult to reverse. In respect to the current government trying to pass a carbon price and convince the Australian public that this tax or price is a good thing has been a lot more difficult than expected.
There are a number of other groups such as the union movement, environmental groups and social justice groups that are working hard to spread the word, educate and try to activate the public and communities to act aroundAustralia, largely through social networking. One in particular ‘Say Yes to a Price on Pollution’ has been successful with social networking and television advertising (somewhat controversial to some as the civil society group consisting of and funded by unions, environmental groups and other social justice groups used celebrities in their campaign).
I’ll put in a few of the links, however I’m sure you have similar groups also.
Maybe one of the other Australians might want to comment on groups such as Getup and the use of social networking?