Watching films like the 11th Hour, the Age of Stupid and an Inconvenient Truth, I’m always struck by feelings of powerlessness and anxiety. These films highlight important issues, and the absolute imperative that the world takes action, but offer little that is concrete in terms of how.
One article I have found refers to these feelings as “fear leading to paralysis”. The Science for Environment Policy: Environment Communication issue has an article entitled “Fear is not the answer to communicating climate change”. What do you think? Do you agree with the researchers? Do you agree that while frightening climate change images attract attention, it is the more ‘enabling’, everyday images that encourage behaviour change?