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Published on May 25, 2016
Karin Kirk dives into a topic that is often discouraging and paralyzing with a hopeful, positive, and actionable message. She shares examples of ways to frame the climate conversation that have been shown to unite disparate audiences. Learn effective communication strategies and how to avoid common traps that lead to contention on this divisive issue.
Karin Kirk has her M.S. in Earth Sciences from Montana State University, but began studying climate change as a geology undergraduate in 1990 as it was first emerging as an issue of national importance. Since then, she has taught courses about climate change, ran energy conservation projects, worked on national-scale climate education efforts, and measured the effectiveness of NOAA’s Climate.gov website. While a scientist by training, Karin is particularly intrigued by the intersection of science and the human dimension. Lately she has been wading headlong into social media debates and seeing just what it takes to diffuse the heated and polarizing rhetoric. Karin also works as a ski instructor and Ridge Guide at Bridger Bowl and writes about skiing for both local and national publications. She and her husband Dave have lived in Bozeman for 16 years.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx