Talking to young people about climate change? Try to make them laugh

Talking to young people about climate change? Try to make them laugh

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: YaleEnvironment360
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From floods to wildfires, the impacts of climate change are no laughing matter. But humor can be an effective way to motivate young people to get engaged.

Skurka: “Young adults by and large believe that climate change is happening, they believe it’s human caused, and yet in spite of this, they’re not necessarily the most politically engaged generation.”

To study how to reach this audience, Chris Skurka at Cornell University worked with comedians from Second City Chicago. They created a series of short videos about climate change. All featured a weatherman, but the tone of his report was different in each video. In one, he appears a bit … confused.