Yale Climate Connections Launches New Climate Series on NPR Stations

August 21, 2014

I’m very proud of my association with Yale Climate Connections – formerly the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media – so this week’s good news has me stoked.

The organization has launched a 5-day-per-week, 90 second radio spot on 38 NPR stations, featuring the voicing of Tony Leiserowitz and stories from the various Yale contributors.  I haven’t had time to help out much yet due to this summer’s commitments, but hope to be pitching in in coming weeks.

Here’s an example of the first week’s offerings, above, and the web story associated with it. They decided to lead with a “solutions” story, which I think was a good choice.

Yale Climate Connections:

Environmentalists and Tea Partiers are frequently at odds with each other, but in Georgia, they sometimes dance to the same tune. For example, the Sierra Club and the Atlanta Tea Party recently joined forces to fight for the right of homeowners with rooftop solar to sell their homegrown electricity to the Georgia Power Company. The Sierra Club supports solar energy because it’s good for the environment. For Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, it’s about the free market and consumer choice.

DOOLEY: “Decentralized energy empowers the people. So we began to work together.”

The two groups partnered again when the utility proposed charging people with solar panels more to access the electrical grid. And, by working together, they won again.

DOOLEY: “We’ve had a great working relationship…it forces people to actually stop and think…if these groups from opposite ends of the spectrum believe the same way, then we believe it has some merit.”

It takes two to tango. In Georgia, the Sierra Club and the Tea Party worked together to empower individual Georgia consumers and advance the clean energy economy. Their partnership was so successful that they’ve since formed “The Green Tea Coalition.” I’m Anthony Leiserowitz.

Climate Connections is produced by the Yale Center for Environmental Communication. Learn more at http://www.YaleClimateConnections.org.

Reporting credits: Bud Ward and ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo: Debbie Dooley

 

One Response to “Yale Climate Connections Launches New Climate Series on NPR Stations”


  1. […] Here’s an example of the first week’s offerings, above, and the web story associated with it. They decided to lead with a “solutions” story, which I think was a good choice.Yale Climate Connections:Environmentalists and Tea Partiers are frequently at odds with each other, but in Georgia, they sometimes dance to the same tune. For example, the Sierra Club and the Atlanta Tea Party recently joined forces to fight for the right of homeowners with rooftop solar to sell their homegrown electricity to the Georgia Power Company. The Sierra Club supports solar energy because it’s good for the environment. For Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, it’s about the free market and consumer choice.  […]


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