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Climate change and the polycrisis: why we can’t ignore anger anymore

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: As the impacts of climate change become increasingly evident, the challenge of engaging communities in meaningful conversations about climate action is growing amidst rising global uncertainty, anger, and social instability
• The Mindworks Lab's Anger and Agency Monitor highlights the potential of leveraging constructive anger towards positive climate action

🔭 The context: The concept of "polycrisis" defines our era, marked by climate change, economic instability, and social unrest
Negative emotions are at an all-time high, yet most change-makers shy away from engaging with anger, a potent force for societal transformation

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The intersection of high anger levels and climate concerns presents an unprecedented opportunity for climate change-makers
• By understanding and channeling constructive anger, there's a potential to significantly amplify climate action efforts

⏭️ What's next: Recommendations for changemakers include harnessing climate-related anger into actionable strategies, shifting away from doomsday messaging to focus on security and possibility, empowering communities to take impactful actions, and fostering genuine dialogues over mere broadcasts of information

💬 One quote: "Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one." - Voltaire. This reflects the current global mood and the necessity of embracing the emotional landscape to drive change.

📈 One stat: In the UK, 31% of respondents felt most angry towards climate activists, indicating the need for a strategic shift in how climate issues are communicated and addressed.

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