How to (productively) discuss climate change online

Read the full story from the National Center for Science Education.

Combating a system set up to expose you to more polarizing ideas can be challenging. In the Breaking Down Barriers program, we use the no-conflict approach to engage with climate misinformation off-line. This technique involves de-escalating tensions by recognizing shared values and repositioning debates as friendly conversations.

Thinking about applying this technique to online discourse might seem absurd, as it is often the antithesis of what you see online. However, if we are motivated to help stem the tide of misinformation, we should strive to understand who we are trying to reach. 

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