Category Archives: Behaviour change

Sub-category to Environment

One of the best things an environmentalist can do: get on a plane

This post is by Brendan May, chairman of The Robertsbridge Group. Some years ago, Prince Charles got into trouble for accepting an environment award overseas. ‘But he flew!’, they cried. Since then, from what I can tell, HRH has had … Continue reading

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How making a game of climate change could help save the planet

This guest post is by energy and climate change consultant Paula Owen. It first appeared on GreenBiz.com Behaviour change interventions have so far had surprisingly limited success in motivating wider society into taking positive environmental action. Despite constant bombardment of messages regarding … Continue reading

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What’s the link between the rising tide of populist politics and climate denial?

This post is by Matthew Lockwood, senior research fellow at the University of Exeter. Last week I blogged on how UKIP’s rise has been mirrored by a rise in the proportion of people saying that they do not think the world … Continue reading

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Communicating sustainability: lessons from public health

This post by Steven Johnson, founder of Collaborative Change, first appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business. Consumer behaviour change is the challenge of our time. As governments and brands are beginning to realise, upstream improvements are relatively easy to make compared with the … Continue reading

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Reasons to be cheerful

Unlike most people working on environmental issues, I spend most of my time finding and telling good news stories. When not editing the Green Alliance blog, I work on earthrise, an environmental TV show on Al Jazeera English that features … Continue reading

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How to thrive in a green, low growth economy – take more holiday

This post by Jørgen Randers, professor of policy analysis at the Norwegian School of Management, first appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business. Imagine if we could limit human production to levels that managed the world’s resources better and lessened the amount of pollution emitted … Continue reading

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Radical activists play a vital role in political & corporate change

This post by George Marshall,  founder and programme director of the Climate Outreach Information Network, first appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business. Large businesses and governments often regard radical activists as a nuisance, a threat or an outright enemy. I’ve worked with … Continue reading

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Can wine, quizzes and advice help reduce people’s energy use?

This is a guest post by Graham Smith, professor of politics at the University of Westminster, and principal investigator of a project on community-based initiatives for energy saving.  It’s a widely held assumption on the part of policy-makers and activists that community … Continue reading

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Sceptics, climate change and the media

This is a guest post by James Painter of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism It’s nearly Christmas, so it must be the end of another round of UN climate talks.  One of the less reported aspects of this … Continue reading

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How creating pop-up cafes and homework clubs can encourage people to save energy

This post is by Green Alliance policy assistant Jonny Hazell, who worked on Waste Watch’s Our Common Place project, which has recently published a report on its first year. Waste Watch’s Our Common Place programme emerged from the simple idea … Continue reading

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