‘Climate Porn’

The BBC writes,

Apocalyptic visions of climate change used by newspapers, environmental groups and the UK government amount to “climate porn”, a think-tank says.

The report from the Labour-leaning Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) says over-use of alarming images is a “counsel of despair”.

It says they make people feel helpless and says the use of cataclysmic imagery is partly commercially motivated.

However, newspapers have defended their coverage of a “crucial issue”.

From IPPR’s website,

Simon Retallack, ippr’s head of climate change, said:
“If the public is to be persuaded of the need to act we must understand how climate change is being communicated in the UK. Currently, climate communications too often terrify or thrill the reader or viewer while failing to make them feel that they can make a difference, which engenders inaction.

“Government and green groups should avoid giving the impression that ‘we are all doomed’ and spend less time convincing people that climate change is real.The focus should be on the big actions that people can take to address climate change, like switching to a hybrid car, fitting a wind turbine or installing cavity wall insulation…”

What is this? An outbreak of common sense?

Update: Here is ecoEnquirer’s take on the story.

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