Nonviolent Communication™ and Climate Change

“Our survival as a species depends on our ability to recognize that our well-being and the well-being of others are in fact one and the same.”

Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD.

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Who do you want to be when you step into the climate change conversation?

What would it look like if we all choose to use nonviolent communication when addressing climate change and other environmental issues? Probably pretty different from how it looks right now. I’m sure you’ve got a pretty good handle already on the fact that climate change has become a very polarizing and contentious issue amongst individuals, groups, communities, societies, and governments. Talks on these issues often contain a lot of poor listening, heated exchanges and strong opinions. Most of us have fallen into habitual societal patterns of thinking and communicating by assessing what we hear, letting our preconceived notions and judgements inform our opinions, and then defending our thoughts, which we like to call beliefs, as if they are the truth. Often we just wait for the person we are interacting with to stop speaking so we can spew our opinions, having that elusive chance at the last word. Even when you’re trying to be open to it, hearing the feelings and needs of someone on the other side of the fence on an issue that you are passionate about can be sincerely difficult. And that’s assuming that they (or you for that matter) know what their feelings and needs are, and can express them. How could choosing to utilize the tool of nonviolent communication possibly change this picture? Let’s just think about words for a minute.

Picture your most favorite place to be in nature, then consider these two groups of words as describing something happening there:

Beautiful. Thriving. Wondrous.

Catastrophic. Abysmal. Disastrous.

These distinct word groups bring up entirely different emotions and reactions, right? A word often carries with it an expression of something experienced on a mental or emotional level. Like ‘Catastrophic’ brings up mental anxiety and feelings of fear for me. Whereas, ‘Beautiful’ elicits mental calmness and feelings of joy. Words also tend to have a historical context of use that can dictate how we identify with them on the ‘good or bad/positive or negative’ scale. For example, it’s hard to put a positive spin on something that is described as ‘Catastrophic’…

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