2022 Ocean Awareness Contest Theme:
The Funny Thing About Climate Change
We are inundated with the scary realities of climate change, which can make us feel helpless, hopeless, and overwhelmed. Approaching climate change from a fresh perspective can help alleviate climate anxiety and build resilience. How can we use unfamiliar and unexpected approaches, to discuss something as serious as climate change without minimizing or undermining it? Humor, satire, and irony are powerful communication tools. Yes, even for an issue as serious as climate change. Studies have shown that humor can break down barriers, empower people, and instill hope. In other words, humor is disarming and provides a safe way for people to approach and understand divisive topics like climate change. Humor and satire capture attention… they are effective ways to make sure your message is heard.
The Funny Thing About Climate Change challenged students to use humor, positivity, irony, or other unconventional approaches that are not typically used in environmental communication to address the climate crisis.