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Climate Week: Green comms need to reach those not interested in “doing their bit” too

Thursday, March 24th, 2011 | Our Philosophy | No Comments

This week is Climate Week, aimed at people “wanting to do their bit to help combat climate change.” At Global Cool we aim to reach people who are not interested in “doing their bit”. That’s why we’ve launched a paper and a TEDx video (below) this week.

The group of people who are untouched by events like Climate Week are in the majority – so although climate change no longer has an awareness problem, it does have a marketing problem. If we’re to make the necessary cuts in emissions, we need everybody to take up low-carbon lifestyles, not just those who want to “do their bit”.

Remember that old adage “if what you’re doing isn’t working, you’d better do something else”? Well, for two years now, Global Cool has been doing something else – ‘selling’ low-carbon behaviours by focusing on the benefits to the individual.

Global Cool’s new paper – Selling Green Lifestyles: Results from Two Years’ Innovation – discusses the theory underlying our approach, the results of our campaigns (which we’re meticulous about measuring) and the key learnings. It’s not an arduous read: only six pages, and that includes a load of pictures & graphs.

The video is Global Cool’s Executive Director Caroline Fiennes presenting this approach recently at TEDx – learning lessons from iPhones, Kindles, scooters, dental care and jokes.

We’re sharing this material with you – our peers and partners – in the hope that it is helpful for you, so please do forward it around liberally. We would love your thoughts and reactions.

To view the white paper, please click here

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TED video: Global Cool’s Caroline Fiennes speaking on climate change at TEDx Warwick

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 | Our Philosophy | No Comments

Global Cool’s Executive Director Caroline Fiennes spoke about our approach to tackling climate change at TEDx Warwick recently.

The talk focused on Global Cool‘s core principle: the need to sell low-carbon behaviours by focusing on the benefit to the individual – a message that seems particularly apt during Climate Week, which is aimed at people “wanting to do their bit to help climate change”.

Global Cool’s work reaches those who have no interest in “doing their bit”, who happen to be in the majority. If we’re to make the necessary cuts to emissions then it is vital that we engage these people. That’s why we take our lead from the way commercial products like iPhones and Kindles are promoted to consumers when we design Global Cool’s campaigns to promote green lifestyle choices.

You can watch Caroline Fiennes’ TEDx Warwick talk in full here…

If you have any opinions on this video or on any aspect of Global Cool’s approach to tackling climate change we’d love to read your views in the comment box below…

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