I recently read some articles on environmental storytelling that connected with me. Here are my key takeaways from these articles that could be helpful for all of us.
The first article talks about how our environmental memory is only 2-8 years, meaning that many people tend only to consider climate changes that have happened recently. As storytellers, it's our job to help people think beyond their immediate experience and understand the bigger picture of our Earth's health.
One way to do this is to connect with local leaders at the forefront of protecting our environment through lawmaking. They can offer interesting wisdom into our societies' climate issues and give us a sense of direction and action.
Another key takeaway from this article is climate change's impact on children. Sharing their stories and experiences can be a powerful way to engage audiences and inspire action.
The second article I read discusses the power of storytelling in the environmental movement. One thing that struck me was what it would take for humans to have an "all in it together mentality" towards environmental change, similar to what we saw during the COVID pandemic.
This article also underlines the value of crafting inspiring stories of everyday people who take extra steps toward environmental stewardship. As storytellers, we must share these stories and inspire others to act.
Finally, this article discusses the different approaches that environmental professionals can take to storytelling. For example, a Field Biologist might focus on sharing their personal experiences with nature, while a nature conservationist might highlight the unique features of a particular ecosystem.
I also learned a lot of scientists don't value communication and storytelling. When they do, they focus on sharing facts and keep their journey hidden.
Overall, these articles remind us of the importance of storytelling in the environmental movement. By connecting with local leaders, sharing the stories of children and everyday people, and finding our unique storytelling approach, we can make a real difference in the fight for a healthier planet.
I hope you found these takeaways helpful and inspiring, and I look forward to hearing how you incorporate storytelling into your nonprofit communications.
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