COIN in the UK has put together a tool kit on how to frame a constructive conversation with center-right conservatives in Europe.
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE A LOOK
The key indicator of belief in climate change is still political affiliation. Combined with a lack of trust meaning that facts don’t change minds, this guide aims to break the deadlock.
Addressing climate change in Europe requires the majority of society to agree on the need to act. This consensus can’t be reached without conservatives.
Surveys in Europe find those with centre-right political beliefs are less concerned about climate change.
The eight core conservative values identified in the research were:
- Resistance to change/defence of the status quo
- Support for authority, hierarchy and acceptance of inequality
- Need for closure and certainty
- Focus on purity
- Loyalty to the in-group
- Sensitivity to negativity
- Enjoyment of life/contentment
The frames suggested for communicating with European conservatives are:
eg. Renewable energy is affordable and safe energy.
eg. A stable and foreseeable framework for long term investments
eg. Creating a level playing field for new technologies by removing fossil fuel subsidies
eg. Ideas that are actionable and seen as achievable
eg. European leadership paid off when Obama’s plan mirrored Euro action
Duty and responsibility
eg. Our moral duty to leave a better planet for our children
Health and life
eg. Talking about the dangers of pollution rather than ‘climate’
eg. The duty to protect God’s creation
eg. The freedom to choose where your energy comes from
Us (in-group framing)
eg. This is an issue that we with our values, skills, intelligence and experience can best solve
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