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  1. #1 Should we laugh about climate change? 
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    I wonder how many people think that humour could be useful for discussing climate change. Or is it "bad taste" to make jokes about rising sea levels, floods, droughts, fires, storms?

    I would never make a joke about real events (I think). 100+ people dying in a bushfire in Australia, 20000+ people dying during a fortnight's heatwave in Europe, war in Syria erupting after 4 years of drought. None of these things is remotely funny - whether it's in themselves or as examples of what can happen. But I do think it's pretty easy to make jokes about clean versus dirty power being desirable/ unwanted, about climate science sense versus nonsense. Someone cleverer than me at this sort of thing can then lead into jokes about glaciers disappearing or cornfields frying/ drowning in heat/drought/flood or nuclear and coal power stations having to be turned off during heatwaves or droughts because the cooling water is no longer cool or no longer there (so everybody gets hotter).

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    I rather like this other idea of the clever/ silly/ predictable quips alongside news items though. ApocaDocs: Humoring the Horror of Environmental Collapse

    "I'll see your El Nino and raise you a derecho and a deluge." is silly but a good way to soften the blow of reading yet another report of the possibility of a huge jump in atmospheric temperatures in one year - while also gently reminding us that a big El Nino is not the only thing to worry about with our accustomed climate being disrupted. I sometimes skip reading all of the climate items in ScienceDaily or The Guardian just because I don't want to know any more just for the moment. Though I confess to a morbid fascination with the decline in Arctic sea ice, and the melting Greenland ice sheet, which seems not to distress me much. (That might be because the betting pool on predicting each year's minimum keeps the attention on how likely certain results are rather than what loss of the ice will mean - esp for the Northern Hemisphere climate.)


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    Mixed feelings about this. While I generally don't like the idea of making fun of serious things, my own wife absolutely refuses to listen to any more bad news about climate change even as she gleefully chides me to forgetting to recycle my beer bottles, or use the cloth shopping bags she keeps in the back of her compact car (I drive a 4x4 pickup for any excuse of a dirt road that needs traversing).

    As a way to make fun of deniers, well I'm all for that :-)


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    Since the question of a race against time comes into this we have to be wary that forced humour can be counter productive.
    In an ideal world as the problem becomes apparent then measures are taken to remedy the situation.

    However there are factions in power that are (for good reasons and bad) unconvinced and ready to employ good means and bad to achieve their ends.

    Humour as propaganda could be a gift on a plate to these people (who can also employ their own humour as propaganda of course) aside from the reasons of common decency in the aftermath of some natural disaster.

    I am not against this idea even if I cannot gauge whether on balance it is helpful or not but in any case jokes about climate change are going to happen anyway as the situation is about as tragi- comic as you could wish for.
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    Humour can be a great educational tool.
    Consider that the people have to understand enough about what is going on to get the joke to start with and then remember the joke itself acts as an anchor to keep the information in their minds.
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    The Republican party already do :/
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    Climate change is not very funny.
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    Destroy the equilibrium of the biosphere that makes life possible.
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