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Lisa Bennett
LISA BENNETT is a writer and communications strategist focused on what helps people rise to challenges great and small--with a particular focus on how insights into human nature help thought leaders and organizations better engage Americans, policymakers, and businesses in clean energy and other climate change solutions.

The coauthor of Ecoliterate, she is a former fellow at Harvard University's Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy and an Ashoka Changemakers thought leader. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Forbes, Harper's, Entrepreneur, Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Beast, Vox, Grist, More, and elsewhere.

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Entries by Lisa Bennett

Another Gay Marriage Victory, Another Lesson for Climate Action

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 2:26 PM

The United States Supreme Court ruled today that the right to same-sex marriage is guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.

Having spent 10 years writing about gay rights, and the past 10 years focused on climate change, I find that the tremendous success of the gay rights movement offers many lessons...

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3 Uncommon Ways to Maintain Your Real Focus

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 1:08 PM

2015-06-05-1433514790-4550924-AlmaArtePhotography.jpgPerfectly healthy young people have been taking themselves to doctors, worried that their forgetfulness is a sign of Alzheimer's, according to a report last month about doctors in Australia who are studying the phenomenon. But for most of us, growing forgetfulness is...

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Poll Shows We Need to Come Out on Climate Change

(74) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 7:08 PM

A new poll released this week by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication reveals that Americans rarely--very rarely--hear people they know talk about climate change and surprisingly few hear about it on a weekly basis in the news media.

Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D., Director of the Yale Project on Climate...

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On Beyonce, Putin and Breaking Through Our Growing Illusion of Powerlessness

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:34 PM

I was driving across the Bay Bridge into San Francisco recently with a colleague who said what so many of us have said in recent years, "It seems like the world is falling apart."

What seemed most threatening to him was the state of affairs in Russia  - - Putin, in...

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5 Things Parents Should Know About Climate Change

(10) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 12:29 PM

There is something about being a parent that makes us live very much in the moment and not think too much about the future -- let alone truly imagine what our children's lives will be like in 10, 20, 30 years down the road.

Yet these days, scientists and other...

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What Can a Mom Do When Climate Change Hits Home?

(10) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 6:48 PM

My youngest son lives for skiing. It is, I know, a rather privileged hobby to have, and we are not a particularly well-off family. But when I took him at the age of 4 to ski for the first time in California's Lake Tahoe, he showed me something that I'll...

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Will California's New Energy Proposal Make a Difference?

(4) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 5:00 PM


How do we know what will really make a difference in the fight against climate change?

As I reflected recently on Gov. Jerry Brown's bold new proposal -- that California run on 50 percent renewable energy within 15 years -- three responses occurred...

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3 Traps to Avoid When Speaking About the Environment

(6) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 7:30 PM

My 15-year-old son is a smart, responsible kid with a very strong sense of right and wrong. But he groans when I remind him to toss his empty can in the recycling, and he rolls his eyes when he hears people talk about climate change.

Given that I've spent much...

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Rays of Hope in California

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Once you discover yourself to be someone who cares deeply about global warming -- someone, for example, who might at least once or twice have woken in the night worried about what the woefully inadequate response to climate change might mean for your children or grandchildren -- you may also...

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Parents Coming Out on Climate Change

(5) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:41 PM

I used to think "I'm gay" were the hardest words I could say aloud. But that was 25 years ago, before I grew up, as it were, got married and had kids. More recently, the toughest truth I've had to come to terms with is, "I'm a Mom who is...

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How to Help Americans Care About Climate Change Now

(10) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 1:44 PM

(Yes, it has to do with baseball.)

For the past decade, I've been asking people -- young and old, rich and poor, highly educated and less so -- why they didn't seem to care about climate change. Or at least, why...

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Growing Public Will for Climate Action

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 7:27 PM

I've been thinking a lot lately about what makes something -- a book, a movement, an issue -- popular in America because of the great and urgent need to build public will for climate action.

Here's some of what I've come up with:

Leaving aside the obvious attractions of...

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Brown Is the New Green in California's Drought

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 7:29 PM

I was at a skate park in San Jose last week after my son pleaded with me to take him. As he and a friend put on their knee and elbow guards, I began to set myself up to work under an umbrella -- when a squirrel jumped onto the...

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California Climate Law to Save Lives, and Billions in Health Costs

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 3:25 PM

When I get in the car to take my son to school in the morning, I'm usually thinking about whether he has everything he needs and how close we will be to on time today.

I don't stop to think about how my driving impacts the environment, the economy --...

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But What Can I Do About Climate Change?

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:58 PM

The truth is that before I became a mom, I didn't think about the environment. Then one day, I realized that the future people were talking about in increasingly gloomy terms (because of climate change, among other issues) was my children's future.

I had a baby and a five-year-old...

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Climate Risks and Opportunities

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 6:53 PM

Do people really "wake up" to warnings as a result of other people telling them to? Does hearing about the threat of a catastrophic future inspire us to do something about it? For the most part, the answer appears to be no -- and that is why one of the...

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California's Eerie Ski Conditions

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 12:35 PM

I rode a bus to Lake Tahoe last weekend with about 40 kids from the Bay Area. My son, who'd been counting the days on a homemade calendar he kept under his pillow, was now counting the hours.

But about three hours in, a young girl asked: "Where is...

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Mothers out Front on Climate Change

(15) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Could Massachusetts become the first state in the nation to stop investing in fossil fuels and invest only in renewable energies -- as a result of pressure from mothers and grandmothers?

That's the goal of a newly formed group led by Kelsey Wirth, daughter of former senator Timothy E....

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One Mad Mama

(4) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 5:35 PM

Can we cut to the chase on climate change?

For nearly a decade, I've followed the news, the analysis, the debate -- and the nonsense that more often than not substitutes for it.

And, as a mom, I think it is high time we grow up.


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If You Cut a Cow in Half, Do You Get Two Cows?

(10) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 4:45 PM

With so many big issues to be decided in coming months -- Will President Obama's actions on climate change match his newly strong rhetoric? Will the Keystone pipeline be approved? Will Shell Oil be permitted to resume efforts to drill in the Arctic? -- I've been thinking of a recent...

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