Emilie Baliozian is a youth climate activist and climate communications specialist on a mission to change the way we talk about climate change. Born in Paris and raised in Chicago, she received a multidisciplinary education in political science from Sciences Po Paris and in sustainable development from Columbia University in New York. Since then, she has worked in the vertical farming industry; served as communications mentor to the Zero Hour youth-led climate movement; helped build the first-ever museum dedicated to climate change in New York; and launched Climate Communicators: a communications platform that encourages constructive conversations about climate change and specializes in developing effective climate communication campaigns. It offers the public the necessary tools and strategies to have constructive and informed discussions about climate change and also offers consulting services for creating effective climate communication campaigns.
Climate Communicators is borne out of the necessity to change the climate conversation in three major ways: first, to break the ‘climate silence,’ our inability to talk about climate change out of fear, doubt, denial or misinformation. Second, to reframe the conversation by emphasizing positivity, action, and ambition rather than on bad news and negativity. Finally, to unlock more creative, unconventional ways of talking about climate change in addition to traditional media, political or academic pathways.
By working with clients such as cities, institutions, organizations, companies and individuals, Climate Communicators can help produce audience-specific messaging that builds ambition and translates into action. If people can talk about climate change with more ease and are faced with positive messaging tailored to them, they will see themselves as part of the solution and be empowered to act.
MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET
My motivation is simple: climate change is the challenge of my generation. As a young person, I am both the most vulnerable and best placed to fight it. I keep my motivation going by seeing climate change not as an insurmountable challenge, but as a series of distinct, manageable issues. More than a challenge, I also see it as an opportunity: to rethink our current systems and give way to a more just and equitable world. By opening my eyes to all of the emerging solutions, I have confidence that the climate challenge can be met.
Even having studied climate change in an academic setting, I have a difficult time thinking, reading and talking about it outside the classroom. Paradoxically, climate change is too easy to dismiss, because it is too vast a problem. It poses an existential threat to humanity; challenges our carbon-dependent lifestyles; and manifests in different ways, thus lending itself to multiple interpretations. Conversations with friends, family, and colleagues dominated by hopelessness and confusion led me to realize that we have a communications crisis on our hands. Before we can address climate change with pragmatism, we need to fix the way we communicate about it.