Global warming and climate change are no joking matter, but for Yoram Bauman, comedy is a way to help audiences understand climate change.

Bauman: “My usual approach to this is if you make people laugh for fifty minutes then you can talk to them about anything you want for five or ten minutes and they will forgive you. They may not agree with you, but they’ll be open to it.”

Bauman says comedy can open people’s minds to new ideas and innovative strategies. ‘Tax what you burn, not what you earn’ is one common thread in his routine. And he says this idea of replacing the income tax with a tax on the carbon produced by the burning of fossil fuels could gain support from many liberals and conservatives alike.

Bauman: “What I hope to accomplish is to open the door to a conversation. And really the ideas that I talk about are new ideas to a lot of people. Not just on the right side of the political spectrum but on the left side of the political spectrum as well. If that’s what I accomplish, and that’s what I hope to accomplish, then I think that’s a great start.”

Bauman says many people are not motivated to learn about global warming because it seems too big or overwhelming. But through humor, he finds that he can overcome these barriers and get people engaged.

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Bud Ward was editor of Yale Climate Connections from 2007-2022. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as assistant director of the U.S. Congress's National Commission...