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INTERVIEW: Paul Hawken on One Hundred Solutions to the Climate Crisis, available in YaleEnvironment360
In this post Diane Toomey, a public radio journalist, interviews the environmentalist, entrepreneur and journalist Paul Hawken, author of the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.
In general terms, an interview tends to make it easier for the reader to understand scientific concepts, in contrast to what an academic paper could be. In this article Toomey, the interviewer, asks simple questions, and makes sure that the interviewed understands what she means. Hawken, the interviewed, answers as clear as possible, explaining his book as he is asked.
Whenever Toomey or Hawken introduce an ‘unknown’ concept, or a scientific one, it appears underlined, in different color, and with a link to a serious and simple webpage that explains what it means (be it a United Nations webpage, or Hawken’s organization one). Used carefully, this resource is very valuable in order to explain certain technical concepts that the audience needs to know in order to understand what it is being discussed. However, an excess of this links would turn the article in something incomprehensible.
Another useful resource is to introduce quotes in different font number and color, in order to highlight the most important statements of the interview. Again, and excess of this resource would make everything seem ‘important’, and this tool would lose its value.
To summarize, using interviews tends to be a positive strategy while explaining concepts. Also, the use of hyperlinks and different fonts and colors helps to further explain technical concepts and highlight important aspects of the article.