Here is a link to the different types of humour and we can think about which of these can be useful in conveying climate change or other environmental issues. From memory, being ironic (using irony) wasn't mentioned.
I was wondering which environmental jokes can help serve the environmentalists cause. I think they need to be particularly clever in the way they arouse a sense of fun, and at the same time push home a green message, without poking a whole lot of fun at us greenies. (Okay a bit of poking fun is okay. Maybe us greenies have to get better at the dramatic arts, and build up thicker skins!) One thing that can be said about a green joke, is that, at least the green message isn't intended to be altogether depressing! To be fair, it's not easy to make a one-liner about the environment hysterically funny.
A while back I posted a link to Alan Carr's video when he makes a joke about a chicken being so free range, she might as well be out having a make-over.
Anyway, here's Ask Umbra's take on this topic, which is well worth a read: some definitely cute green jokes there. I'm not sure whether the jokes are just meant to be generally for our benefit or serve a behaviour change purpose, or both, but I don't think it matters very much.
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