Conversations about climate change at the science-policy interface and in our lives have been stuck for some time. This handbook integrates lessons from the social sciences and humanities to more effectively make connections through issues, people, and things that everyday citizens care about. Readers will come away with an enhanced understanding that there is no 'silver bullet' to communications about climate change; instead, a 'silver buckshot' approach is needed, where strategies effectively reach different audiences in different contexts. This tactic can then significantly improve efforts that seek meaningful, substantive, and sustained responses to contemporary climate challenges.
This study examined how comedy can change the conversation about climate change. The researchers analyzed stand-up shows that focused on climate change — specifically, a video competition series at the University of Colorado called “Stand Up for Climate Change” — and tracked how the audience responded over the three years the series took place. The researchers concluded that climate comedy helps to make people more aware of climate change, brings an emotional element to the conversation, and highlights themes like problem solving and knowledge formation.
A conversations with Katherine Hayhoe about reframing climate conversations positively to inspire action and about how people's views on climate change are more nuanced than just believers or deniers. Most people don't outright reject climate science and risks, but have questions.
Video series produced by Rollie Williams, a comedian, video-editor and policy wonk, to educate and entertain — but mostly to get more people comfortable talking about climate change without feeling embarrassed or uninformed about it.
Through extensive message testing, Potential Energy has gathered significant data on what works and does not work when talking about climate. This document outlines the learnings and suggestions on how to better communicate the threat of climate change, encourage people to demand action, and inspire them by the progress we’re already making.
How do you talk about climat change with friends and family who don't believe it's real, or don’t think we can do anything about it? In this episode you will hear from a father and son who successfully navigated this conversation, and learn tips from an expert on how to have a conversation where both sides actually hear each other.
This episode looks into how the Eco Society wanted to gain support for an energy pledge in a small town in Canada, but couldn’t gain traction within the community. They resorted to sending volunteers door-to-door, to have personal conversations about climate solutions. To date, they’ve had over a thousand conversations and they’ve proven that a simple discussion can yield a lot of action.
A salon in Sydney is spearheading workshops for hairdressers on how to steer small talk about the weather into conversations about global heating
‘C4C’ facilitators are trained to run Climate Conversations in people’s homes, community organisations and online. These Conversations are part presentation, part facilitated discussion. During the training, you will learn about what makes a meaningful conversation and how to effectively talk about the problems and solutions with different audiences.
Learn about what makes a meaningful conversation and how to effectively talk about the problems and solutions with different audiences. We’ll introduce our theory of how we think change happens, and the reasons behind our Climate Conversation model/structure.