Climate Outreach and the RSA are pleased to announce an innovative project aimed at shifting understanding and engagement with climate change. The project develops the idea that the climate change challenge is not only (or even mostly) about ‘saving the environment’ and all the clichéd ideas that come with it. Instead, it should be viewed as a multi-faceted challenge with seven main dimensions, all of which speak to a different aspect of human existence: science, technology, law, economy, democracy, culture and behaviour.

[box style=”2″]Climate change challenge is not only (or even mostly) about ‘saving the environment’[/box]

In practical terms the project will focus on creating a network of ‘unusual suspects’ from across the seven dimensions, and generate a series of high profile public events at the RSA throughout the autumn and winter to refashion what it means to talk and act constructively on climate change.

The core idea and planned activities build directly on many of Climate Outreach’s recent projects and the learnings from RSA’s Jonathan Rowson’s last climate report, ‘A New Agenda on Climate Change: Facing up to Stealth Denial and Winding Down on Fossil Fuels’. The report was funded by the Climate Change Collaboration, who have also extended their support to the ‘7 Dimensions’ collaboration between Climate Outreach and the RSA. You can read Jonathan’s latest thoughts on climate change here.

[box style=”2″]The project will focus on creating a network of ‘unusual suspects’ [/box]

So what are the challenges involved in confronting climate change in seven dimensions? If we can create a new social contract between science and society,confront the pervasiveness of stealth denial, work for deep decarbonisation at scale, break climate silence, devise effective constraints on extraction, invest in the future and escape from the governance trap between the public and politicians, then we might really be getting somewhere on climate change. Nobody said it was going to be easy…

One response to “Beyond the usual suspects: moving climate change from scientific to social reality

  1. I would like to talk to someone about sharing our data gathered in the British Values Survey. Please see our site. Please contact me by email to set up a telephone conversation or to arrange a meeting. I have just finished reading “Don’t even think about it” and was very impressed by it. Our research and use of it with organizations like Greenpeace International agrees wholeheartedly with the books conclusions.

    I am a Fellow of the RSA so that might be convenient place to meet?

    Pat Dade

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