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Survey: What does the UK need to communicate climate change successfully?

By Jamie Clarke on February 22, 2018

Climate Outreach have joined with academics and other NGOs to undertake a project to understand and evaluate existing expertise in the UK on communicating and engaging the public with climate change.

Protester talking to the public
The survey has now closed – we’ll share the results as soon as they are available.

The Climate Communication Project, which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council as part of their Engaging Environments call. A survey of the climate communication community forms part of this project and will allow us to understand how a range of specialists carry out their work, to share and promote best practice in the UK, and to point to areas where more investment and attention is needed.

We are interested to hear from people in the UK with knowledge and experience of communicating and engaging the public with climate change, including the communication of climate science, public engagement around climate or energy policy, the application of social science understanding, and creative approaches to engagement.

We are seeking the views of people working in research, for a charity, the public sector, in the arts, or elsewhere, in the UK. The survey contains questions about the type of work you do, your views on communicating and engaging the public with climate change (e.g. what is appropriate and what is effective), and asks about your experiences of different activities used to do so.

For more information and to complete the survey visit The Climate Communication Project Survey.

The survey should take around 20 minutes to complete, depending on the level of detail you provide. The deadline for responses is Friday 30th March 2018.

Thank you in advance for completing or circulating the survey

The CCP Team


One response to Survey: What does the UK need to communicate climate change successfully?

  1. Brigitte says: says:

    I was asked that question in 2008 when I was still enthusiastic about climate change communication. But even then I said that we can communicate until the cows come home and nothing will change unless (a) climate impacts are felt by almost every one (we are getting there) or (b) people are given the opportunity (affordances and all that) to do something in there everyday lives – for that you need political will; e.g. solar panels for free (but that might just make people think, ok, I have done it now – think of bike lanes in Copenhagen) or (3) carbon tax….

By Jamie Clarke

Jamie Clarke was Climate Outreach’s Executive Director for almost 10 years, from 2013 to 2022. Under his leadership, Climate Outreach grew into an internationally acclaimed organisation. As a values-based leader, he provided strategic direction with an empathetic management approach. He is a proven international speaker and considered writer who feels as comfortable addressing the UNFCCC as co-authoring books such as Talking Climate. In his studies as a social scientist, he focused on participatory processes at the nexus of societal and environmental issues. Undertaking extensive research in the Pantanal region of Brazil crystalised his understanding of centrality of effective citizen engagement in change processes.  

Passionate about widening engagement with climate change, he previously worked for advocacy organisations including Amnesty International UK and Practical Action. In these roles he saw how difficult it is for many people to connect with climate change narratives, and how this often underpins apathy and opposition. Determined to address this and the largely under-recognised role that the wider public has in tackling climate change, he previously led a successful youth climate outreach programme that targeted marginalised students studying vocational courses. Jamie lived for many years on a canal boat but now lives on terra firma in Oxford with his family and is rarely off a bicycle.

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