Climate Outreach at COP28: unlocking progress through public engagement
Around the world we’re seeing a surge in concern about climate change.
People care, and they want to show up and be part of the solution. The countries and communities starting to make progress on climate have something in common: they put their citizens at the heart of what they’re doing. Involving, inspiring and informing people will unlock change and progress.
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What would the Earth say?
Three years ago, Sir David Attenborough stated that ‘saving our planet is now a communications challenge’. But have we risen to that challenge since? How far have we succeeded in explaining the issues, or perhaps more importantly, inspiring action around climate solutions? How best should we engage different audiences to ensure we drive their participation as politically active citizens and as considerate consumers. And how best can this cultural influence, accelerate the political process?
1 December, 15:00-16:00 GST / 11:00-12:00 GMT – UK Pavilion, Blue Zone
Led by Edelman
Climate misinformation and polarisation, let’s discuss solutions!
Misinformation, radicalisation and polarisation on social media as well as in political and media discourse is alarming. The phenomenon has been exacerbated by the pandemic and now affects all public policies and slows down climate action. What solutions and best practices can inspire us?
2 December, 12:30-13:30 GST / 8:30-9:30 GMT – Canadian Pavilion, Blue Zone
Led by Equiterre
Find out more here. This event will be first come first served and there will not be a livestream but a recording will be available post-COP28. There will be a livestreamed repeat 5 December (see below).
Public Participation and Climate Action
Climate Outreach will be exploring how we have championed the ACE (Action for Climate Empowerment) agenda through our work.
3 December, 17:00-18:00 GST / 13:00-14:00 GMT – Portugal Pavilion
Led by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and hosted by the Portuguese Ministry for Environment and Climate Action
Repeat session: Climate misinformation and polarisation, let’s discuss solutions!
We will be rerunning this session from 2 December in the Pavilion of Francophonie. Misinformation, radicalisation and polarisation on social media as well as in political and media discourse is alarming. What solutions and best practices can inspire us?
5 December, 14:45-15:45 GST / 10:45-11:45 GMT – Pavilion of Francophonie, Blue Zone
Led by Equiterre
Find out more here and register to join the event via Zoom.
Breathing for a Better Tomorrow: Engaging Health Professionals and Civil Society For Clean Air and Healthy Climate
Climate change and pollution that cause it harm human health, air pollution caused by fossil fuel combustion is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide. In this event, public health and medical experts, civil society members and parent groups will discuss and explore opportunities and strategies on air pollution and health, and discuss interventions that the civil society, public health & medical community make in fighting for clean air, a healthy climate and transitioning towards a sustainable fossil fuel free future.
6 December, 15:15-16:45 GST / 11:15-12:45 GMT – COP28 Health Pavilion, Blue Zone
Led by Amnesty International and Healthcare Without Harm
Connect China’s Youth Generation and Carbon Neutrality: A Research on Climate Communication And Value Segments
This conference will look at the endogenous connections between climate change and the Chinese public, join to hear about how climate change communicators engage the younger generation using different approaches, as explored by Tsinghua University’s population-wide study.
9 December, 11:00-11:45 GST / 8:00-8:45 GMT – COP28 Shared Presentations Stage 3, Blue Zone
Communities catalysing social & environmental change: Intersectional approaches to climate action
This event will explore how to foster scalable community-centred solutions for sustainable development and energy transition – particularly through public engagement, youth and local community-driven climate action, holistic capacity building, education and knowledge sharing at the intersection of social change and technological innovation.
9 December, 18:30-20:00 GST / 14:30-16:00 GMT – SE Room 4, Green Zone
In partnership with Commonwealth Human Ecology Council (CHEC) & Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Transition Youth (CSET Youth)
Climate Visuals at the COP28 Virtual Ocean Pavilion
22 November – 12 December, at this online link.
In partnership with Comms Inc.
This virtual pavilion is a free online platform dedicated to raising the visibility of the ocean; showcasing why the ocean matters in climate negotiations and to all life on our planet; and providing a communication platform for those unable to participate in COP28 in person. Our Ocean Visuals collection will be showcased there and we will soon confirm a specific day and time when one of our team will be available to answer viewers’ questions live.
COP28 media and podcasts
- With the backdrop of COP28, our CEO Rachael Orr speaks about the importance of framing and language around climate in this piece by Roger Harrabin in The Guardian.
Our deputy CEO Noora Firaq joins the Wilder Podcast on the episode: What is COP 28 and why should we care?
Climate Outreach reports for COP28
We’ve published several timely reports in the lead up to COP28, focusing on the global stocktake, public engagement success stories, and migration and climate change.
The global stocktake and public engagement
By Dr. Gurpreet Kaur
The global stocktake will be a key focus at GST – but what exactly is it, and importantly how does it relate to public engagement and why is that so critical?Read here
Something to talk about – success stories of public engagement to tackle climate change
By Alex Randall and Dr. Dina Zayed
This webpage explores Climate Outreach’s principles of effective public engagement and lays out a collection of case studies that show there are certain common strategies and approaches that underpin successful public engagement – regardless of differences in location and culture.Read here
Resilience on the move: Migration’s powerful role in creating climate resilience
By Alex Randall
The concept of migration as climate adaptation has emerged as a way of harnessing human movement as a conscious plan to adapt to worsening climate impacts. This briefing paper outlines policies and practices which would increase safety and enhance opportunities to use migration as a form of climate change adaptation.Read here
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