Copies can be ordered here - and you can read the first chapter for free here

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our book launch event in Oxford - a great evening of climate conversations! We were also delighted to present Talking Climate at the UK's literary Hay Festival in May 2017.

Talking climate: from research to practice in public engagement is both a definitive summary of the latest thinking on public engagement with climate change, and a statement of intent. Commissioned by the leading publisher Palgrave MacMillan, it showcases the Climate Outreach philosophy, and makes the case for a fresh approach to climate change communication, based on widespread participatory engagement.

The question of how to communicate about climate change and build public engagement in high-consuming, carbon-intensive Western nations, has occupied researchers, practitioners, policy makers, campaigners and community organisers for more than two decades - and is the central focus of our work at Climate Outreach.

During this time, and mirroring the glacial pace at which international political negotiations have progressed, limited progress has been made. Socially and culturally, climate change remains (for the most part) the preserve of a committed band of activists. The ‘carbon footprints’ of many Western countries - and the citizens of these nations - remain high. The public conversation about the energy system is mainly focused on the costs of household energy bills. Public engagement is stuck in second gear, which leaves climate policies vulnerable to changing political winds.

The purpose of our book is to outline how public engagement with climate change can shift out of second gear. The pieces of the puzzle already exist to make this happen - in academic research and practitioner expertise – but a coherent new agenda for public engagement is required to make these pieces fit together. The five principles outlined in this book offer a fresh approach to a familiar problem. By spanning the full width of the space between primary academic research and applied practitioner strategies, we hope the book will be relevant for academics, educators, campaigners, communicators and practitioners.

Copies can be ordered here

3 responses to “Book: Talking climate – from research to practice in public engagement

  1. Good morning. Your book, Don’t Even Think About, is excellent. I would like to call you about your new book, on a Zoom conference, if we could – sometime in mid to late October. I have written a book, Wonderlust, about my treks of the earth, camera in hand, and the lessons I learned. CBS did an 8 minute program,, Though the book is about how we care for our earth it is really about the decisions we make about our earth and how we make them. I am working on a PBS-planned documentary about where I live, Florida, that takes off from the book, and an interview about your insights would be wonderful. And although you won’t need it, could provide some publicity for your new work. I am also an 85-year old still active attorney who has formed a public interest law firm for the purpose of assisting Our Children’s Trust, Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

  2. And so true. Here, in Italy too, people got used to calling anything climate change as one says good morning! two words that became not-to-worry-much, just cope with as you can.
    Meanwhile, tiny, big or huge shops have their airconditioning machines consuming energy like dragons with plain open gates! Just to mention one of the tragic sins the consumerism ideology is perpetrating. In good company of (willing) unconscious masses. And not to mention water waste! ETC ETC…

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