Past Events

Big Local Connects - London, 29-30 June 2018

George Marshall spoke to an engaged audience at Big Local Connects, an opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1m each to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities.

Photo credit: Adam Smith/Local Trust

 

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CharityComms Psychology of Communications conference - London (UK), 28 June 2018

Many of us choose images every day to accompany our campaigns, reports, blogposts, news articles etc - but what evidence do we base these decisions on? Poorly chosen images can at best be ineffective, and at worst counterproductive.

Our Head of Communications Leane de Laigue joined other presenters at the Psychology of Communications conference to share insights from our Climate Visuals project on how to achieve deeper impact with climate imagery.

 

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Climate Visuals Masterclass: Time for a new visual language for climate change? - Toronto (Canada), 27 June 2018

This Climate Visuals masterclass, designed for climate communicators, journalists, researchers and photographers wanting to tell better visual stories of climate change, took place in Toronto at the Centre for Social Innovation. Lead by Dr Adam Corner, it also included insights from guest speakers Robert van Waarden and Danielle Da Silva.

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Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training - Berlin (Germany), 26 June 2018

Al Gore's Climate Reality Project held a three day training in Berlin to train over 700 climate leaders.

Our Executive Director Jamie Clarke presented our Climate Visuals project in a plenary session on 26 June, following Al Gore's presentation.

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Climate Visuals Webinar — Campaign Videos: From images to film - May 30 2018, 4-5pm BST

This Climate Visuals webinar explored what works - and what doesn’t - in campaign videos on climate change. Are lessons being learned from mistakes of the past? What examples are there of work getting beyond the cliches and telling powerful human stories?

The webinar featured Liz Banse (Vice President of Resource Media) and Bienvenido León Anguiano (Associate Professor of Television Production and Science Journalism School of Communication, University of Navarra, Spain) and was chaired by Adam Corner (Climate Outreach)

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Innovate4Climate: How to Effectively Communicate Carbon Pricing - Frankfurt, 22 May 2018

During the Innovate4Climate conference, George Marshall and Darragh Conway gave a workshop presenting key principles for effective public engagement on carbon pricing. Drawing on case studies, it identified some of the main obstacles faced by communicators, including the resource and structural challenges within institutions, and the likely sources of public opposition.

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ESRC Seminar Series CASCADE-NET: Civil Agency, Society and Climate Adaptation to Weather Extremes - Bristol (UK), 16 May 2018

This one day workshop explored the interface between science communication, the arts and community resilience in the context of climate change and extreme weather.

Speakers included Dr Adam Corner as well as Alison Tickell (Julie’s Bicycle), Sam Illingworth (Manchester Metropolitan University), Stuart Capstick (Cardiff University), Luci Gorell Barnes (Artist) Lyndsey Bakewell (Loughborough University) and Corra Boushel (UWE).

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UNFCCC 6th Action for Climate Empowerment Dialogue - Bonn (Germany), 8-9 May 2018

The objective of this UNFCCC meeting was for stakeholders to share their experiences, good practices and lessons learned and to exchange ideas regarding the implementation of ACE (Action for Climate Empowerment), as well as looking at how stakeholders are promoting the integration of gender considerations.

Our Executive Director Jamie Clarke presented on 8 May.

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Masterclass: Communicating Climate Change with People of Faith - Oxford (UK), 24 April 2018

Faith shapes the values and behaviour of billions of people and there is a need for climate communicators - both within and outside faith communities - to better understand how to engage these audiences.

This half day Masterclass facilitated by George Marshall was designed for anyone whose work involves engaging people of faith on climate change, or who wanted to explore how they can incorporate this into their work.

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Training Better Leaders, Oxford University, Environmental Change Institute - Oxford (UK), 16 April 2018

The "Training Better Leaders" course was a 3-day course for Oxford University students aimed at improving sustainability literacy and skills for young professionals.
Our Head of Communications Leane de Laigue delivered a one hour workshop focused on our Climate Visuals project.
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Forum for the Future "Energy Drinks" - London (UK), 16 April 2018

A key to unlocking the radical innovation we need in the energy sector is to build a compelling and positive narrative for the transition, one that gives us all a sense of belonging to a future that could be very different.
At this event hosted by Forum for the Future, Jamie Clarke and Peter Chalkley (ECIU) dove into the power of getting the narrative right, and telling the story at the right time and the right place.
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Climate Action Retreat for under 30s - St Gilgen (Austria), 12-16 April 2018

This retreat was designed for people aged 18 - 29 who are interested in learning more about how to communicate about climate change in a creative, stimulating, and exciting manner.

This was part of the CliMates project and our Senior Researcher Dr Chris Shaw delivered a workshop on the role of values in climate communication, inviting participants to reflect on their own experiences.

Climate Visuals Masterclass: Time for a new visual language for climate change? Amsterdam, 12 April 2018

This masterclass delivered by Dr Adam Corner was designed for communications professionals, journalists and photographers wanting to tell new visual stories about climate change, as well as researchers who focus on public engagement with climate change.
Watch this 4 minute video to hear from participants who attended our recent Climate Visuals Masterclass in London.
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International Symposium on Climate change and museums - Manchester (UK), 12 April 2018

In a 30 minute plenary session, George Marshall outlined key recommendations for how museums can reach new audiences and overcome polarisation through narratives of shared values.

This built on a guide - produced in partnership with a diverse group of UK heritage practitioners - on how museums can better engage the general public with climate change.

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Campaigning Forum - Oxford, 11 April 2018

The theme for Campaigning Forum 2018 was "Campaigning against the Current" - how to get better at engaging those not already converted to our causes.

Our Head of Communications Léane de Laigue gave the plenary speech on 11 April. She shared how Climate Outreach is Reaching beyond the choirin particular through our work with centre-right audiences and our Climate Visuals project.

Webinar: Breaking the Silence - Talking about Climate Change with People of Faith, 3 April 2018

Globethic's free 36 week webcast series Sustainability, Ethics and Action: What Can We Do?, featuring 56 speakers from the Vatican, NGOs, business, government and academia related to environment and sustainability.

George Marshall presented a webinar as a guest speaker in this series, entitled 'Breaking the Silence: Talking about Climate Change with People of Faith'.

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Schumacher course: Changing the Frame - The Science and Art of Communicating for Transition - Totnes (UK), 27 March 2018

This 3 week course offered by Schumacher College was designed for socially engaged writers, artists and campaigners wishing to better understand and explore the science of more effective communication about environmental issues. There were 10 presenters including George Marshall who presented on 27 March.

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Alberta Narratives Project - Calgary (Canada), 7-8 March 2018

The goal of the Alberta Narratives Project was to uncover the language and narratives that reflect the shared values and identities of Albertans and to find ways of talking about Alberta's energy future that can build bridges to conversation. This formed part of our Global Narratives project which invests in the skills and capacity of national level organisations. Participants were required to attend 2 two-day workshops and to deliver their own narrative workshops.

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Sustainability West Midlands - Coventry (UK), 8 March 2018

This event organised by Sustainability West Midlands & Public Health England looked at the psychology of sustainability and how individuals can change their behaviour to live more sustainably. Looking at what this means and how approaches introduced by behaviour change experts can be applied in practice within the public health sector.

Speakers included our Executive Director Jamie Clarke, Global Action Plan, Integral View, Solihull Council and Collaborative Change.

The National Housing Federation - London, 6 March 2018

Jamie Clarke delivered a keynote speech, together with Ed Fitzhugh of The Behavioural Insights Team, titled "How to break out of the echo chamber." The session explored what communicators can learn from behavioural insights and how to engage and influence audiences across the political spectrum.

Faith Encounters Climate - Calgary (Canada), 6 March 2018

George Marshall and Katharine Hayhoe discussed climate change with members of Calgary's faith community considerng how we talk about climate change in Alberta? How does faith call on us to rise up to the climate challenge? How can our faith values ground and guide us?

Calgary Climate Symposium - Calgary (Canada), 6 March 2018

George Marshall and Katharine Hayhoe drew on their work in Alberta to explore what truly engages us as human beings, why values are more effective than graphs, and why we all need to get talking, and keep talking, about climate change.

Change for Climate EPCOR - Edmonton (Calgary), 5 March 2018

George Marshall and Katharine Hayhoe discussed how climate change will impact cities and how we can build bridges to better climate conversations.  This was part of a free public event offering more than 20 presentations, performances and films on the current state of climate science.  

Webinar - Principles for effective public engagement on climate change: a Handbook for the IPCC - 5 February 2018, 3-4 GMT

In this webinar, the Handbook’s lead author Dr Adam Corner (Research Director, Climate Outreach) presents key insight from the Handbook, following an introduction by Dr Roz Pidcock (Head of Communication, IPCC WG1).

Download the IPCC handbook here.

Webinar: Growing Green; SME perspectives on sustainable growth in a low carbon economy - 17 January 2018, 1-2pm GMT

This webinar was an opportunity to hear about - and discuss the implications of - the results from the Growing Green pilot project.

The primary aim of the project is to help SMEs (small and medium entreprises) and intermediaries gain a better understanding of sustainable growth and its implications for their businesses.

It combines leading-edge research on SME growth processes and environmental behaviours with practitioner expertise in SME engagement and climate change communication.  

Webinar: How to Find out What Your Faith Group Thinks about Sustainable Lifestyles - 11 January, 4pm GMT

With our partner Greenfaith, we are currently designing a programme to encourage people of faith to adopt more environmentally sustainable lifestyles. We will be running Narrative Workshops to find out what people think and test different approaches and language, and are inviting faith group leaders to contribute to our research by running a discussion in their own group.

This webinar focused on the method and process for running a Narrative Workshop. We are asking faith leaders to organise a 2 hour discussion with 5-10 people. During the webinar, we talked through how to lead the discussion using a script that will be prepared for you, and how to feed in the findings from the wider international discussion

8th International Forum on Food and Nutrition - Milan, 5 December 2017

The forum aimed to identify the pathway towards concrete solutions to the environmental, health and socio-economic challenges affecting the current food system. The eighth edition focused on food security, climate change and migrations, sustainable food systems at the country and city level and the reform of the agricultural policy in Europe. Our Climate and Migration programme manager Alex Randall contributed to a panel on climate change, food security and migrations.

Communicating Climate Change in your Community: a Masterclass - Manchester, 22 November 2017

This workshop was designed for anyone engaging directly with the wider public on climate change, especially as a grassroots community level. George Marshall ran this interactive workshop in which participants explored and understood the key components of effective communications and the complex ways that people make sense of climate change. They considered questions such as ow can we make the solutions to climate change feel positive and empowering? And, especially, how can we reach beyond the limited core audience of dedicated environmentalists to the wider and sometimes sceptical population?

Talking Climate with Katharine Hayhoe & George Marshall - Oxford, 15 November 2017

Katharine Hayhoe, award-winning climate scientist and Christian based in Texas joined George Marshall to talk about what we can learn about climate change beyond the green bubble.

During this well attended event they discussed how we can use community values to get people on board with climate change, why social science is more effective than statistics, graphs and facts in engaging people, and why we all need to get talking, and keep talking, about climate change.

For a glimpse of the talk check out the Storify here or watch the full event here

Cologne Climate Rescue - Cologne, 13 November 2017

George Marshall spoke on a panel organised by Cologne Climate Rescue about how to engage broader audiences to take action on climate change. Coinciding with COP23 in Bonn, the event was followed by an open discussion on the psychological aspects of responding to climate change.

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Significantus: a keyboard conversation about climate change - Cardiff, 10 November 2017

Significantus is a piano and spoken word project created by pianist and composer Lola Perrin. For the Cardiff event, Lola performed with guest speakers including our research director Dr Adam Corner and Dr Stuart Capstick (School of Psychology, Cardiff University). As specialists in the psychology of climate change, Adam and Stuart asked how we can best confront this complex topic, in ways that inspire us as individuals and help bring about a more sustainable future. A conversation with the audience followed, creating an opportunity for audience members to talk with each other about what they'd just heard.

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COP23 Multi-Faith Compassionate Simplicity Convening - Bonn, 9 November

The Multifaith Sustainable Living Initiative was launched at COP23. The full day event included a description of the initiative’s strategy and theory of change, inputs from experienced practitioners, stories by participants from diverse traditions and locations, frank conversation about the emotional and spiritual challenges and opportunities involved in fostering sustainable lifestyles, and in-depth discussion and reflection on how best to empower people to make and keep sustainable living commitments. You can listen to George Marshall speak at 1:46:50 about the opportunities and challenges for communicating climate change with people of faith.

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) - Amsterdam, Netherlands, 18 October 2017

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is a week long event focused on electronic music, consisting of conferences (day) and festivals (night). George Marshall shared key insights from research and practical experience across the performing arts to demonstrate how to better engage and mobilise people around climate change - especially new audiences.

Check out George in Clubbing TV's programme 'Humanitarian, Climate Change & Dance music at the Amsterdam Dance Event' where they discussed 'How can the dance music scene engage people about sustainability, innovation and social change?'

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Is Donald Trump good for climate change? - New Brunswick, Canada, 3 October 2017

In this entertaining and thought-provoking talk, George shared tips on how to talk about climate change with people who disagree with us. He  also explored the dynamics behind climate denialism and situated his research and popular book (Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change) in the context of current US climate denialism under President Donald Trump.

ClimaCon 2017 - Ottawa Canada, 29 September 2017

Climate Action Network - Réseau action climat Canada held their second annual ClimaCon 27-29 September. At this event members from across the Canadian climate movement came together to learn, share stories, build relationships, and have fun. George Marshall delivered the closing keynote on Friday 29 September

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Pembina Institute Alberta Climate Summit - Calgary Canada, 28 September 2017

The Alberta Climate Summit brought together thought leaders from industry, government, environmental NGOs, and community stakeholders to learn from success stories, identify opportunities and challenges, and explore solutions related to Alberta’s clean energy future. George Marshall delivered a keynote speech entitled "Mind the gap: how we can talk with people who disagree with us.".

Climate Visuals Masterclass: Time for a new visual language for climate change? - Salzburg, 27th September 2017

In the second in a series of international ‘Masterclasses’, we presented our new flagship project - Climate Visuals - that will equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to catalyse a new visual language for climate change.

The Climate Visuals masterclass took place at the University of Salzburg, in conjunction with the K3 conference. Facilitated by Adam Corner (Research Director, Climate Outreach), the full-day event included perspectives and insights from leading experts in climate photography, campaigning, visual reporting and communication.

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How to Communicate Climate Change Effectively and Engage New Audiences in Alberta - Calgary, Canada, 27 September 2017

George Marshall led this training designed for communicators, environmental educators and activists focused on climate outreach. It included Albertans from a wide range of sectors and subject areas.

Participants received an overview of what works in climate outreach and became mindful of the language and approaches to avoid, particularly with special audiences like youth and the unengaged. They received practical advice on how to design and test climate language on a limited budget. They explored narratives that can speak across our current political polarization towards a shared sense of Alberta identity. The primary focus, simply put, was “how can we have effective climate conversations with someone different than ourselves?”

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How to Communicate Climate Change Effectively and Engage New Audiences in Alberta - Edmonton, Canada, 25 September 2017

George Marshall led this training designed for communicators, environmental educators and activists focused on climate outreach. It included Albertans from a wide range of sectors and subject areas.

Participants received an overview of what works in climate outreach and became mindful of the language and approaches to avoid, particularly with special audiences like youth and the unengaged. They received practical advice on how to design and test climate language on a limited budget. They explored narratives that can speak across our current political polarization towards a shared sense of Alberta identity. The primary focus, simply put, was “how can we have effective climate conversations with someone different than ourselves?”

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Future Energy Forum Expo 2017 - Astana, Kazakhstan, 4-5 September 2017

At this conference which concluded the Astana EXPO-2017 Future Energy Forum, George Marshall contributed to a panel discussion on communicating climate change in a complex world along with Prof. Chris Rapley and Sir David King on 4 September, as well as delivering a climate communications workshop on 5 September.

Climate Visuals Masterclass: Time for a new visual language for climate change? - London, 4 September 2017

The inaugural Climate Visuals masterclass was hosted in London by our partners, the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Led by Adam Corner (Research Director, Climate Outreach), the full-day event included perspectives and insights from leading experts in climate photography, campaigning, visual reporting and communication. Participants included journalists, campaigners, photographers and researchers interested in catalysing a new visual language for climate change. A recording of some of the talks will be available soon.

Webinar: Climate change - how can the heritage/museum sector engage the mainstream public? - 25 July 2017

This interactive webinar hosted by Sara Penrhyn Jones from Bath Spa University brought George Marshall's expertise on climate communication very specifically to the heritage/museum sector to consider how can we use our resources and skills to play a useful, educational role on climate change. Most importantly, George discussed what kind of climate narratives are proven to be compelling and effective. This involved some radical rethinking of old assumptions, as we considered, more consciously, the kind of language and strategies that we use.

Webinar - The people side of climate: Communicating to drive change July 25, 2017

Adam Corner spoke at this webinar hosted by the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, which discussed techniques on how to engage, listen to, and work with people and organisations from across our global society. This included learning how to communicate climate change in ways that are inclusive and people-focused, appealing to common values and goals to unite us in a shared mission. View the webinar recording here
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'Growing Green' workshop for SMEs - Oxford, 3 July 2017

This free workshop gave SME owners and managers the opportunity to explore ideas about sustainable growth and the practical implications for their own businesses. Participants were encouraged to look beyond the typical 3-5 year business plan horizon and consider how they might reshape their businesses to deal with upcoming challenges, including climate change, resource constraints, tax and regulation.

Conference on Communication and Environment - University of Leicester, 29 June to 2 July, 2017

Our Research Director Dr. Adam Corner delivered a keynote speech on 2 July at the Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE 2017), which was hosted by the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. On 1 July he also participated in the Panel Discussion: "Building Academic Research Partnerships with NGO’s: Challenges and Opportunities."

Psychology of communications CharityComms conference - London, 29 June 2017

We ran one of the sessions of this day-long conference, focusing on how to break out of the echo chamber and engage centre-right audiences. Many campaigners and communicators consistently state that they struggle to have conversations with people of centre-right values. Our session offered key transferable recommendations for language to use and avoid based on core values and principles that centre-right audiences hold dear, using the example of climate change.

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Deauville Green Awards - Deauville (France), 27-28 June 2017

This international film festival featured screenings of 100 movies and shorts, Q&As with film directors, workshops facilitated by people working in sustainability and film, and an awards ceremony. Leane de Laigue presented our Climate Visuals project, sharing key principles of our research and exploring how they might be translated from photography to film.

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Webinar: Global Narratives of climate change - approach & pilot project in India - 20 June 2017

George Marshall, Director of Projects at Climate Outreach, and Shailendra Yashwant, Senior Advisor at Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), presented an overview of the Global Narratives project as well as key findings and insight from the pilot project in India. These include the reasons why we need to find national narratives and where to look for them, what works and what doesn’t work, and how this pilot project can be applied to other countries.

Asthall’s Grand Day Out - Asthall Manor, 17 June 2017

Asthall Manor, famous for its exuberant gardens (as well as being the former home of the Mitford sisters) opened its gates on 17 June for a unique ‘Grand Day Out’ in aid (among others) of Climate Outreach! Top ethical design and fashion talent rubbed shoulders with earth conscious foodies and ground breaking charities to eat, be educated and be inspired!

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Oxford Green Week - Oxford, 9 June 2017

The Oxford University Church and the Vaults & Garden Cafe presented an evening of Food, Film and Discussion. The event included a discussion and Q&A on inspiring collective action on climate change with Alastair Fothergill (of Planet Earth fame) and our Executive Director Jamie Clarke.

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Basque Centre for Climate Change Klimagune (BC3) - Bilbao (Spain), 31 May 2017

The focus of this year's annual BC3 Klimagune meeting was climate change and public engagement.  The intent of the forum was to undertake a constructive dialogue to support integration of scientific knowledge, management and social participation in fighting climate change, overcoming disciplinary barriers and building a common vision. Our Executive Director Jamie Clarke was one of two keynote speakers, sharing our expertise in values-based communication of climate change. Read about the conclusions of the Klimagune Workshop here.

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The Hay Festival - Hay-on-Wye, 25 May 2017

It was very exciting to share our new book at the UK's most famous literary festival. George Marshall presented 'Talking Climate: from research to practice in public engagement' by our colleagues Adam Corner and Jamie Clarke.

Masterclass: Understanding Climate Change and Migration - London, 23 May 2017

The conflict in Syria and the refugee situation in Europe has left many asking about the connections between climate change and migration. A great deal of media attention and speculation has focused on how climate change might alter migration in the future, and what this means for people, governments and civil society.

Led by Alex Randall, programme leader at the Climate and Migration Coalition and Climate Outreach, this masterclass offered the chance to engage with this topic in depth and explore one of the most controversial and complex issues facing society. It provided participants with a firm grounding in the latest evidence and policy on these issues.

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Kubic Music Soulclash - London, 17 May 2017

This event organised by Kubic Music was the first in a series of nights celebrating the power of music, art, film - and conversation! - in activism. George Marshall, our Director of Projects, delivered a short talk and Q&A on climate change communication, and Kubic Music generously donated proceeds to Climate Outreach.

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Lawyers Against Poverty; Focus on Climate Change - Oxford, 11 May 2017

Climate change and disasters could re-shape patterns of migration and displacement. But where does this leave the rights of people forced to move?

Our Climate Change and Migration programme manager Alex Randall and The Right Hon Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill, Justice of the Supreme Court, led a discussion around these complex issues.

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Film Screening & Panel discussion - Oxford, 9 May 2017

The documentary "How to Let Go of the World and Love All Things Climate Can’t Change" acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences of climate change but asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? The film launched the programme of activities for Oxford Green Week. The screening has been followed by a panel discussion with Peter Lefort (Eden Project); Dot Tiwari (Abundance Oxford); Jenny Carr (Oxford Green Week); and Jamie Clarke (Climate Outreach).

National Science Communication conference - The Hague (Netherlands), 10 April 2017

The theme of this year’s conference was impact - science communication with and for society. George Marshall delivered a presentation entitled "Values and identity- the underlying science of climate change communications" in which he challenged existing assumptions about science communication and, with international examples, suggested new ways to present scientific information. Listen to his presentation here.

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Climateurope Festival - Valencia, 6 April 2017

The Climateurope Festival 2017 offered a varied 2½ day programme of lectures, discussions, networking and performances to explore the state-of-the-art of climate information, and its uses and value in decision-making at both the European and national levels.

Our Head of Communications Léane de Laigue presented our Climate Visuals project on Friday 7 April and shared key insight about how to tell more effective and powerful visual stories about climate change.

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Energise Festival - Manchester, 31 March - 2 April 2017

The Energise Festival, put on by Carbon Co-op, was an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate low carbon, diverse and just communities around music, food, talks, workshops, poetry, family friendly activities and more. 

Our Director of Projects George Marshall delivered a workshop as well as joined a panel of speakers for a discussion on "New populism - learning to talk with people we disagree with".

Film Festival: "Gimme Shelter - Climate Change, Migration and the Refugee Crisis" - Newcastle, 16-19 March 2017

In collaboration with Tyneside Cinema, we helped put on the world's first film festival dedicated to climate-linked migration. The 4-day event explored the topic through a series of films, workshops and art works and considered these important questions: Who will be affected and when? What are the experiences of people forced to move? Who, ultimately, is responsible and what should be done? 
 
Our Climate & Migration programme manager Alex Randall helped put together the programme and ran several events during the festival. Our Executive Director Jamie Clarke joined Lord David Puttnam - whose films have won 10 Oscars - in a thought-provoking and inspiring Q&A session.

 

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Launch event: European Perceptions of Climate Change results - London, 8 March 2017

It was the presentation of the much anticipated results of a major European survey of climate change and energy beliefs in Great Britain, Germany, France and Norway. This two year project was led by Cardiff University, with an inter-disciplinary project team including Climate Outreach. It was funded by the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI).

Adam Corner of Climate Outreach led a workshop in the afternoon to explore the implications of the findings for future efforts to engage European publics with climate change.

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TEDxEastEnd - London, 25 February 2017

Following a previous talk at TEDxWWF, George Marshall delivered a presentation at TEDxEastEnd on climate change communication. The working title for his talk is "I’ve learned the most about climate change from the people who deny it exists"!

 

 

World Symposium on Climate Change Communication - Manchester, 22-24 February 2017

This symposium was a interdisciplinary event, mobilising scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change communication across the world. 

Our Senior Researcher Dr Chris Shaw spoke at the closing event - he used the opportunity to summarise the main themes that have emerged across the two days of the conference, and explained how the work and expertise of Climate Outreach is central to the application of the findings emerging from the social sciences.

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Lush Summit - London, 8-9 February 2017

The Lush Summit was a free event bringing together charities, speakers and grassroots organisations from around the world to discuss their work and next steps forward. There was a dedicated "Climate & Energy" room in which two of our team  spoke.

George Marshall delivered talk on the main stage as well as a workshop about how to end climate silence, and Alex Randall spoke about migration and climate change.

Webinar: Carbon Pricing Narratives in New Brunswick, Canada - 27 January 2017

Can we talk about carbon pricing in ways that keep the door open to dialogue and increase understanding of and/or support for carbon pricing? Research over the last two years, including most recently in Canada, shows that it is possible to find frames and narratives that resonate with both the centre-left and centre-right.

This webinar was hosted by Dr. Louise Comeau, Honorary Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick, and George Marshall. They focused on New Brunswick but spoke to comparisons with the rest of Canada, in particular Ontario.

Conference: Medact - Healthy Planet, Better World - Bringing the Health community together to address our global ecological crisis. London, 9-10 December 2016

Human health is dependent on a healthy environment. The health community has both a mandate and a vested interest in calling for the social, political and economic actions required to drive through the necessary transformative changes in society. 

Dr Chris Shaw and Alex Randall were speaking at the conference. Alex Randall focused on the relationship between conflict, migration and the environment in a session entitled "Conflict & Displacement", and Dr. Chris Shaw explored better ways of communicating climate change in a session entitled "Climate Conversations: Key principles for communication & the role of medical professionals in public engagement."

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Literary Festival: Will Mumbai Drown? Why we ignore climate change. Mumbai, 3 December 2016

George Marshall was on assignment in India and during his time there, spoke at the Times LitFest with environmental journalist Darryl D'Monte about why we ignore climate change.

He was sharing key insight from his work at Climate Outreach and his book "Don't even think about it - why our brains are wired to ignore climate change". 

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Oxford launch of our new book, "Talking Climate." Oxford, 2 December 2016

 
We were delighted to welcome people in Oxford and enjoy discussions around our new book, Talking Climate: From Research to Practice in Public Engagement.
 
Commissioned by Palgrave MacMillan and written by Adam Corner and Jamie Clarke, the book aims to provide a fresh approach to climate change communication: five core principles for public engagement that can propel it out of the margins and into the mainstream. 
 
 

Webinar: After the COP 22 climate talks: what now for climate change and migration? 1 December 2016

The climate negotiations have been a key forum for addressing climate-linked displacement. What has been achieved at this year's talks? And what progress has been made since last year? 
 
Last year's COP climate talks were a break through. As well as creating a global deal to reduce emissions, they also committed governments to action on human displacement linked to climate change. The COP climate talks now join a raft of other international process that have the potential to help people who are forced to move by climate impacts. This online workshop looked at what progress has been made in the year since the history agreement in Paris, and explored how these climate talks fit in with the other international processes. 
 

Conference: Act4Change Climate & Migration. Brussels, 19-20 November 2016

We were presenting at the Act4Change conference on Sustainable Development. The event brought together young people from across Europe for a weekend of learning and engagement around various issues connected with the environment and International Development.

We were running a series of workshop sessions exploring the connections between climate change and migration and how these issues can be addressed.

 

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COP22 workshop: Towards a new visual language for climate change. Marrakech, 15 November 2016

We were delighted to share key insight from our Climate Visuals project at COP22 in Marrakech. Every day thousands of images about climate change are shared around the world - but how should we be choosing those images? Our research project identified seven principles for more effective visual communication about climate change.
 

Conference - Connecting Cognitive Science and Climate Science. London, 10-11 November 2016

This two-day interdisciplinary event brought together experts from the cognitive science, psychology, climate science and policy-making communities, with the goal of improving accessibility to climate science evidence.

Our Senior Researcher Dr Chris Shaw was there to present our Climate Visuals project. Built upon research involving thousands of citizens in the UK, US and Germany during 2015, Climate Visuals is an evidence-based resource for climate change communication. The website centres on seven key principles for visual climate change communication, and contains a growing, interactive library of images to provide inspiration and guidance for journalists, campaigners, bloggers and anyone else using imagery to communicate about climate change.

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Webinar: Communicating climate change and migration, 10 November 2016

This online presentation looked at some of the key issues in communicating climate-linked migration to the wider public. 
 
Climate-linked migration is deeply complex, and therefore create a unique communication challenge. It is vital to create compelling, tangible stories about the issue, but it is equally important not to over simplify. At the same time the issue also exists at the nexus of two of the most controversial and polarised public debate: climate change and immigration. This workshop looked at both the theory and practice of communicating climate-linked migration. 
 
We are also ran another webinar on climate and migration post COP22 on 1 December.
 
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Webinar: Climate, migration and media narratives. 7 November 2016.

This online workshop explored how the media have covered the issue of climate-linked migration. It examined new research looking at the key media players, places and issues.

Alex Randall from the Climate and Migration Coalition pointed out some of the key issues relating to the media's coverage by looking at who the media turned to for information, how they framed their arguments and the locations they covered the most. The workshop showed cases and new methods for analysing and interpreting media coverage. 

We were also speaking at a climate, migration and media event organised by the IIED on 3 October, and will be running two other webinars on climate and migration topics on 10 November and 1 December.

A recording of the webinar will soon be available here.

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Talk: Climate needs new pictures. Hamburg Germany, 3 November 2016

People think in pictures. They come to our minds as quickly as the words do when we speak. But why is climate change mostly illustrated on TV, on the net or in social media with sad polar bears, dark smoky chimneys, parched fields or windmills in the sunset? What understanding does the pictures that we use to communicate the causes,consequences and the solutions of this major global issue create?

On 3 November 2016, our own Dr. Adam Corner was presenting for the first time in Germany the Climate Visuals project, discussing the results and how they can underpin a transformation in how climate change is seen. The event took place at GERICS in Hamburg.

This event was organised by klimafakten.de and the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS).

 

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Webinar: Designing and applying the Scottish Government’s Climate Conversations framework - insights, lessons and next steps. 19 October 2016

Scotland has some of the most ambitious climate change targets in the world, and the government recognises that achieving their targets is dependent on the ongoing support and engagement of the Scottish public.

ClimateXChange (Scotland's centre of expertise on climate change) commissioned Climate Outreach to develop a package of resources to allow groups of people to come together to discuss climate change, drawing on best practice in facilitating conversations and communicating climate change. The resources can be used by community groups and other organisations that wish to explore climate change issues with citizens. They also provide a way of capturing knowledge about citizens’ views on climate issues, which can help to inform future decision-making.

Festival: Wildscreen. Bristol, 10-14 October 2016

The five-day event convened in Bristol the best photographers, filmmakers and creative professionals with the most committed conservationists to create compelling stories about the natural world; that inspire the wider public to experience it, feel part of it and protect it.

George Marshall was speaking alongside Steve Backshall, TV presenter; Sam Barcroft, Barcroft Media; Emanuele Biggi, Photographer; Clare Birks, Oxford Scientific Films, and many more.

 

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Conference: The Women's Institute Public Affairs Conference. Builth Wells, 12 October 2016

We were speaking at the Public Affairs Conference of the Welsh Women's Institute, alongside Dr Andrew Goodall, Director General Health / Chief Executive of NHS Wales and Sophie Howe, Commissioner for Future Generations. 

George Marshall's interactive workshop on 'How to communicate climate change with the general public' focused on how to talk to people who are sceptical - especially people with conservative values - and how we might speak to people in Wales in ways that resonate with Welsh identity and values.

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Workshop: Communicating flooding in a changing climate. Carlisle, 5 October 2016

Carlisle, an English city that has been crippled by frequent flooding over recent years, was featured in this recent New York Times article as representing the impacts of climate change.

Sustainable Carlisle Network and Cumbria Action for Sustainability invited us to lead a community conversation on how we can communicate about climate change more effectively, and build the social infrastructure necessary to build resilience. This workshop was lead by Jamie Clarke.

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Conference: 2016 Climate Challenge Fund Gathering. Edinburgh, 4 October 2016

George Marshall delivered a keynote speech at this year's annual Climate Challenge Fund Gathering. This event celebrated and showcased the significant efforts of Scotland’s communities in contributing towards Scotland’s efforts to build a lower carbon future.

This year's event was preceded by a climate change exhibition open to the general public from 1-3 October. A film of the day will soon be available on the Climate Challenge Fund's website.

IIED event: Conflict, Climate and Migration in Syria – did the media get it right? London, 3 October

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) asked us to speak about the connections between climate change and the conflict in Syria, particularly  how the story given by the mainstream media about these connections is not always accurate.

Discussing how the role of migration – and migrants themselves – was misunderstood by the press and public, Alex Randall unpacked both the media story and the scientific evidence. It is clear that climate change and migration are among the powerful drivers of conflict in Syria and during the presentation, Alex explored how these forces have interacted to create the war that unfolded.

We are also running three webinars on climate and migration topics on 28 October, 10 November and 1 December.

Webinar: Top tips for meeting your MP, 29 September 2016

In October 2016, people up and down the country took part in the Climate Coalition's Week of Action to celebrate the people, places and things we want to protect from climate change. Events either involved MPs or were showcased to them, so that politicians see, feel and hear how much their constituents care about what we could lose to climate change.

To support this effort, our own George Marshall was joined by Jo Musker-Sherwood of Hope for the Future to provide top tips on how to make the most of a meeting with your MP, and advice on how to build a cooperative relationship with them.

Workshop: Live the Change - faith & climate change. London, 24 September 2016

This workshop dug into theology, practical action and ways to mobilise others. This workshop, hosted by Tearfund, was designed for communicators, creatives and activists who believe that the church has the power to create real change. 

George Marshall was delivering the main workshop, exploring ways we can help the public and our peers to take action on this key issue of our time.

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Conference: Resurgence, Oxford, 22-25 September 2016

The Resurgence conference brought together 50 leading international speakers and change-makers including our very own George Marshall, Bill McKibben, Christiana Figueres, Vandana Shiva, David Puttnam, Alan Rusbridger, Caroline Lucas, Rowan Williams, Fritjof Capra, Jonathon Porritt and many others.

In his session on Friday 23 September, George explored how our innate cognitive biases have become mapped onto deeper political and cultural divides, generating denial and a socially constructed silence around climate change. He argued that this analysis can lead us to new insights and creative solutions – finding ways to build language and new narratives that speak to people’s core motivations and identity.

George was also chairing the session lead by Bill McKibben and Paula Byrne on Sunday September 25th.

 
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Symposium: Faith For The Climate - What next after Paris? (21/09/16)

Global temperatures in March 2016 were the warmest on record. As climate change becomes increasingly urgent, we were in London on September 21 for an evening of positive action!

George Marshall was speaking along with Canon Giles Goddard (Operation Noah), Rabbi Natan Levy, Maiya Rahman (Islamic Relief), Bishop Nicholas Holtam, Dr Husna Ahmad and Sir David King about working across faith on climate change, drawing on the key findings presented in our guide on Faith & Climate Change.

 
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Webinar: Managing the Psychological Distance of Climate Change (16/06/16)

Have you ever had a conversation about climate change and wished you could get past its 'psychological distance'? Through 5 key Do's and Don'ts, Tim Isaksson and Adam Corner explore how to overcome the psychological distance that develops around climate change and move towards the "here and now". This webinar examines the extensive research around the phenomenon and how it is not as simple as moving from "global" to "local".

This webinar expands on our recent guide: "Managing the Psychological Distance of Climate Change".

 

Webinar: Climate Visuals – telling a better visual story about climate change (12/04/16)

Thousands of images of climate change are shared around the world daily, but our understanding of how people interpret such images is limited, which leaves those trying to communicate about climate issues flying a little blind. To address this and give communicators more in the way of practical guidance, Climate Outreach conducted international social research to build a detailed picture of how people respond to different images of climate change.
 
On this call hosted with The Tree, a project by the Global Call for Climate Action, we present 7 principles for more effective visual communication about climate change (see our report and our Climate Visuals website), followed by a Q&A. 

Webinar: Faith and Climate Change – Talking with People of 5 Major Faiths (10/03/2016)

For climate communicators both within and outside faith communities, there is a need to better understand the language that works - and the language that doesn’t work - when trying to lift up the desire for action from the world’s people of faith. Join us for this webinar in which we will share and discuss the key findings from our new guide, Faith & Climate Change: a guide to talking with the five major faiths.This new resource, produced by Climate Outreach in partnership with GreenFaith, not only presents language that works with each of the world’s 5 main faith groups (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism) but also language that works across faiths - and language that doesn’t work.

Webinar: What the Paris agreement means for migration linked to climate change (09/02/2016)

The Paris agreement has written migration into future climate talks, and committed states to action to prevent displacement. But what exactly does the agreement commit countries to? And who gets to decide what happens next? Find out more about these issues in this webinar lead by Alex Randall, our Climate change and Migration Project Manager and Coordinator of the UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition. In this webinar, he discusses in more depth our new briefing paper on this topic.

COP21 UN Climate Change Conference: Paris (30/11-12/12/2015)

We contributed to the following official events & civil society events during COP21 in Paris:

  • Presentation:  Non-Formal Climate Change Education and Innovative Approaches for Climate Change Learning to the UNFCC
  • Presentation: Research around climate communications with faith audiences
  • Presentation:  Creating Low Carbon Lifestyles: Insights from the One Planet Living Network
  • Workshop: Communicating about Climate Change with Faith Communities
  • A new mission for religion and spiritualities?
  • Communicating Climate Change with People of Faith
  • WWF Event:  How will Nature deal with the COP?
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Webinar: How to make the case for climate solutions, Ontarians' views on carbon pricing and cap and trade (18/11/2015)

Join George Marshall as he shares and discusses key findings from our recent research about how people in Ontario, Canada view carbon pricing and cap and trade. 

Watch the webinar here.

This work, conducted in partnership with Climate Action Network Canada, identifies frames and messages that have the greatest appeal to a range of audiences, from those most to least concerned about climate change and segments of the conservative base. The research was conducted in Ontario, Canada but offers valuable insight for those interested in carbon pricing and cap and trade all over of the world.

Event: Public engagement on the road to Paris – and beyond (12/11/2015)

The upcoming Paris negotiations are key to the UN process of achieving an agreement that will limit global warming – but how engaged are the public with the conference? We believe an evidence-based understanding of what the public want from these negotiations can inform an effective communications strategy for Paris – and beyond.

In September 2015 we hosted workshops with the general public.  Following the presentation of our key findings, our founder George Marshall hosted a panel discussion with Dr Chris Shaw (Climate Outreach), Professor Chris Rapley (Professor of Climate Science, UCL), Ruth Davis (Senior Associate, E3G, former Political Adivsor, Greenpeace) and Dr Candice Howarth (Senior Research Fellow, climate change communications, Anglia Ruskin University).

Webinar: Communicating Flood Risk in a Changing Climate (03/11/2015)

Join Dr Adam Corner (Climate Outreach) and Dr Stuart Capstick (Cardiff University) as they present the findings from our latest report on communicating flood risks in a changing climate.

Two years on from the wettest winter on record, Adam and Stuart explain 9 principles for communicating about flooding against the backdrop of a changing climate.

Climate Conversations: Free Interactive Workshop for Students (27/10/2015)

Why is it that whilst the science of climate change is settled, society is not taking appropriate steps to address the issue? How can it be that passionate advocates for climate change action can’t talk to their friends or family about the issue? 

In this interactive workshop Jamie Clarke, our Executive Director, explored the reasons why it’s so difficult to communicate about climate change whilst providing insights into overcome them.

We discussed just how we can move climate change into the conversations of those who are currently not part of the “green ghetto” and encourage the cross-societal action needed to stop the rapid changes the climate is undergoing.

 

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Webinar: Climate change and the Refugee crisis (24/09/2015)

The unfolding refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East has left many people asking whether the situation is related to climate change. Several media reports have drawn connections between climate change and the onset of conflict in Syria. Others have argued that the current situation could be a sign of things to come as the planet warms.

Alex Randall, who manages our climate change and migration program and coordinates the UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition, will explore the links between climate change and human movement.

This webinar is an opportunity to explore the main points from our recent Briefing paper in more depth.

 

Webinar: The Uncertainty Handbook (09/09/2015)

Join Dr Adam Corner and Dr Stephan Lewandowsky to learn about and discuss key insights from our new report, “The Uncertainty Handbook: a practical guide for climate change communicators.”

Uncertainty has become an argument for discrediting climate science and for delaying policy responses – but if communicated effectively, it can be a stimulus for action.

The handbook sets out 12 practical principles for smarter communication about climate change uncertainties. It is a collaboration between the Climate Outreach and Information Network (Climate Outreach) and the University of Bristol.

Webinar: Communicating about Climate with Faith Groups (29/07/2015)

Join George Marshall from Climate Outreach and Reverend Fletcher Harper from GreenFaith as they discuss how we can communicate climate change across multiple faith traditions. They  share key insight from our work with OurVoices, a global multifaith campaign. This project included interviews and focus groups with people from the 5 main world faith groups: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.

This webinar explores effective ways of talking about climate change with people of faith, particularly in the lead-up to the climate talks in Paris at the end of the year. You can preview our findings in our 4 page guide.

Event: The Point is to Feel it: A Night of Creative Responses to Climate Change – In collaboration with the RSA (26/05/2015)

Have reason and logic taken us as far as we can go? What will it take to stir us into a new way of being? Watch the record of this very special evening, as the country’s most talented writers and poets perform unique pieces inspired by the greatest global challenge of our time, bringing the full force of their creative power to provoke us into action.

In the fourth of our series of innovative events on climate change, we abandoned the logic of reasoned argument, and searched for a more emotional and intuitive way in to the problem.

This event was part of an RSA and Climate Outreach initiative: The Seven Dimensions of Climate Change & supported by The Climate Change Collaboration

Event: Climate Outreach co-founder,George Marshall, launches new book, Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change. Introduced by George Monbiot. (13/05/2015)

A sold out audience of 200 people joined a thought-provoking climate conversation examining why, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence, we are so adept at side-lining climate change.

Event: New Voices on Climate Change (17/03/2015)

This event is a part of an RSA and Climate Outreach initiative: The Seven Dimensions of Climate Change supported by The Climate Change Collaboration

As prospective custodians of the planet and decision-makers of the future, Britain’s young people are a vital component of the conversation around climate change. 

Young people from around the country were taking to the Great Room stage to deliver a variety of short, passionate talks on the most pressing problem of our time.

Webinar: EU Centre-Right Report (11/03/2015)

What if we started talking about climate change with centre-right policymakers across Europe in ways that resonate with their values? Most of the language around climate change tends to reflect the values of left-leaning environmentalists. This might explain why in many countries, conservatives are less inclined to support ambitious action on climate change than progressives.

Our new report is the first piece of research to develop language and narratives that can help start a new conversation about climate change with centre-right European policymakers, in particular MEPs. It extends our previous work on engaging centre-right audiences in the UK.

Drawing on academic research, expert interviews and speeches by centre-right MEPs, Climate Outreach outlines 8 core conservative values and identifies 10 frames and 3 narratives that resonate with these values.

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Event: Climate Change Question Time (11/02/2015)

Panellists included: Economist, LSE, Lord Nicholas Stern; climate science expert, UCL, Chris Rapley CBE; barrister and prosecutor in the Ecocide Mock TrialMichael Mansfield QC

For this event in our brand-new series, we adopted the BBC’s democratic Question Time format. We gathered a panel of expert representatives in each of what we feel are the seven main dimensions of the climate problem: science, behaviour, democracy, law, technology, economy and culture.

This event was part of an RSA and Climate Outreach initiative: The Seven Dimensions of Climate Change, supported by The Climate Change Collaboration

Event: Seven Serious Jokes About Climate Change (20/01/2015)

Climate change is no laughing matter, but when all else fails, perhaps it’s time to take humour a bit more seriously?

Humour has long been a powerful tool in the social-change arsenal, but is it powerful enough to help us break through the static on this colossal issue? 

Working alongside BBC comedian and Sunday Assembly founder Pippa Evans, we gathered a group of talented comics to inject fresh life and verve into what is often a technocratic debate:  Marcus Brigstocke, Steve Punt, The Showstoppers, Rob Auton, Jessica Fostekew, Holly Burn and Pappy’s.

This event is part of an RSA and Climate Outreach initiative: The Seven Dimensions of Climate Change, supported by The Climate Change Collaboration.

Flooding forum: Basingstoke. Community workshop exploring flooding and climate change (18/10/2014)

Unprecedented flooding this year affected the lives of hundreds of people in the South of England.
As the clear up operation continues many are asking questions about the future.

  • Will flooding get worse?
  • Is the weather changing?
  • How is climate change connected?
  • How can we be prepared for future floods?

Find out about our previous community flooding events.

Event: Climate Outreach hosted the launch of Naomi Klein’s latest book on Climate Change (08/10/2014)

As part of Climate Outreach’s ongoing series of climate conversations 800 people packed the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford to listen to Naomi Klein discuss her book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate. The event was brilliantly received, it was introduced by Dame Vivienne Westwood and included some very active discussions.

 

Flooding Workshops (01/06/2014 - 31/07/2014)

 

Unprecedented flooding this year ruined lives for hundreds in the South of England.

As the clear up operation continues many are asking questions about the future.

  • Will flooding get worse?

  • Is the weather changing?

  • How is climate change connected?

  • How can we be prepared for future floods?

32 community members joined in Taunton and Oxford to discuss these issues and learn how climate change is involved and how to talk to others about the risks to our communities.

 

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Event: How the EU can lead on climate change and migration – Time to translate research findings into policies (09/07/2014)

This event launched a new study from Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, partly carried out by Alex Randall and Jo Salsbury from Climate Outreach. This report presents a series of policy recommendations on how the EU could reply to the complex phenomenon of climate change and migration.

Event speakers included Koko Warner, Head of the Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability and Adaptation Section at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security; Monika Mayrhofer, Researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights; and Barbara Lochbihler, Member of the European Parliament.

Event: Moving Stories launch event (15/01/2014)

These stories are a powerful and moving exploration of migration and displacement linked to climate change.
Testimonies from ten regions across the world have been compiled from local news reports, academic journals and interviews recorded by civil society groups. The stories show us how complex the movements linked to environmental change are and thus reveals that there is no “typical” migrant. Most importantly these testimonies give a human voice to this complex and controversial issue.

Moving Stories was launched as part of a wider event on migration and climate change organised with the Overseas Development Institute, the Climate Change and Development Knowledge Network and Climate Outreach. More than 220 people attended to these two events.

Online seminars: Migration as climate change adaptation? (01/12/2013)

Millions of people are already using migration as a way of improving their livelihoods. Increasingly people are using migration as a way of responding to the impacts of climate change. Can and should these existing trends be harnessed as a form of climate change adaptation?


The 30 participants looked at the following questions:

  • what might this migration look like?

  • where might it happen?

  • what are the legal and ethical implications?

  • what should civil society, governments and international agencies do?

George Monbiot’s book launch (01/05/2013)

To mark the release of George Monbiot’s book “Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding”, Climate Outreach hosted an outstanding evening of enlightening discussions.

Climate Outreach invited the audience to engage in a new and exciting perspective on climate change with one of the world’s leading environmental journalists and pioneers of modern thinking. George Monbiot discussed how, by restoring habitats on land and at sea and bringing back fascinating and enthralling wildlife, we can not only throw destructive processes into reverse, but also radically alter the natural carbon cycle, reducing greenhouse gases in unexpected and remarkable ways.