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Reports & guides | 8 December 2019

Talking climate handbook – how to have a climate change conversation

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Having conversations about climate change in our daily lives plays a huge role in creating social change. We take our cues about what’s important from what we hear our family, friends, colleagues and neighbours talking about. Politicians need strong social consent to implement successful climate policies.

But talking about climate change, especially beyond the green bubble, is hard. That’s why we’ve produced an evidence-based, practical guide to help make those conversations easier and more meaningful – and to come out of them feeling inspired and connected.

Update: in December 2020, we released accompanying materials to run your very own Talking Climate workshop based on the handbook’s guidance: it includes a guide, a slidedeck and script. 

Our #TalkingClimate handbook is the result of a collaboration with EIT Climate-KIC. It is based in part on a citizen science project with over 550 individuals from over 50 countries. Participants joined several training webinars (see below) and fed back the results of their conversations to the project team.

The handbook’s advice is structured around the mnemonic REAL TALK.

In the first webinar of the project, Robin Webster shares the evidence base on how to have effective day-to-day conversations about climate change with our friends, family, neighbours and colleagues.

The Climate Coalition, as part of their upcoming Great Big Green Week, has created a short resource based on our Talking Climate Handbook.

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