The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s October 2018 Special Report is an urgent reminder that if we are serious about a 1.5°C world, we need to get serious about public engagement.
Our report as well as our associated events and resources around the release of the IPCC’s report outline our insights and recommendations for shifting gear and scaling up public engagement.
The IPCC’s Special Report lays out the vast array of social, political, cultural economic and technological changes that are required to limit global warming to 1.5°C. It abandons the assumption that only those in power can make change and includes – for the first time for this international scientific body – the social science of public engagement.
Our report sets out a number of recommendations on how to shift gear and scale up public engagement. These include creating a global communications ‘league’; developing climate narratives around the world; training spokespeople on the social science of climate communication; and supporting peer-to-peer dialogue.
Event in partnership with the UK government: 1.5C & public engagement
We explored insights from our new report at an event on 15 October 2018, as part of the London launch of the report hosted by the IPCC and the UK government.
Speakers for our session included the IPCC report’s lead author on behaviour change Professor Linda Steg as well as Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, Asher Minns and our Programmes & Research Director Dr Adam Corner.