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 also 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.
Our new #TalkingClimate Handbook is the result of a collaboration with Climate-KIC. It is based in part on a citizen science project with over 550 individuals from over 50 countries that took place last summer. 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:
5 minute introduction to the project
Webinar 1: #TalkingClimate How to have a climate change conversation
This webinar lays out the evidence base on how to have effective day-to-day conversations about climate change. We invite you to join us in a citizen science initiative to learn new research skills in public engagement on climate change and to test those skills on your friends, family and colleagues.
Webinar 2: #TalkingClimate Results and Analysis
In this webinar, Robin Webster reports back on the findings and what they mean for our recommendations on how to have good climate conversations - including the barriers we encounter, how to start conversations, and how to go on doing this in the future.