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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.

In our report and accompanying blogpost, we set 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: 1.5C & Public Engagement

We explored insights from our new report at an  event on 15 October, 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 Research Director Dr Adam Corner.

The event was beautifully graphically recorded by our Associate Lydia Messling.

GreenGB week event by Climate Outreach - graphic recording by Lydia Messling

IPCC commissions us to select photos for their 1.5C Special Report communications

Transplanting seedlings at a hydroponic greenhouse in the USA - Kerry Sherck / Aurora Photos
Cleaning solar panels in Australia - Ted Wood / Aurora Photos

Following the Communications Handbook for IPCC scientists we produced earlier this year, we were delighted to be commissioned by the IPCC to select a set of 25 photos (including the two above) that fit our Climate Visuals principles. These images, which we curated with Aurora Photos, help tell much needed diverse and compelling stories of people affected by and responding to climate change.

The IPCC used some of these pictures in the report's launch day press conference and will be using them on their social media platforms. You'll be able to spot them in IPCC authors' presentations about the report as well.

Event: 1.5C & Migration

This evening briefing on 24 October will reflect specifically on the IPCC Special Report’s findings on climate-linked migration and displacement, and discuss their wider implications.

Join our Climate and Migration Programme Manager Alex Randall to explore how changing weather patterns and disasters are altering patterns of migration, and what this means for people, governments and civil society.

Two ClimateAdams talking climate!

Our Research Director Adam Corner has a starring role in this video by Youtuber ClimateAdam, released to coincide with GreenGB Week and the new IPCC report. The video was commissioned by the Climate Communication Project, a collaboration we're a part of between academics and practitioners working in public engagement on climate change.

How (Not) to Talk About Climate Change gives some simple light-hearted tips on how to broach the subject with friends and family. Please share!

Photo credit:

Cycling in the UK: Tejvan Pettinger

Transplanting seedlings in a hydroponic greenhouse in the USA: Kerry Sherck / Aurora Photos

Cleaning solar panels in Australia: Ted Wood / Aurora Photos


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