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How we're helping the Scottish Government - which has the world’s most ambitious climate change targets - encourage discussion about climate change among the Scottish public 

March 2018 update: the Climate Conversations model is included in the Scottish Government's 'Climate Change Plan - The Third Report on Proposals and Policies, 2018-2032'. The report highlights that "these climate conversations are continuing through local groups across Scotland, and the findings will inform the development of government policy".

September 2017 update: the Scottish Government has released a report outlining findings from 27 conversations held using our Public Climate Conversations methodology (see reports below) - these findings are being used to further develop the Scottish Government's draft Climate Change Plan. 

Download our 'How to' Guide on the Scottish Government's website.

Watch the recording of our webinar.

Read our piece in the Huffington Post about this project.

Scotland has the most ambitious climate change laws in the world, and they recognise that achieving their targets is dependent on the ongoing support of the Scottish public.

The Scottish Government initiated the Climate Change Public Conversation Series, and ClimateXChange (Scotland's centre of expertise on climate change) commissioned us to develop a package of resources which together make up a world first in public engagement with climate change: a comprehensive, evidence-based guide to holding public climate conversations. These resources will be of value to any organisation wishing to encourage discussion and action on climate change, in and beyond Scotland.  

The resources include:

  • 'How to Guide': an evidence-based practical guide to holding public conversations about climate change. Includes a script and supporting materials.
  • Three reports on the research behind the 'How to Guide':
    • ‘Desk review’: provides an overview of participatory climate change research in the UK and identifies best practice principles for running climate change workshops with the public
    • ‘Findings from the Workshops’: includes an in-depth account of the findings from this project’s research workshops
    • ‘Framework for Developing Conversations’: explains how the findings from the research workshops were used to design the 'How to' guide

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