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Have you ever struggled with the communication of climate change uncertainties? Are you frustrated by climate sceptics using uncertainty - inherent in any area of complex science - as a justification for delaying policy responses? Then our new handbook (a collaboration between Climate Outreach and University of Bristol, authored by Dr Adam Corner, Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, Dr Mary Philips and Olga Roberts) is for you.

Download the handbook to learn more about 12 practical and easy-to apply principles for smarter communication about climate change uncertainties.

Thanks to the work of volunteer translators, our Uncertainty Handbook is available in the following languages:

In the webinar below, Dr Adam Corner and Prof Stephan Lewandowsky present the Handbook's 12 principles and answer questions from attendees.

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5 responses to “The Uncertainty Handbook, available in 7 languages

  1. Very useful booklet. Thank you.

    One of the issues I have encountered when giving presentations that involve climate change conversations is the one that says

    “Well, what difference am I likely to make if most people (and countries) continue to burn fossil fuels at an increasing rate?” I have used the ‘Oak trees from little acorns grow’ approach but it is rather weak!

    Clearly it is strong leadership (by example) as well as international, coherent action that we need…..

  2. Hi,

    This is a good resource, and I particularly liked the cartoon, use of stories, and the idea of having conversations not arguments. However, I am not so keen on the insurance analogy: climate change action is not “exactly” like household insurance – although I can see some similarities.

    The more real examples there are, the better, though. I particularly liked Bishop Nick Holtam’s example at the climate march on 17 June:-

    “The scientific consensus that is the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is 95% certain that human activity is the main cause of current global warming – that goes up to 97% of scientists actively publishing about climate . If you weren’t feeling well and the doctor said I’m not exactly sure but I’m 95/97% certain, we’d take the treatment.”

    I also thought George Marshall’s talk “Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change” was particularly helpful (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=726BZat208A)