Climate change - communication challenge
Who is this course for?
This course is led by Transition Tavistock a community group which seeks to bring the community together by sharing knowledge and practical ideas to use less energy and share resources. We aim to build a strong and self supporting town and seize the opportunity to bring about a more sustainable future.
• You know climate change matters, but find it hard to share your concerns with friends or colleagues?
• You can see ways your workplace or community group could respond – but have to persuade them?
• You are trying to market activities or products which help people move to a lower carbon lifestyle?
• You want to use consumer power to get practical change?
We will draw on research based materials from national charity Climate Outreach, which aims to ensure climate change and its impacts are understood.
The style of the course will be practical and interactive, including case studies, discussion and use of the internet.
• Week 1 will introduce the approach, discover participants’ particular interests and experience, and focus on choosing visual images.
• Week 2 will look at how to talk about climate change, and responses people can make, in ways that connect with their values and identity and are relevant to our local context.
• Week 3 will focus on topics chosen to fit group interests.
Note that the course will not explain the science of climate change, or advocate particular policy responses to it.
Support and feedback
A peer support model will be used throughout. The course will encourage you to work with other participants to reflect on your own aims and experience and how you might apply the learning in your own context. If you need specific resources or support then please let us know.
Additional costs and requirements
For week 1 it would be helpful if you could bring (on paper) a copy of 1 or 2 images related to climate change.
Handouts and links to further reading will be provided, but you may want to bring a notebook and pen for jottings.
The course will run in the IT room at the Alexander Centre. Familiarity with use of search engines will be assumed – but help can be provided on request.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Week 3 will include sharing ideas on communication in a context that interests you, chosen earlier in the course. You will need to do some reading and preparation for this, either on your own or as part of a small group.
About the tutor
Kit Harbottle has experience of running training in the public and voluntary sector. She is active as a volunteer in several groups responding to climate change, including Transition Tavistock.