Climate change - communication challenge
Who is this course for?
The course is for anyone who wants to encourage others to act in response to climate change. For example:
• 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 democracy or 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, accepted and acted on.
The style of the course will be practical and interactive, including case studies, discussion and use of the internet. An indication of the content is below, but detail may vary.
• Week 1 will introduce the approach, discover participants’ particular interests and focus on how to have good conversations about difficult topics.
• Weeks 2 and 3 will consider how messages about climate change and potential responses can connect with the values and identity of the intended audience. This will include choosing images for impact, and particular contexts (eg business, youth, faith).
• Week 4 will look at some case studies in more depth and invite learners to reflect on the points most relevant to their own context.
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.
Additional costs and requirements
There are no entry requirements. In preparation for the course we suggest you look out for examples of people talking, writing or showing images of climate change, and try starting a conversation about it yourself.
Handouts and links to further reading will be provided, but you may want to bring a notebook and pen for jottings.
The course will include use of the Alexander Centre computers. 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?
This is not essential, but you will get more benefit from the course if you can spend some time between sessions testing out the learning in your own context.
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, and delivered the 2019 version of this course.