Climate change is happening now, with extreme weather events, melting ice and sea level rise already occurring – so why aren’t we talking about it in our daily lives?
The film, called How (Not) to Talk About Climate Change, sees YouTuber ClimateAdam, in his words, “take his conversation skills from amazing to brilliant” as he acquires top tips from Dr Adam Corner of communications experts Climate Outreach.
The purpose of the film is to show that talking about climate change need not be difficult if you follow the golden rules of relating to other people’s concerns, listening properly to them and suggesting actions that are consistent with their own convictions, rather than guilt tripping them about their lifestyles.
Dr Adam Corner (“Steve”) gives tips on how to talk about climate change and acquires a new name …
ClimateAdam will be coming to Leeds on Monday 15 October and will be putting his skills into practice by helping out with a Climate Chats survey at Leeds Station (11.00 – 14.00) organised by the Priestley Centre. Adam will also be joining poet and science communicator Dr Sam Illingworth of Manchester Met University to deliver a sold-out event for students on climate communication.
The video was commissioned by the NERC Climate Communication Project, spearheaded by Priestley Centre Director Professor Piers Forster. It brings together a wide range of academic and practitioner partners and has produced a website of new resources to help catalyse public engagement on climate change.