As we face this New Year may we be emboldened to work evermore diligently on ways that we can engage in making positive changes toward a healthier planet. As Naomi Klein, in her latest book On Fire expressed in relation to the urgent need to act now, she says, “That’s what happens when you kick the can down the road enough times. You run out of road.” The time is now to rally together, to work side by side, to grow ever stronger in our resolve because our future and the generations that follow are depending on us to step up and do our part today.
One of the greatest challenges we have is communicating the climate crisis with those who are skeptical about it. That is why we are so excited about our upcoming program with Tyler Kidder who will share with us how to have open communication.
Session 4 was Tuesday, Jan. 7: Talking About Climate Crisis
How do we talk with each other about the climate crisis in ways that both inspire us and lead us to action? How do we influence others to act through honest, real, practical, and meaningful conversation? Tyler Kidder of The Onion Foundation and the Maine Climate Table, a partnership of over 200 individuals and organizations, led this session. She provides us tools below and techniques that help us change hearts and minds and that leads to action.
What Can WE Do? ... consider who those people are that you would like to talk to about the climate crisis – your State Representative, coworkers, family members, friends…
Kerry & Doretta
From Tyler Kidder:
Thank you again for attending and engaging at the Waterford Climate Communications Training Workshop on Tuesday Jan 7, 2020. Thanks so much to Waterford Congregational Church's Kerry & Doretta for organizing this event as well as the whole Climate Conversation Series.
You all get two superlatives in my book. I've run about 20 of these trainings in the last two years, all over the state. I'd like to award the Waterford Training:
- Most people related to each other in a training, including (by my count) NINE married couples!
- Longest introductions ever since everyone indicated in which direction and over how many hills and lakes, they lived from the meeting spot. We can all barely get there from here.
Thanks for keeping it fun!
Attached and linked you will find the following resources:
Digital version of the 2017 research summary document is attached, Communicating with Mainers on Climate Change
Digital version of the orange Messaging 101 Guide can be found and downloaded here: https://www.maineclimatetable.org/climate-change-communications
Resource links from the Agenda. UPDATED! I printed an old version, so these links are more current than those on the bottom of your print agenda:
Heartwired Toolkit & More Info: www.heartwiredforchange.com
Climate Central: www.climatecentral.org
Yale’s 2019 Climate Opinion Maps by state, CD and county: https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/visualizations-data/ycom-us/
Yale’s ‘Climate Change in the American Mind’, 2019 Report: https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/climate-change-in-the-american-mind-april-2019/
NEW, just out last week, highly recommended relevant reading: NYT Opinion Article about effective Climate Communications https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/opinion/climate-change-deniers.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
Additional reading about the elephant & rider phenomenon and how people make decisions: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt.
Additional resources about how to communicate on climate change for land preservation:
LTA's Communications best practices: http://climatechange.lta.org/recommendations-for-communicating/
New-ish climate risk communication resources from NOAA: https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/topics/risk-communication.html
Many of you gave us thoughtful feedback about your experience on the paper evaluations and we plan to use it to improve future trainings as well as help us stay in touch with you. Expect to hear from the Climate Table in the future about how you are putting your training to work. If you were unable to complete an evaluation or have additional thoughts, please let me know.
If there are additional resources you think would be helpful, please send them along so we can keep track of good ideas and/or send existing resources to you.
Opportunity to schedule one-on-one time with me to workshop a particular product or question:
Schedule a 20 minute call with me to discuss what you are working on or to figure out a challenge: April 6-10th, 2020. Click on the link to schedule a call anytime between now and early April! (https://calendly.com/onionfoundation/climate_communications)
Two upcoming ‘Communicating with Mainers on Climate Change’ workshops in Central Maine
These are interactive trainings lead by Tyler Kidder of the Onion Foundation and based on research performed by the Maine Climate Table. Additional workshops will be held in other parts of the state later in 2020. Please visit the Maine Climate Table’s website for the most up to date information as those are scheduled: https://www.maineclimatetable.org/
Tuesday February 4th, Lewiston Public Library, 4-6:30pm, hosted by Lake Auburn Watershed Protection Commission. Free and open to the public.
More information and registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/communicating-with-mainers-on-climate-change-tickets-83671249961
Thursday February 13, Pittsfield Public Library, 9-11:30am, hosted by InSource Renewables. Free and open to the public, limited seating.
More information and registration here: https://insource.zohobackstage.com/ClimateChangeMessagingWorkshop#/?lang=en
We look forward to hearing back about your good work and to engaging with you in moving the needle on climate change communications in the future here in Maine.