Why are we dressing up as climate change for Halloween?
Because it’s scary.
It’s flooding and drought. It’s heat waves and polar vortexes. It’s global and local. It’s our food and housing. It’s complicated. And it affects us all..
And talking about it … we worry we’ll say something wrong, start a fight, alienate friends or family. So instead we don’t talk about climate change to others, and they don’t talk about it to us. This leads everyone to believe that we can’t talk about it.
But you want to talk about it.
Perhaps you are measuring carbon capture and storage in grasslands. Maybe you want to help suffering communities after disasters hit. Or maybe you are trying to save your favorite fish from disappearing in warming waters.
Climate change is scary, but talking about it doesn’t have to be.
Exact’s Climate Communication workshop helps you understand what people need to hear to include them in the conversation. We give you a place to learn and practice. Because the more people participating in the conversation, the better!
In the coming weeks, there will be a lot of news about the next global climate conference (COP27). When you hear something that connects to your work or interests – however remotely – take note. Talk with a friend about it. Keep in mind why they might be concerned or interested, too. See how it goes.
When all of us can talk about climate change and work together towards solutions, it might be a bit less scary.
Temis, Carolyn, Marcy, Terry, & Carol
Be Heard. Have an Impact. Make a Difference.
*title credit: William Shakespeare
*photo credit: Janos Szabo / Upsplash