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Supporting Climate Conversations

The Scottish Government commissioned the ‘Climate Conversations’ resources in order to support and encourage discussion about climate change by the Scottish public, including among people who do not generally talk about it.   

Climate Conversations resources

The Climate Conversations 'How To' guide offers a step-by-step approach to facilitate a conversation about climate change with a small group of people.  There are associated images to support the conversation.   Conversation activities include discussion about ten ‘low carbon scenarios’ covering Transport, Energy, Food and Consumption.  These  show what life in a low carbon Scotland in 2030 might look like, in the context of a changing climate, and reflecting potential actions to tackle climate change.

If you are interested in organising a climate conversation for a small group of people – for example with friends or work colleagues or in your community - these resources are for you. Neither the conversation facilitator nor the participants need any specialist knowledge about climate change.  

The ‘How To’ guide was developed by Climate Outreach  on behalf of the Scottish Government and ClimateXChange, and is underpinned by supporting research

Climate Conversations – Phase 1

In 2016 the Scottish Government commissioned a series of Climate Conversations with the Scottish public and with local voluntary and community groups across Scotland.  Their purpose was to ‘take the temperature’ of public views on climate change, and on actions that might be needed to tackle it.  A report summarising the findings of these Climate Conversations (27 in total) is here and they informed the Climate Change Plan published in February 2018. 

Climate Conversations – Phase 2

In 2017/18, the Scottish Government commissioned ‘Phase 2’ of the Climate Conversations, undertaken with local voluntary and community groups whose activities are not focused on climate change or the environment.   Two new ‘pilot activities’ were introduced into these conversations:

  • During the conversation, participants were invited to discuss selected information about climate change taken from the Met Office Climate Guide. This was a response to feedback from the Phase 1 conversations that people wanted more information about climate change from a trusted source.
  • A few weeks after the conversations, a follow-up survey was undertaken with all participants who agreed to this, by text message or phone call, asking what actions they had taken as a result of their conversation.  

A report summarising the findings of the Phase 2 Climate Conversations (10 in total) is here.