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Teachers – looking for worthwhile activities post SATs or GCSE’s? Here are two free online workshops to stimulate climate conversations between your students.

Dear colleagues, In June 2021, I recorded two workshops aimed at Y6 and above for the Schools Climate Education Conference in South Yorkshire. The workshops are still available and are free. Below you’ll find a few notes explaining my approach; I hope these will help you decide whether to use the workshops or not. At … Continue reading “Teachers – looking for worthwhile activities post SATs or GCSE’s? Here are two free online workshops to stimulate climate conversations between your students.”

Will the next UK election produce the leaders the planet needs? Or are we going to have to look outside the box?

For those of us in the UK who want to see something serious done soon about the climate and nature emergencies, what are the chances? In a previous post, I shared the work of Hope for the Future, who give wonderful advice on how to approach MPs constructively, and word has it that more MPs … Continue reading “Will the next UK election produce the leaders the planet needs? Or are we going to have to look outside the box?”


A Person Specification for the Prime Minister we really need

Early in February 2022, it looked like Prime Minister Boris Johnson might soon be out of a job. Subsequent events have probably protected him for a while. But when he does eventually go, will the U.K. get the leader it really needs? If you were a head hunter looking for exceptional candidates to lead the country through an historic transition to a sustainable economy, who would you short-list from our current MPs? Or would you be looking elsewhere? Here is my … Continue reading “A Person Specification for the Prime Minister we really need”

Should the arts, creativity and stories be at the heart of climate communications and campaigning?

This is one of a series of posts entitled Principles and Advice for Grassroots Climate Communicators, in which I share and reflect on a range of different ideas within the field, with a view to helping grassroots activists and groups communicate effectively. For an overview of approaches and challenges in the field, please see my post Climate Communications – An Overview. A summary of the key points made in this post can be found at the bottom. Rather than blaming people … Continue reading “Should the arts, creativity and stories be at the heart of climate communications and campaigning?”

Politicisation: how can climate communicators help people move into campaigning?

This is one of a series of posts entitled Principles and Advice for Grassroots Climate Communicators, in which I share and reflect on a range of ideas within the field, with a view to helping grassroots activists and groups communicate effectively. For an overview of approaches and challenges in the field, please see my post Climate Communications – An Overview. A summary of the practical suggestions made in this post can be found at the bottom. In my second post in … Continue reading “Politicisation: how can climate communicators help people move into campaigning?”

‘Emergency mobilisation’: the heated debate about the harnessing of uncomfortable feelings – and some possible solutions

This is one of a series of blogs entitled Principles and Advice for Grassroots Climate Communicators, in which I share and reflect on a range of ideas within the field, with a view to helping grassroots activists and groups communicate effectively. For an overview of approaches and challenges in the field, please see my post Climate Communications – An Overview. I have given space to examining this debate in some detail here because it is so live. Readers with limited time … Continue reading “‘Emergency mobilisation’: the heated debate about the harnessing of uncomfortable feelings – and some possible solutions”

Climate communications: the pros and cons of different ‘frames’

This is one of a series of posts entitled Principles and Advice for Grassroots Climate Communicators, in which I share and reflect on a range of ideas within the field, with a view to helping grassroots activists and groups communicate effectively. For an overview of approaches and challenges in the field, please see my post Climate Communications – An Overview. I start this post with the table that you may already have seen in the first post in this series. After … Continue reading “Climate communications: the pros and cons of different ‘frames’”

Practical Guidance For Climate Communicators

This is one of a series of blogs entitled Principles and Advice for Grassroots Climate Communicators, in which I share and reflect on a range of ideas within the field, with a view to helping grassroots activists and groups communicate effectively. For an overview of approaches and challenges in the field, please see my post Climate Communications – An Overview. I have not provided a summary at the end of this post because there simply too many detailed suggestions. Instead I … Continue reading “Practical Guidance For Climate Communicators”

Climate Communications – An Overview

This is one of a series of posts entitled Principles and Advice for Grassroots Climate Communicators, in which I share and reflect on a range of ideas within the field, with a view to helping grassroots activists and groups communicate effectively.  In this first post, I give an overview of the field as I see it. I go into more detailed consideration of certain questions in the related posts: Climate communications: the pros and cons of different ‘frames’ ‘Emergency mobilisation’: the … Continue reading “Climate Communications – An Overview”

How to lobby MPs constructively: the first step is to build rapport

The climate wasn’t the top priority in the Queen’s Speech. What can we who want to see rapid decarbonisation do now?  The purpose of this blog is to share principles and practices that may be helpful for developing constructive political debate in this time of crisis. In my previous post I argued that what the country and the planet needed was a majority of MPs committed to addressing the climate and nature emergencies and competent to take on the complex task … Continue reading “How to lobby MPs constructively: the first step is to build rapport”

We need committed and competent MPs to act on the climate

In this time of climate emergency, we need to think differently about policy making. One question I’ve been turning over is what kind of people we need to elect on December 12th. Whatever else happens after the election, it is crucial that there is decisive action on the environment. So I suggest that all voters consider whether their local candidates are (a) committed to environmental action and (b) competent to plan and deliver it.  In case there’s anyone still unsure about … Continue reading “We need committed and competent MPs to act on the climate”

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