Hosting a climate conversation with family, friends, colleagues and classmates can be a great way to bring up a topic that is often avoided. Come together with others for a chat and a cuppa tea (and cake!) to explore how we can take action personally and collectively on climate change. We can help guide you through the facilitation of such a discussion. Connecting and showing support for each other is a great first step in taking climate action together. These discussions can help you identify what are the best suited actions for your local environment.
Giving a presentation can be a daunting task, but fear not, we will guide you through the best practices and give you training to help your presentation connect with your audience. You will learn how to give an engaging presentation and how to inspire your audience to take Climate Action. Having a Q & A afterwards allows your audience to participate and voice their opinions – another great way of identifying what Climate Actions are best suited to your locality.
By communicating with the media you are reaching out to a wider audience to inform and engage with. Using your local voice, you can connect with local issues related to climate change, and from a local viewpoint on the national and global climate change issues. You can also use this opportunity to advertise climate actions you are planning and to recruit interested people into local climate action projects. Try to connect with local newspapers, newsletters, radio and maybe even TV. As a Climate Ambassador, you will be provided with support and templates on how best to communicate with the media.
There are a whole host of ways to use social media to communicate climate change issues, publicise climate actions you are planning and to also share events that have been carried out or are coming up. This can be done through uploading written content, pictures and videos onto social media or writing a blog. You can also develop video content as your climate action work progresses. We can also upload your material onto the Climate Ambassador social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Communicating with your local representatives and sharing with your concerns related to climate change is one of the best climate actions you can take. You’re letting the political leaders know that you want to see climate action in practice and on the agenda for your community. Here are some recent requests that have been ade to TD’s and Senators: a fair payment for solar electricity to kick-start community ownership; divest taxpayers’ money from fossil fuels; increase investment in cycling, walking and clean public transport. Your local councillors are also great representatives who can effect real local change. Find out who your local TD’s are: https://www.whoismytd.com/ Find your local councillors: http://www.gov.ie/tag/local-authorities/
Watching an environmental movie or documentary can be a fun and engaging way to bring your community together to collectively learn about climate change. By holding a Q & A afterwards it can help identify local issues and galvanise the community into taking climate actions. Venues such as libraries and community halls will usually offer free use of their facilities. Invite people to bring and share snacks. Good movie suggestions include: An Inconvenient Truth; Chasing Ice; Mission Blue (all available on Netflix); An Inconvenient Sequel; The Island President; Before The Flood.
Questionnaires can be carried out to better understand what the current knowledge-base and opinions are of environmental issues are within your community. This can then inform future climate actions, depending on what the outcomes of the surveys are. The information may also prove helpful when looking for assistance from local government, as the data gathered can support justification of certain actions to be taken. Climate Ambassadors will be provided with support on questions for your survey.