Hope and the Climate Change Imperative – Building Stakeholder Support for Equitable Solutions

Hope and the Climate Change Imperative – Building Stakeholder Support for Equitable Solutions

Organizer: 
Cara Pike
Climate Access
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 7
Session Type: 
Training
Abstract: 

Americans are more concerned about climate change than ever yet few are optimistic we will (be able to) address it. Solutions such as renewable energy and green infrastructure are popular, yet to many they still seem far off in the future, inaccessible, and/or not on the scale of the problem. This sense of fatalism and the lack of a clear pathway forward limits engagement in adaptation and resilience efforts.

This training will explore how Americans view climate change and climate solutions, barriers to action, and the role hope plays in social change. Through hand-on exercises, participants will learn how to balance the threat with hope when framing the issue, as well how to engage internal and external stakeholders in advancing equitable and accessible climate solutions.

Co-organizers:

Susanne Moser, Susanne Moser Research and Consulting