How to talk to others about climate change

Making climate change an everyday topic of discussion is important for getting people to act. We know that talking about climate change can be difficult for many reasons. Understanding and acknowledging others’ viewpoints is always the key to successful communication. It is important that we talk about it in a nonjudgmental, open way.

2 people talking at a table

A few guidelines:

  • Be curious and listen
  • Find common ground
  • Talk about what is happening locally
  • Talk about what is happening now
  • Respect differences
  • Use imagery, metaphor, and experiences
  • Balance scientific stories with personal stories
  • For skeptics, talk “environment” instead of “climate”
  • Engage mutually trusted people in group settings

Resources to help you talk about climate change (even with skeptics)