Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds NICHOLAS: I was reading about climate change and hearing about climate change in the ’70s when I was little, and those conversations haven’t really shifted.
Skip to 0 minutes and 18 seconds GABI MOCATTA: Climate change is real. It is happening now, and humans are causing it. Despite these unequivocal findings of climate science, effectively communicating climate change and the need for urgent action in a way that serves as an impetus for real change remains largely elusive. But in fact, we know a lot about how we ought to be communicating on climate change.
Skip to 0 minutes and 48 seconds Welcome to this Deakin University micro-credential on communicating climate change. My name is Gabi Mocatta, and I’m a lecturer in communication specialising in climate and environmental communication at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Tens of thousands of published studies and decades of research underpin our understanding of communicating about climate change. We can now define climate literacy and understand how crucial this is in raising people’s climate concern. We know a lot about what works for communicating climate change with some audiences, and we also know plenty about strategies that are counterproductive in the effort to galvanise climate action. It is these kinds of research insights with practical applications that can drive real world change that are at the heart of this course.
Skip to 1 minute and 36 seconds EMILY POTTER: There is a distinct genre of climate fiction known as cli-fi, that has been growing in prominence in the last 20 years.
Skip to 1 minute and 43 seconds LUKE HEEMSBERGEN: Using XR, we showed CO2 emissions as black balloons that drifted up into the city.
Skip to 1 minute and 48 seconds JOELLE GERGIS: I think of it as a collaborative opportunity between scientists and communicators to start telling better stories.
Skip to 1 minute and 54 seconds GABI MOCATTA: If you work in the communication industries, and you’re concerned about how best to convey to audiences these existential issues, then this course is for you. If, in your professional life, you are called on to communicate well in relation to climate change, this course will offer you up to date insights on how to do so. And if you’re an individual simply wanting to know how to talk about climate change with those around you, this course will help you do that in a research-informed way.
Skip to 2 minutes and 20 seconds MASOUD: I usually talk to my friends– not just climate change, many things that concern on a global level.
Skip to 2 minutes and 26 seconds SUZY: Climate change scares me in a lot of ways.
Skip to 2 minutes and 29 seconds EESHAN: [INAUDIBLE] do not really talk about it.
Skip to 2 minutes and 31 seconds MADDI: I feel like it’s a bit out of our control in a way. We can do our little part, but–
Skip to 2 minutes and 34 seconds JOAO: I think it’s a problem that stays at the back of my head.
Skip to 2 minutes and 37 seconds EMILIE: I think it makes me feel aware.
Skip to 2 minutes and 39 seconds ROBERT: I’m optimistic about it because I can see the momentum that the next generations are making.
Skip to 2 minutes and 46 seconds GABI MOCATTA: Whoever you are or wherever you are joining us from, we think you’ll find ideas here that will inspire you to become a better climate communicator and ultimately to contribute to climate solutions.