Start small (talk)
Apparently, 82% of Aussie’s worry about climate-driven bushfires and four out of five of us agree that climate change is happening.
Even if we are all aware of the basics, a recent scientific study showed that discussing the climate crisis with your inner circle in small talk can lead to greater awareness, concern and trust in science (the researchers call it a pro-climate social feedback loop).
Maybe start by asking questions around the climate crisis…you know casually*. It also doesn’t need to be direct facts or negative stories; it can be around the news that is interesting.
Below are some stories that I find interesting
*It’s not my fault if you are not invited back to your friend’s dinner parties.
It is crucial in a conversation, especially with friends and family, to listen and really listen.
It is important to be aware that everyone’s voices should be heard, and these conversations are not about telling people what to believe, it’s about listening and sharing. Maybe someone has been impacted by the recent bushfires or has a different opinion on coal. Let’s hear it.
Everyone has a story to tell and a reason for believing something, therefore finding a shared value through sharing personal understandings, fears and stories, is crucial for engagement and learning.
Reflection, finding a shared value to agree on and sharing, are vital steps in having genuine climate conversations. I agree that it is worrying for the younger generations, I am scared about having any children and should I even contribute more people into this mess?