WELCOME TO ALBERTA CLIMATE CONNECT
Launching in the fall of 2017, Alberta Climate Connect (ACC) is an Alberta wide network of organizations and citizens dedicated to increasing climate literacy and action in the province. Together we’ll work to mobilize Albertans on climate change action that reduces emissions, adapts to changing ecosystems, and builds resilience in Alberta communities.
Beginning with two workshops in September with George Marshall, ACC will continue to provide a high impact learning and networking experience over the next 12 months for people who are interested in engaging Albertans to take meaningful action on climate change. We believe that meaningful climate solutions must address a range of social, economic and environmental concerns and incorporate a range of knowledge and approaches, including equity. So we aim to bring a diverse cohort of leaders and organizations from all sectors of society – nonprofits, businesses, and government – to work on these challenges together.
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JOIN OUR COMMUNITY
Interested in participating in Alberta Climate Connect? If you would like to join an exciting new network of organizations intent on learning more about the issues and mobilizing their members on climate action then sign up on our Mobilize page using the button below. Our Mobilize platform will serve as the online resource hub and communications centre for the project and is your gateway to connecting with others in the province working on climate change.
If you would like to speak to us directly, you can also message our team at Alberta Ecotrust using our contact form or by calling 1.800.465.2147.
TALKING CLIMATE WITH GEORGE MARSHALL
While many of us have dedicated our lives to education and communications, climate change presents some new and unique communication challenges – including that we often struggle to have conversations with people different than ourselves. As part of the launch of Alberta Climate Connect, we are working with many of our community partners to host two workshops with acclaimed communicator George Marshall and Climate Outreach.
George Marshall and the organization he co-founded, Climate Outreach, are the leading European specialists in climate communications with an international reputation for pioneering programmes with audiences including youth, trades unions, people of faith and people with conservative values. In this three-hour interactive training, CO’s founder George Marshall will provide key insights and practical advice on how to break beyond the usual suspects, engage new audiences in climate conversation and how to more effectively weave climate change into our current programming.
Participants can expect to receive an overview of what works in climate outreach and become mindful of the language and approaches to avoid, particularly with special audiences like youth and the unengaged. They will receive practical advice on how to design and test climate language on a limited budget. And, working together, we will explore narratives that can speak across our current political polarization towards a shared sense of Alberta identity. The primary focus, simply put, will be “how can we have effective climate conversations with someone different than ourselves?”
This training has been designed for communicators, environmental educators working with public and K-12 audiences, and activists focused on climate outreach. It will include Albertans from a wide range of sectors and subject areas.
George Marshall is a lead advisor to European governments and counts the United Nations, World Bank, World Wildlife Fund and International Climate Action Network among his clients. His book, Don’t Even Think About It, is widely regarded as one of the most important books published on climate change communications.
Registration for Talking Climate is now closed. If you are interested in this topic we encourage you to contact us or join our Mobilize community using the link above.
This project is made possible through the support of the Government of Alberta.