When asked, what do you think about when you hear climate change or global warming, a survey just a few years ago showed that 44% responded with outcomes, 18% with the causes but only 3% with solutions. When you see the media reports it is easy to understand why so much of the conversation is dominated by the outcomes.
Every day we are faced with the harsh reality of our changing world through reports of the latest scientific data and stories from around the globe. Communities around the world are already experiencing the first-hand impacts of the climate crisis.
For many of us, living in a time of climate change has an overwhelming impact on our emotions and the way we feel. But, according to climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe, one of the most important things we can do when it comes to climate change is talk about it.
While conversation is a step in the right direction, how we talk about climate and whose voices we uplift also matter. Too often the voices of those on the frontlines of the crisis are overlooked or ignored. How can we use stories to “pass the mic” to those who frequently go unheard – and, in the process, bring effective solutions to life?
If you have an hour, I would encourage you to watch Project Drawdown's "Hidden voices: Why inclusive storytelling is critical to accelerating climate solutions"
Each of us has a story to tell. Pass the mic.
Stories play a critical role in moving people in the ways that we need them to move when it comes to climate solutions and climate action. Stories that are simple and relatable.