Our work is guided by an emerging vision for what public engagement around climate change should include: enabling adaptability and learning, designing for justice and inclusion from the outset, and embracing complexity.
Enabling adaptability and learning
Public Engagement is primed for learning instead of control; it encourages experimentation and seeks out regular and sustained feedback from the public as it learns, improves, and evolves.
Designing for inclusion
Public Engagement foregrounds inclusion and justice; reaching out to seldom-heard communities, making active attempts to counter exclusion through capacity-building, support, and creating safe, trusted discussion spaces.
Public Engagement enables multilevel, multi-sectoral partnerships and collaboration across government, business, civic organisations, and the public. It supports changes in thinking, values, and behaviour through sustained long-term public engagement.
Understanding public engagement around climate change
Our Literature Review builds an understanding of different approaches to engaging the public on climate change, and the strengths and limitations of each type:
Communication on climate change:
This explores how the framing of the message, the legitimacy of the messenger, and the values and identities of the audience impact the effectiveness of communication around climate change.
Collaboration or deliberation on climate change:
This explores mechanisms of collaboration (grassroots citizen movements) and deliberation (eg: Citizen Assemblies) around climate change, and the conditions necessary to support these processes, and ensure inclusion.
Engagement around climate interventions:
This draws out how public engagement can effectively incentivise sustainable consumption and pro-environmental behaviour at an individual, social and systems level.
Shining a light on public engagement practice
Our Case Study Compendium provides practitioners working on public engagement around climate change, with a framework to unpack the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.
Each Case Study sparks dialogue on how processes can be made more adaptive to evolving local conditions, more inclusive and socially just, and better able to embrace the complexity and uncertainty of climate issues.
A systemic response to the food, climate and health crises: there is no other way
Now Is the Time for a UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution
Tackling environmental challenges from the grassroots up: a story of true collaboration on Bondi Beach
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