Tips for Engaging People in Climate Conversations – Guy Hanchet (Mar 13, 2023)

By Scott McKinlay

Do you avoid conversations about climate change with friends, family, or co-workers for fear it will become confrontational, or grind to an awkward silence?  Guy Hanchet, president of For Our Grandchildren, helped our members to practice the skills of active listening, acknowledging, and effective engagement, in order to encourage more productive conversations about this important topic.

Click HERE for the video recording.

Click HERE for the slides from the presentation

3 thoughts on “Tips for Engaging People in Climate Conversations – Guy Hanchet (Mar 13, 2023)”

  1. I just wanted to thank you for the excellent 4RG Meets on talking about climate change. I thought the format (e.g., using role-playing, active participation from the audience, addressing questions from the break-out groups, etc.) was very effective. It was really quite inspiring to see so much engagement from the audience members. I also liked how you kept the do’s and don’t about these conversations simple. It will be interesting to see if people do their homework and what they report back.
    After watching this tonight, I came to the conclusion that these “conversations” could even be made simpler – and at the same time less stressful and probably equally effective. I think that all anyone needs to do is to express to others – your “cranky uncle” for example – how you feel personally about climate change. In other words, what you fear, maybe what gives you hope, what emotions you experience, etc. The kind of things that Guy covered in the “before you start” slide. This in itself may take some reflection and even some practice to express it as eloquently as possible. Once you’re comfortable with your “elevator pitch” version, you can then use it with whomever you want. If it leads to a full conversation, great. If it doesn’t, at least the other person will come away with something to think about.
    If the other person challenges you, you can simply say “I’m sorry, but this is how I feel. I see what’s happening in the world and it scares me. I’m no expert but I do believe the experts. If they were wrong, we’d know it by now.”
    So few of us ever say to others how climate change is making us feel. If more of us only did that, I think it would represent great progress and have real impact.

  2. Yes, the recording is now public, although the edited version is still processing. There is a link at the bottom of the description.

    Scott McKinlay
    4RG Meets

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