Project information

Talking Climate to Make a Brighter Future

With record breaking flooding in the UK and extreme weather increasing globally, isn't it time we broke the silence and started 'talking climate'? This project raises the voices of those impacted by climate change and develops innovative ways to engage new audiences.

December 2014 - December 2015

Charity information

Climate Outreach & Information Network

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  • Need


    Climate change is a reality facing us all. Thousands were impacted by UK floods this year and millions of people globally are forced to move because of climate related disasters and this is set to grow. Yet there is a general silence on climate change which has led to inertia among the general population and politicians. Understanding complex scientific research has been a barrier to many communities engaging in climate change issues.


    We have expertise in communicating on climate change. This project will enable us to continue to gather the best research evidence and translate it into practical guides. We seek to engage people from all backgrounds to get involved in tackling climate change and have an opportunity to make different lifestyle choices. In addition, we plan to lead a coalition of refugee and migrant organisations in promoting human rights and legal protections for those forcibly displaced by climate change.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support the Talking Climate programme to engage non-traditional audiences on climate change.


    » Undertake ground breaking research on how best to communicate climate change to a wider audience. Publish research and speak at high profile events.
    » Continue to develop the Talking Climate website to be a repository for best practice on communicating on climate change.
    » Use all media opportunities (blogs, social media, journals, national newspapers, environmental publications) to highlight climate change.

    By publishing new research papers and using media opportunities and our website to reach new audiences.

    Aim 2

    Defending the rights of those forced to move by a changing climate


    » Hold a workshop for refugee and migration organisations on promoting legal protection for people displaced by climate change.
    » Undertake research on the international advocacy opportunities for promoting legal protection for people displaced by climate change.
    » Use all media opportunities (blogs, social media, journals, national newspapers, environmental publications) to campaign for legal protection.

    Agreeing and carrying out an advocacy strategy for promoting legal protection for people displaced by climate change within 2 specific international bodies.

  • Impact


    The project will engage identified groups of non-traditional audiences in tackling climate change through personal and political action. Success will be demonstrated by researching, testing and carrying out best practice in engaging non-traditional audiences whilst monitoring resulting actions. The project also proposes to change the lack of legal protection for people displaced by climate change by helping ensure a new legal framework is agreed within an international body.


    In Defending Rights there is a risk that we cannot get an international body to agree to consider the rights of people displaced by climate change. This is mitigated by the fact that there are other international opportunities where the issue could be championed. In Talking climate the main risk is that we do not have the resources to reach out fully to all the audiences we would like to.


    Funders will receive a monthly email report on the progress of the project. This is consistent with our office systems and accords with our working practices. We will report on the successes and challenges this project faces and welcome contact with donors to discuss our programme of activities.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Website develop Talking Climate website
      £2,100 Research Publish new research
      £1,000 Media increase media profile
      £400 Workshop hold a workshop for refugee and migration organisations
  • Background


    Whilst the project is based in the UK and most of the outputs will be produced there this project has significant international reach through the publication of new research and our blogs and media profile. The legal protection element has a strong global component as it includes promoting legal protection for people displaced by climate change who can are found in vulnerable locations around the globe.


    On Talking Climate the beneficiaries will be climate change organisations and non-traditional audiences. On Defending Rights the beneficiaries will eventually entail everyone forcibly displaced by climate change. Global estimates on the numbers of people affected now and in the next 40 years range from 25 million to a billion. Other beneficiaries include refugee and migration organisations who participate in the workshop and coalition.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a reputation as the leading specialists on communicating climate change. Our work is both innovative and ground breaking and we constantly push the boundaries. We are the only UK NGO that focuses exclusively on climate change. We are also leaders in translating the best scientific research into practical guides. We partner with a range of organisations and maximise our impacts through social media. We constantly work to a high degree of excellence.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Adam Corner

    Adam is the Talking Climate Project Manager. Adam is a researcher and writer who specialises in the psychology of communicating climate change.

    Alex Randall

    Alex is the Defending Rights Project Manager. He is well respected researcher, writer and facilitator on climate change and migration.