Congratulations on taking the initiative to host a climate conversation in your community. You must Care about Climate Change and Care about your Community!
Hosting a community conversation may seem daunting or you could be a pro. Either way preparation is key to a successful event. Here are some tips to help you along the way:
- Find allies. Who else cares about climate change in your community? Or the wider area? Climatecare.ie may have contacts close by – get in touch any time.
- Set a date, venue and time for your first conversation – it helps to have a target.
- Create a poster, notice for the papers, newsletters and local radio. Use social media too.
- Get to know the template for hosting the conversation. Make it work for you – it’s only a guide.
- Check out some resources on facilitating – I love this booklet from Transgender Europe and there are lots of tutorials on YouTube including tutorials and tips about on-line facilitating.
- If you are hosting online you will need at least one additional person to help everything run smoothly.
- Put some time into planning the logistics for your community. What video will you use?
- If your conversation is online will attendees be writing in chat or a shared online document? Or will people be writing on paper?
- Think of your role as guiding the conversation. You do not have to be an expert.
“One point to remember is that you are hosting this crucial conversation and if nobody else in your community is – whatever you do is much better than nothing.“
Here is the text of the flier if you want to use any or all of it:
You are invited to a climate change conversation for our community. It is an introduction to climate change, what it means for us and what we can do about it. Everybody is welcome.
This is the first step to preparing our own local “Climate Action Plan”.
For further information please contact __________________ at ___________________
You are welcome to join the conversation and plan for our community