What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Floods have literally submerged large chunks of the South West of the country, railways have collapsed into the sea, and the River Thames spectacularly burst its banks. The MET Office has made clear, these floods are precisely the sorts of events that are made more likely by climate change. But very little mainstream media coverage and political discussion has focused on the link to climate change and a decreasing number of people feel confident in talking about tackling climate change. We want to break this climate silence.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Thousands of people have suffered weeks of misery following the wettest January in the UK in 250 years.
Less than 7% of the stories about the floods in the UK print media have associated them with climate change.
Polling finds that two thirds of people have never talked about climate change outside their immediate social circle, and a third of people never talked about it with anyone at all.
What is your solution?
The people we trust most are not politicians, journalists, campaigners or even scientists: it is the people around us. We want to deliver the training and support to allow people in communities impacted by flooding to be able to talk about the connection to climate change with their friends, and family but also those who they’d never normally talk to about it. We need to start the discussion in every pub, cafe, workplace, and home. In this way we can ensure local and national climate action takes place.
How will you deliver this?
We want to deliver a series of community training and support sessions in places impacted by flooding. These sessions will enable participants to talk about the connection to climate change and then act in the ways they feel fit. COIN has a history of delivering climate change training sessions to all sorts of people and has developed a world-leading knowledge on how to communicate the issues to wider audiences.