Communicating Climate Change Ecology and Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change

Join the Climate Change SIG at their online workshop to learn how to develop your skills in communicating research related to climate change ecology

A view of puddles and rockpools on the edge of the sea with a dark and cloudy sky overhead

With the COP scheduled to take place in Glasgow in spring 2021, there has never been a more important time for ecologists to clearly communicate their findings on the impacts of and solutions to climate change. However, it can be a daunting prospect for ECRs to tackle – how do you find someone to communicate with, and then once you have, how do you simplify the science into a message they can understand and act on?

This workshop from the Climate Change SIG will equip attendees to talk to the public and to policymakers about their work and thus help increase the perceived importance of climate change ecology, which is in danger of being reduced in COP discussions.

This will be a training workshop developed by Asher Minns, who has previous experience in providing online training in communicating climate science. The activities he has previously developed for climate scientists will be updated for an audience of ecologists, and to include communication of nature-based solutions to climate change.


This half-day interactive online workshop, running from 10:00 to 15:30 BST, will be targeted towards ECRs and others wishing to develop their skills in communicating research related to climate change ecology. Topics will include:

  • Knowing your audience
  • How to be more engaging when talking about climate change
  • How to communicate unwelcome messages
  • The role of emotions in communicating climate change
  • How not to communicate climate change

Schedule for the Day

10:00 – Welcome and Introductions
10:10 – Introductions to your breakout group / virtual table
10:20 – Session 1: Understanding how you are heard & choosing your voice
11:00 – Screen Break
11:15 – Session 2: Communicating uncertainty
11:30 – Session 3: Overcoming the psychological distance of climate change
12:00 – Lunch
13:00 – Session 3 Continued
13:15 – Session 4: What’s really driving public beliefs about climate change?
14:00 – Screen Break
14:15 – Session 4 Continued
14:30 – Session 5: ‘Science and stories’
15:00 – Wrap-up & Final Thoughts
15:15 – Engagement opportunities with the BES
15:30 – Close


Registration for this event closed on 17:00 (BST) 6 April 2021.

More information here