Climate Change Stories

Can We Talk Climate?

We get it. Talking about climate change can be tough. And sometimes, it's downright awkward.

The Ice Cream Cake A parody from Hollywood writer Mara Altman about the awkwardness of talking about climate change.

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Even though 7 in 10 Americans believe climate change is happening, and 6 in 10 are at least somewhat concerned about it, two-thirds of Americans rarely, if ever, talk about climate change with the people they care about.

We want to change that. The most recent reports on the current and forecasted impacts of climate change are clear—we are running out of time. Silence is no longer an option.

Research shows there are typically four reasons people don't want to talk about climate change: 

  • I don't know enough. 
  • I don't want to talk about scary things. 
  • I don't think I can make a difference. 
  • I don't want to cause an argument. 

While these are certainly legitimate concerns, we're here to help you navigate them. We've created an e-book that provides tips on having a connected conversation about climate change. 

Atmospheric Science Professor Katharine Hayhoe notes in her TED Talk that the number one thing we can do to break the divisive rhethoric around climate change is "do the exact thing we're not doing: talk about it." 

The more people hear conversations about climate change, the more socially validated these conversations become. Showing that climate change is important enough for you to talk about makes it easier for others to talk about it as well.

 

The cover of e-book, "Let's Talk Climate," showing an iceberg.
Can We Talk Climate? Take our pledge and receive this e-book with four simple tips on having a connected conversation about climate change. © The Nature Conservancy

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We can't solve a problem we don't talk about. And we want to make talking about climate change easier. 

After you take our climate change pledge, we'll send you an e-book with four simple tips on having a connected conversation. We'll also keep you informed and invite you to local events where you can learn about real, systemic solutions that are good for our communities, our economy and our planet.