Climate Literacy Collaborative
Supporting Climate Communicators
Warming water temperatures, rising sea levels and ocean acidification -- all examples of human-caused climate change -- endanger human and marine mammal populations worldwide. Without increased and intentional efforts now, these changes will continue to worsen.
Across the United States, gaps in solution-focused messaging, lack of support for behavior change initiatives and insufficient access to relevant and accurate data continue to prevent effective climate communication that is able to effect change.
The Center’s Climate Literacy Collaborative will provide resources for organizations to build capacity within their teams to better educate their audiences on the impacts of climate change. Through developing a series of workshops and a climate solution toolkit that address current deficiencies in environmental education, the Collaborative will support resilient communities and healthy ecosystems through climate adaptation and mitigation strategies.
Access to the Collaborative is free, and all climate communicators and educators are welcome. The Collaborative hosts four to six workshops and community conversations annually, and communicates monthly through a free e-newsletter.
Connect With Us
The Center’s Climate Literacy Collaborative has a free e-newsletter featuring climate stories, resources and notices of upcoming local professional development opportunities, in addition to quarterly meetings and workshops.
To join the community, email Adam Ratner, the Center’s Associate Director of Conservation Education, at RatnerA@tmmc.org with your name, contact information and organizational affiliation.
Thursday, April 27 | 11am-12pm PT / 2pm-3pm ET
It has previously been said that “it is better to light a candle, than to curse the darkness." While the realities of climate change are real and serious, climate action is all around us. Join us to hear about the positive actions and policies that are providing the hope we need to create impactful climate conversations and climate action around the world.
State Climate Policy Dashboard
Wednesday, February 15 | Replay Now Available
Wondering what your state is doing about climate change? What does effective climate policy look like, and where can I see the strongest policies across the country? Join staff from Climate XChange to explore the State Climate Policy Dashboard, a tool that tracks climate policies across all 50 states and provides educational resources on 66 policies your state can implement to make a difference.
The Science of Communicating Climate Change
Wednesday, November 30 | Replay Now Available
As important as knowing the climate science, social science provides evidence-based practices that allow us to communicate climate science more effectively. In this session, you will be introduced to the work of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI), a collective of over 500 climate communicators. Learn how specific values and metaphors make your audience more receptive to climate change messaging and join a community of communicators changing the national discourse to be more positive, civic-minded, and solutions-focused.
Food Choices as a Climate Solution
Tuesday, June 7 | Replay Now Available
The Food Choices as a Climate Solution Workshop will spotlight the opportunities that exist to implement action across our communities and organizations to greatly reduce our climate impact, while providing other community benefits. Hear case studies of existing, accessible programs from Foodwise and the Chef Ann Foundation for how you can join existing, successful campaigns at schools, neighborhoods and businesses, while engaging with other climate communicators and discussing opportunities to engage in more climate solutions.
Climate Solutions Workshop: Quantifying Climate Impacts Using En-ROADS Simulator
Wednesday, April 13 | Replay Now Available
En-ROADS is a freely available online climate change policy simulation model that provides policymakers, educators, businesses, the media, and the public with the ability to explore dynamics in energy supply, land-use, transportation, carbon removal, and more. En-ROADS weaves together the best available science and research into how our world reacts to interventions into our energy and land use choices. Guest Speaker Tony Green has over 15 years in the climate tech and sustainability field. He serves as an En-ROADS Climate Ambassador and was recently selected in the inaugural class of Climatebase Fellows, a climate career accelerator for creating the future generation of climate leaders.
The Future of Energy Efficiency
January 26, 2022 | Replay Now Available
The Future of Energy Efficiency Workshop spotlights the opportunities that exist to implement action across our communities and organizations to greatly reduce our energy use, while providing other community benefits. Hear case studies of existing, accessible programs from Schools 4 Climate Action, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, and BayREN to learn how you can join existing, successful campaigns at schools, neighborhoods and businesses.
Community Conversation featuring Project Drawdown
August 26, 2021 | Replay Now Available
Hear about some of the latest in climate solutions from Elizabeth Bagley, Ph.D. of Project Drawdown. Project Drawdown is a premier climate leader focusing on the solutions that can best meet the needs for rapid decarbonization. They have launched numerous programs recently including a free online course, Climate Science 101, as well as initiatives such as Drawdown Learn, which is focused on education efforts, and Drawdown Labs, which is focused on private sector partnerships.
Community Conversation featuring Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
April 27, 2021 | Replay Now Available
Hear from guest speaker Roxana Rojas from Rising Sun Center for Opportunity as she shares more on their current work and approach to climate solutions and environmental justice. The collaborative also identifies the desired components and topics for resources that the collaborative can utilize across their programs.
Community Conversation featuring Sunrise Movement
January 21, 2021 | Replay Now Available
Hear from guest speakers from the Bay Area chapter of the Sunrise Movement to share more on their current work and approach to climate solutions and environmental justice. The collaborative will also discuss opportunities for future resources and trainings.
Climate Solutions and Environmental Justice Workshop
October 20, 2020 | Replay Now Available
We explore case studies of successful climate campaigns and discuss best practices for incorporating environmental justice into climate solutions. Hear from two guest speakers highlighting their work on environmental justice and climate solutions: Gabi Dunn, Operations Manager and Biologist for the National Park Service, and Kieron Slaughter, Community Development Project Coordinator for the City of Berkeley and a project consultant with the Trust for Public Land on the Richmond Wellness Trail.
Communicating Climate Change During COVID-19 Pandemic
June 24, 2020 | Replay Now Available
The need for more intentional language and contextualization of climate change is critical to ensure sensitive and impactful conversations during this difficult time of COVID-19. Hear the latest social science research on climate change communication best practices during this time, and connect with others in the environmental education field to discuss challenges and successes as we continue communicating the critical need for climate change education.