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From the news that earth surface temperatures hit a record high in 2016, to a presidential administration that denies the effect fossil fuels play in climate change, we are inundated with stories and images about climate change. And yet authentic face-to-face conversations about climate change (with family, friends, neighbors, colleagues) are rare. According to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, “more than half of those who are interested in global warming or think the issue is important ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ talk about it with family and friends.”
This guide will continue to support you as you facilitate dialogue and host “Climate Conversations” within your library community.
This handout was handed out during the workshop. It includes resources already listed on this page as well as others.
Other New England offerings
Union of Concerned Scientists
General Climate Change and Climate Conversation resources
Global Warming 101
National Resources Defense Council
Confronting the Realities of Climate Change
An introduction to many aspects of Global Warming from a respected consortium of scientists - The Union of Concerned Scientists. (The UCS Library is an MLS Member.)
Path to Positive Communities Local Climate Leadership
American communities are the wellspring of our national pride, security, and vitality. Local leaders and citizens have worked together to build strong, prosperous, and livable communities in America for centuries. Today, climate change is impacting our communities and our essential built, social, and natural systems worldwide. Because of this, and the potential for leadership and innovation at the local level, communities are a natural and promising place for progress on climate change solutions.
How To Engage And Win The Conversation About Climate And Energy
Consistent messaging is helpful to the climate action efforts. Included are a number of targeted, relevant messages with tips and talking points.
Climate Change Impacts in the United States
The National Climate Assessment is a 2014 report summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States. 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.
Climate Change, Health, and Populations of Concern
EPA developed communication guides that summarize key points from the U.S. Climate and Health Assessment for eight different populations that are disproportionately affected by climate change impacts.
Debunking the top 10 climate change myths
Mythbusting: an unfortunately necessary part of climate communications
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the international body for assessing
the science related to climate change. The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological
Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide policymakers
with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and
options for adaptation and mitigation.
2017 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Madeleine Charney is the Sustainability Studies Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries. She helped launch Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis, a collaborative, campus-wide project that facilitates contemplative experiences in which to explore this global threat. She is co-founder of ALA's newest round table, SustainRT: Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities. A Master Gardener and certified in Permaculture Design, she also co-founded her local chapter of Mothers Out Front: Mobilizing for a Livable Climate and serves on the Massachusetts State Leadership Team. Madeleine holds an MLS from University of Rhode Island and an MA in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design.
Massachusetts Specific Resources
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Office of Energy and Environmental Affiars
Massachusetts is a national leader in helping individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments make smarter choices about energy. General energy efficiency information and opportunities for Massachusetts residents, specifically, are here.
City Maps of Gas Leaks
Home Energy Efficiency Team tool to illustrate locations of reported gas leaks in Massachusetts.