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Community climate conversations: engaging and empowering local action in a changing world

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Beery, Thomas (main author), Schmitt, Kristen (author), McDonnell, Julie (author), Moore, Tansey (author)
Online journal article
Publication Date:
Extension Journal, Inc.
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
communication methods, community development, environmental communication, extension, extension programs, information needs, local programs, scientific communication, environment education, awareness, community engagement, climate change
16 pages., Article # 6FEA3, via online journal., We examined how the Twin Ports Climate Conversations (TPCC), a community-based climate communication project, is influencing local climate awareness and response. A survey of TPCC participants and subsequent roundtable discussion event were used to explore program impacts, outcomes, and future directions. Results showed that the TPCC project has been effective at increasing awareness and facilitating contacts and may be leading to actions that range from information sharing to personal behavioral changes. Future directions include engaging new audiences and promoting more on-the-ground climate action. TPCC can serve as a model to help other communities start cross-sectoral climate conversations.