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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Adaptation Tool-kit
Climate Change & Adaptation Messaging
  • Our Community Has Done No Climate Change Adaptation Planning To Date And Would Like To Start By Reviewing Resources On Messaging Climate Change & Adaptation To Begin A Community Conversation

If a community has not begun any climate change mitigation or adaptation planning or implementation, it is wise to begin by researching appropriate messaging around these issues. Climate change adaptation can be complex and involves some uncertainties. Developing the right language and gaining knowledge on how to communicate that language effectively is an important first step.

US Global Change Research Project has developed an interagency guide that provides a framework and essential principles for formal and informal education about climate change. It presents important information for individuals and communities to understand the Earth's climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches for adapting and mitigating change. Look at resources for educators.

Columbia’s Center for Research on Environmental Decisions has a guide for exploring the psychology of climate change communication and updates and tools from research focused on understanding helping decision makers advance climate change adaptation.

EPA has had a number of webcasts related to climate change communication. “Risk Communication: A Vital Tool for Building Support for Climate Adaptation Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbolcan be found on their site.

NOAA’s Coastal Climate Adaptation database has an entire section of reports relevant to climate change communication where you can search for outreach materials, information on stakeholder engagement and training / workshop information.

NOAA Coastal Services Center developed these action steps to Creating an Effective Message on Climate Change in your community.

European Climate Adaptation Platform shares How To Communicate Uncertainty as it relates to adapting to climate change.

Yale Project on Climate Change Communication created the Six Americas report which focuses on how six different groups of people perceive the benefits and costs of reducing fossil fuel use or global warming; their support for different national climate change and energy policies; and their beliefs about who has influence over the decisions that elected officials make.

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