Climate Change in the Community – Focus Groups

The Royal Meteorological Society, in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey, has secured a Natural Environment Research Council (part of the UK Research and Innovation) Engagement Funding Opportunity Growing Roots audience to share our climate change communication training with community leaders across the UK.

We will be hosting two focus groups in August 2022 to help us understand the level of knowledge community leaders currently have about climate change and what they would most like to get out of the training.

  • Focus Group 1: August 23, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Breakout group 2: August 24, 10-11:30 a.m.

Feedback from these focus groups will help us adapt our existing course content. It will also help ensure that we give community leaders the confidence and tools they need to talk about climate change in communities that have not traditionally engaged in climate science.

By providing this training to community leaders, the Society hopes to develop an understanding of climate change within local communities, empower people to engage with messages from politicians and media, and make informed decisions about their own lives. .

The workshops will be free and open to anyone in the UK who is involved in leading a local community group, charity or project and who is able to speak to their wider community. This could include faith groups, community centers, youth groups, cultural organizations and educators.

We will be running seven virtual workshops between September and February (dates to be confirmed), each targeting a specific region of the UK to allow community leaders to share and discuss local experiences and learn from their peers.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in participating in our discussion groups, particularly if you are part of another community or voluntary organization, please register your interest by emailing [email protected].

We are giving participants of these focus groups a £25 Amazon voucher as a thank you for helping us shape these workshops. Please also share this opportunity within your wider networks.

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