Youth activists, journalists, scientists, and other communicators are playing a major role in bringing the climate crisis to the forefront of policy discussions. This panel discussed climate communication strategies and their role in tackling the climate crisis.
Government and policymakers can gate-keep information. Direct communication is necessary between decision-makers and impacted communities. These communities need to feel represented and their climate-related struggles addressed.
Climate change is a complex and global problem that impacts communities in different ways — accessible information and storytelling are key for effective communication with all communities and with youth. This is especially important when addressing equity issues.
While conferences can lead to large pledges and proposed action on climate change, oftentimes, there is no follow-up action or concrete policy and little tangible progress — effective communication and credible action must ensue.
Grassroots activists, BIPOC, and impacted community members need an official seat at the table. Their experiences and ideas are needed for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive fight against climate change.
President & Founder, American Conservation Coalition
Chief of Staff, Wisconsin State Representative Francesca Hong
Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Course Instructor, University of Wisconsin/Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies