Climate communications workshop set

MOUNT DESERT — A Climate to Thrive is hosting a half-day Climate Communications Workshop Wednesday, March 30 from 1 – 4:30 p.m. at the Northeast Harbor Library. The workshop is offered in partnership with the Maine Climate Table.

“The serious realities – ecological, weather-related, and economic – of climate change finally are being noticed by the mainstream media on a daily basis,” organizers said. “Because of its frightening potential, however, most people shy away from talking much about climate change, arguably the most important topic of our time.”

The workshop will feature Maine-specific findings on communication approaches, and ideas about applying this information in your work and personal lives.

The training “goes beyond what you know about climate change science and explores the realm of brain science and the art of changing hearts and minds,” said trainer Tyler Kidder of the Onion Foundation. “The workshop format is interactive and will prepare you to communicate with whomever you encounter.”

Kidder will lead attendees through a multimedia presentation with plenty of time for discussion and practice. The training is designed for professionals in government, non-profits and business who engage with the public around issues related to the environment, energy, education, and planning.

“The communication concepts apply equally to talking with your children, family members, friends, and co-workers about your concerns for the future.” organizers said. “Participants will gain helpful insights on how to better reach and connect with them.”

All trainees who complete the training workshop receive the print edition of the “Communication with Mainers on Climate Change Toolkit.”

Follow-up support will be available after the workshop through a series of interactive webinars, one-on-one support and online evaluations hosted by the Climate Table and Tyler Kidder. All are welcome; no prior experience with communications is necessary. Admission is free.

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