Public engagement for climate change: launch of a new literature review

Today the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and the Centre for Public Impact (CPI) published a new literature review on public engagement for climate action, seeking to understand effective ways to engage the public on meaningful behaviour change that can aid in achieving net zero emissions goals. This research was commissioned to support the scoping for our Citizen Engagement on Climate programme, which intends to demonstrate what effective public engagement on climate looks like and help create the conditions for its scaling.

This literature review is accompanied by a series of eight case studies which document interesting and innovative approaches to engaging the public on climate change from around the world.

Andrew Barnett (UK Branch director) said, ‘This report offers a powerful foundation for that work of bringing the public with us in the fight to defend our climate. It is well-known that we cannot rely only on technological solutions to solve the climate emergency. Each of us will need to make changes in our lives – and governments, businesses and individuals will need to work to make the changes that are necessary to achieve a sustainability.’

See the key findings from the literature review in the short video below:


Updated on 04 january 2022

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