WATCH: This inspiring 20 minute video from world-renowned climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe.

She explains why the most important thing you can do to fight climate change is to talk about it.  This inspiring, pragmatic TED talk has been viewed nearly 4 million times, and with good reason. In it, Hayhoe shows how the key to having a real discussion is to connect over shared values like family, community and religion — and to prompt people to realize that they already care about a changing climate. “We can’t give in to despair,” she says. “We have to go out and look for the hope we need to inspire us to act — and that hope begins with a conversation, today.”

READ: Read our blog on “5 reasons not to talk about climate (and why you should anyway).

Then read the “Talking Climate Guide” from Climate Outreach. It outlines different strategies for talking about climate issues. Climate Outreach say, “Having conversations about climate change in our daily lives plays a huge role in creating social change. We take our cues about what’s important from what we hear our family, friends, colleagues and neighbours talking about. Politicians need strong social consent to implement successful climate policies. But talking about climate change, especially beyond the green bubble, is hard. That’s why we’ve produced an evidence-based, practical guide to help make those conversations easier and more meaningful – and to come out of them feeling inspired and connected.”

LISTEN: Hear Sustainable St Albans’s trustee being interviewed on Radio Verulam, about why it’s so important to talk about climate issues.

DO: Hold a Climate Conversation (designed by Sustainable St Albans, for local people to use.)

Want to talk with others about climate change, but you’re not quite sure how? We’ve got ready-made materials to help you. You gather a group of friends or colleagues, either on-line or in person. We provide all the materials you need to hold your own Climate Conversation. A Climate Conversation is a chance to take time to discuss the climate crisis, your thoughts for the future, and deciding what actions you could take. Whether it’s 2 hours over a drink with friends, or a couple of lunch-hours at work, why not start organising it today? All the materials you need to hold a ‘Climate Conversation’ with family or friends are easily available on our website, alongside FAQs.

COMMIT: Sign up to Count Us In today, and make changes that matter.

When you register, tick to say you are part of the St Albans Climate Action Network, and then your steps will be counted alongside other local people.

Talking to friends is one of the 16 highest impact steps to can take.

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