Communicating for Climate Change : Closing Gaps Between Science and Action

A session by The Office of the President’s Special Envoy on Climate Change


Date : Thursday, 16 November 2017
Time : 14.30 – 16.00
Venue : Indonesia Pavilion at COP 23, Bonn Zone, Number A02, Bonn, Germany


The scientific community has been more certain than ever that climate change is extremely likely due to human activities. The international community has also concluded successful negotiations on a binding climate treaty called Paris Agreement with the objective to limit warming to less than 2 degrees C and pursue it further to less than 1.5 degrees C.

Nevertheless, the current collective national contributions to limit greenhouse gas emissions is still failing to meet the objective of Paris Agreement. In addition, there are more evidence that earth’s climate is changing more rapidly than the worst-case scenarios previously predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. That’s why, the world needs to increase their ambitions.

For this, the magnitude of the societal changes necessary to limit climate change – and to avoid the impacts of it is the key. Paris Agreement also stressed the importance of education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information and cooperation at all levels. The challenge is to transform the complexities of climate change science into something that the communities, corporations, and decision makers can grasp and make meaningful progress towards better climate policy and climate actions by non-state actors.

Effective communication can be a powerful tool to enhance public’s awareness, attitude, and hence trigger more ambitious climate actions. There are some successful climate change communication programs that need to be replicated faster in other areas. But, challenges remain.

There are key questions that wish to be answered from the session:

  1. What are the main problems of climate change communication in general? What have been done wrong?
  2. What are the challenges and the best practices to communicate climate change at a national level? (answered by representative of countries who run the program)
  3. What are the most effective way to replicate those best practices to other nations or region ?



  1. Share and discuss the main problems to communicate climate change on a national scale
  2. Share and discuss the challenges and best practices from each region and organization
  3. Share and discuss which platform is best to replicate those best practices in other regions


Expected Results

A report draws from the session’s objective which will include: main problems of communicating climate change at a national level; challenges and best practices from different countries; recommendations on platforms to replicate best practices to other nations.

Welcoming Remarks



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