Re.Climate Turns One! Here’s What We’ve Learned.

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One year ago today, we launched the Canadian centre for research, strategy and training on climate change communications and engagement at Carleton University.

The launch of Re.Climate was years (and hundreds of conversations) in the making. The goal was bold but simple: to build broad-base public support for climate action.

Of course, no single organization or campaign can achieve such a goal. But Re.Climate isn’t really about scaling up one organization or one campaign. Rather, it’s about scaling up an entire country of climate communicators through supporting, augmenting, connecting, and influencing how we talk with Canadians—for the long haul.

This year, Re.Climate has worked with governments, scholars, journalists, philanthropists and grassroots organizations to produce and share new insights, develop and implement new strategies, foster critical conversations and convene communicators and scholars to share insights and advice.

And you showed up—in the thousands—sometimes once a month, sometimes every week, to work through Canada’s most challenging climate communications issues.

In the upcoming year, Re.Climate will continue to generate upstream research and analysis focused on what Canadians think about climate change. What is Canada’s climate and energy conversation? Who is leading and undermining it? How can we talk with Canadians? Has there been progress, and if so, what and why?

THINGS THAT HAVE STAYED WITH US

So what have we taken away from the hundreds of conversations and data points? 

Despite record levels of concern and support for climate action, actual public support for energy solutions and climate policies is fragile and fickle. Neither leaders nor the public are acting to transition to clean energy at the pace or scale required.  

Many of us are uncertain about the pathway forward, which makes us vulnerable to misinformation and apathy.

The stories we shape and share have a profound impact on who we think we are, what we think other people think, and critically, what we think is possible.

Nearly half of Canadians turn to friends and family for information. Our search for new messengers may be less about engaging more experts and more about supporting storytellers in our families and communities to give voice to the things they care about.

As we move into a new year of change and uncertainty, we want to share our appreciation for all of you who’ve made the past year possible.

So a big thank you: to the funders who support our work; to the Re.Climate team who wake up early and go to bed late; to the collaborators and communicators who show up every week to wrestle challenges and share advice; to the researchers and scholars who provide insights and expertise; and to the Carleton staff who patiently answered our endless questions and committed to helping us succeed. We couldn’t do this without you—may your generosity be of benefit to all.

Happy Birthday, Re.Climate!

Our Impact in 2023

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Events & Reports

In 2023 we published 3 major reports, and held 34 webinars, trainings, and briefings.

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“THANK YOU!!! I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you for the Canadian climate opinion report. Such a valuable, direction-changing, strategy-changing report for all climate communicators!”

Communications Trainings

Over the past year we’ve shared our expertise dozens of times with governments, professional networks, industry partners, funders, and climate advocates, reaching and training over 1,280 climate communicators in Canada.

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“It was excellent. In the past year I’ve sat in on many webinars, and this was truly one of the most pertinent and helpful. Thank you!”

Our Team

Our team almost doubled in 2023, growing from 6 to 11 amazing, dedicated staff. A huge welcome to everyone who joined us this year: Ghadah, Louise, Jessica, Emma, and Jenny. We’re thrilled to have you on the team!

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Amber Bennett  |  Executive Director

Chris Russill  |  Academic Director

Barbara Leckie  |  Academic Director

Louise Comeau  |  Senior Advisor

Cara Pike  |  Senior Advisor

James Meadowcroft  |  Senior Advisor

Ghadah Alrasheed  |  Resource and Training Director

Jessica von Handorf  |  Operations Director

Maria Granados  |  Research Assistant

Emma Bider  |  Research Assistant

Jenny Kliever  |  Research Assistant

Testimonial
“These emails, recordings, events, discussions, and access to these types of reports and information are invaluable to me. [...] I find solace in the work that Re.Climate is doing.”