First, we recommend listening to this short ten-minute podcast by Dr. Heather Baitz, with the personal and psychological advice for becoming a climate guide:
This also available as a 2-page And here is a suggested timetable for a Circle
A Suggested Timetable 7pm is just a suggested start time, to show the use of 90 minutes
Overview of our Community Climate Circles purpose. Mostly discussion, share useful information.
7:10 Social Circle
You (the Connector) go first, then invite each person to share. One minute each, 10 people = 10 minutes. Importance of role-modeling the personal introduction. Then invite someone to go next. Keep a close eye on the time.
(a) Name, where you live, who’s in your household?
(b) On a scale of 0-10, what level of concern do you have about the climate crisis? Keep a note of people’s scores, but not attached to their names.
7:20 Summary of the Climate Emergency.
- We urgently need to reduce our climate pollution if we want to give our children and grandchildren a chance at the kind of life we have today, when they are grown. (Share map of world at 4 degrees warmer).
- Vancouver’s climate action video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WQYKkbdhCM
- Poll data from July 2019:
- 82% rated climate change as an extremely serious or serious problem
- 42% believed it was already an emergency
- 20% believed it would become an emergency in the next few years.
- It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Personal sharing as to why you are motivated to organize this Community Climate Circle.
7:30 Our household climate pollution comes from four sources
- Burning oil to drive our vehicles, and to power airplane flights
- Using oil, gas or wood to heat our homes
- The food we eat (meat and dairy) and the food we waste.
- The stuff we buy
This means there are four ways to reduce or eliminate our household climate pollution.
- Switch to an electric vehicle, a more fuel-efficient car, and/or more use of transit, walking and biking. Take fewer flights. Electric Vehicles Info Sheet: https://communityclimateconnectors.ca/2021/02/23/do-you-wonder-about-switching-to-an-electric-vehicle/
- Install a heat pump to replace an oil, gas or wood heater: or write to your landlord or condo strata council, to get the process moving. Home Energy Info Sheet: https://communityclimateconnectors.ca/2021/03/24/your-home/
- Eat less meat (especially beef) and dairy, and throw away less food. Food Impacts Info Sheet: https://communityclimateconnectors.ca/2021/03/10/our-food-choices/
- Buy less stuff – can you share more, and buy second hand?
7:50 Go-around to share steps that participants may have already taken to reduce their climate pollution, or changes they are thinking about making, or would like to learn more about. 10 x 2 minutes each = 20 minutes
8:10 Questions and discussion. What would enable you to make these changes? What support might you want?
Digital Participants Survey to circulate after we finish. Explain why. Guarantee that people’s emails will be kept private. Share your email, and invite people to send responses. All responses will be anonymized.
8:25 Shall we meet again, to share our progress? How soon suits people?
Post-Circle Survey for you to fill in as the Climate Connector.