How to Run a Community Climate Circle

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

7:05 Welcome

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:  
  • 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. 

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?

8:30 End

Post-Circle Survey for you to fill in as the Climate Connector.

Published by Guy Dauncey

I am a speaker, author, activist and futurist who works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future and to translate that vision into action. I am founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, co-founder of the Victoria Car Share Cooperative, and the author or co-author of nine books, including the award-winning books Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic and The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming. My latest book is 'Journey to the Future: A Better World Is Possible' (December 2015). For my sins, I am also an Honorary Member of the Planning Institute of BC, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. My main website is I live at Yellow Point, near Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

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