Event Guide – First climate conversations

We run this event with groups of people who are not (yet) engaged in climate change. It is designed as an introduction to thinking about, and talking about, climate change.

The session includes 3 group activities that allow participants to discuss climate change with their peers and to have a ‘climate conversation’ for the first time. It encourages people to consider why climate change is relevant to us here in Scotland, introduces some climate actions that they could take, and gives them tips on how to talk about climate change.

Suggested length of session 1 hr 15 min
Audience Community
Maximum number of people Dependant on venue
Delivery location In person (could be adapted to deliver online)
Resources Session plan & resources (PDF)
Game: Play your cards right from Eco Action Games

What to do before

You will need to:

  • Order the game in plenty of time for delivery (if using).
  • Find a suitable venue and book.
  • Set up a booking system so that you can limit numbers and keep track of who’s coming. We use Eventbrite. If you are working with an existing community group, you might not need to do this.
  • Promote the event, if it is open to the public.
  • Send reminder emails to attendees, with details of the date and venue, to make sure people remember to come along.
  • Make sure you know the script and run time of each section. Adapt our detailed Event Guide to suit your needs.
  • Prepare your resources and print off enough sets for the number of groups you intend to have.

IMPORTANT: We recommend that you carry out a risk assessment, and make sure your organisation has any necessary liability insurance in place. During COVID you may require to collect track and trace registration information from event attendees.

What to do during

The session is made up of 3 group activities. You can top and tail it with an introduction and summary promoting your own projects, or an ice-breaker activity.

Our detailed session plan is here (PDF document) – it includes a detailed script, timetable and resources for the session. You are welcome to adapt this. This table shows a summary of the main activities.

Activity Activity Description Learning
Activity 1: Protecting what you love & local impacts In groups, participants discuss various photos of Scotland, picking images that really stand out and considering how climate change might impact that place, person or activity. They then reflect on what that means to their lives.   Climate change is impacting us locally. It is happening here and now. It is relevant to me and my favorite places.
Activity 2: Play Your Eco-Actions Right card game   £75 + p&p from Eco Action Games or make your own The cards describe a variety of environmental actions alongside their estimated carbon  saving. Teams have to guess whether one eco action will have a higher or lower carbon saving impact than the action that comes before it.   Making simple changes to our everyday routines can reduce our personal carbon contributions. Different activities have different footprints.
Activity 3: Talking about the climate emergency Working in groups, participants discuss statement cards, sorting them into two piles –  empowering statements that inspire action, and statements that close down the climate conversation and switch you off.  The groups then pick examples that stood out to them, leading to discussion on what works/doesn’t work and why, when it comes to talking climate. We need to talk about climate change and encourage action. Make it personal, keep it relevant, focus on the positives and other tips for talking about climate change.

What to do after

You could carry out a follow up survey a couple of months after the workshop to find out if participants have changed any behaviours or had any climate conversations. An easy way to do this is SurveyMonkey or Google Forms.


Try to keep conversations positive – acknowledge the impacts and urgency of climate change, but try to move onto the positives of action as quickly as you can.

An alternate way to use the eco-action cards that gets the group moving around, is to ask participants to rank the carbon savings from highest to lowest by forming a line, before revealing the answers.

For activity 3, emphasise that there is no right or wrong answer, but that the cards are there to produce discussion. How statement are read out may influence which pile they go in and encourage the groups not to get too caught up on the precise language used.

Give plenty of opportunity for participants to ask questions.

Event Guide shared by Greener Kirkcaldy.

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