Your money or your love? The choice for climate change communications

I was recently asked to speak in a debate at the AGM of Stop Climate Chaos Coalition Scotland. I was proposing:

To tackle climate change we must engage people’s natural & deep-seated concern for the well-being of others.

On the other side, Colin Howden of Transform Scotland, argued:

To achieve action on climate change, we need to communicate in economic and financial terms.

The debating chamber with its black and white arguments is not my natural habitat, but it was an opportunity to try and develop a five minute presentation about Common Cause. Usually it’s a one day workshop — and we are now developing a six month action learning programme. The chair told me I actually spoke for about eight minutes — must try and ad lib less.

Here are my slides, annotated to make sense of them without a speaker. (For best viewing: click ‘start Prezi’, click fullscreen icon, and use for the forward button.)

It was too good natured an event to come to a vote, but I think it’s fair to say that the Common Cause argument carried the day.