Communicating climate change: A practitioner’s guide

Mairi Dupar, with Lisa McNamara, Maria-Jose Pacha
Posted on: 7/12/2019 - Updated on: 8/03/2019

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Zizipho Royi



The guide is full of tips for communicating climate change effectively, drawn from CDKN’s experience in South Asia and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. It is by practitioners and for practitioners. If you have ever tried to explain to colleagues in your organisation, policy-makers, or the broader public how the climate is changing, how it affects them, and what they can do about it, then this guide is for you. Whether you are in government, business, civil society or academia, when we refer to ‘climate communicators’, we mean you! The guide is intended to fill a gap in sharing practitioners’ experiences about climate communications in the Global South. A large amount has been written and debated on how best to communicate climate issues in industrialised countries with a view to both influencing policy debates and changing broader public awareness and behaviour. However, this considerable literature is mostly ‘Northern’ – focusing principally on convincing a sceptical or apathetic public in North America, Europe or Australasia.


Dupar, M., with McNamara, L. and Pacha, M (2019) Communicating climate change: A practitioners guide. Cape Town: Climate and Development Knowledge Network