2.1 Committee on Improving Climate Change Communication

Wednesday, 9 January 2013: 8:45 AM
Room 8ABC (Austin Convention Center)
Raymond J. Ban, Ban & Associates, Marietta, GA; and P. J. Croft

The AMS Committee to Improve Climate Change Communication (CICCC) was formed in the Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise (CWCE) in August 2010 to “Facilitate communication among members of the weather and climate community so as to foster greater understanding about the spectrum of views on climate change.” Since then, CICCC has held several meetings and conference calls, formed two standing Working Groups and conducted two Workshops to foster respectful interaction within the community. As a part of the First Symposium on the Weather and Climate Enterprise, CICCC will conduct a three-hour session divided into three parts. The first part will provide updates on the activities of CICCC since it was formed. This will include presentations on standing Working Groups and the Workshops that have taken place. The second part will be a panel discussion focused on Perspectives on Climate Change Communications Challenges. Panelists representing various segments of the Enterprise will share their unique perspectives on the issues they face with regard to climate change communication and the impact the divisiveness within our community has had on their ability to be successful in their jobs. The final part will be a moderated discussion between speakers representing various positions in the spectrum of scientific viewpoints on climate change. The intent is to discuss climate change in a meaningful and constructive manner knowing/acknowledging we don't all agree and acknowledging that we need 'ground rules' of engagement so that we can have a discourse rather than a standoff. Speakers will include two, high profile, articulate scientists representing a pro-IPCC position and a contrary-IPCC position. The goal is to have an interaction that demonstrates how it is possible to enhance understanding and respectful discussion focusing on science, not politics. A wrap-up will be conducted by the moderator/facilitator to identify the positive outcomes of such interaction and provide a template of engagement moving forward.
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