This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Nature Conservancy. All opinions are 100% mine.
Why Have a Climate Change Conversation with Your Family?
Did you know that 97% of scientists agree that climate change is happening and caused by human activity? We need to be sharing this information so we can all work together to make a difference. Sometimes I don’t know if my family takes climate change as seriously as they should. Recently I decided to bring up some information that I thought would open their eyes and minds but didn’t want to step on toes. Thankfully, starting a climate change conversation is easier than you think.
How Do I start the Climate Change Conversation?
I think it’s important to make any climate change conversation light and friendly. Thankfully I recently learned about a free ebook from The Nature Conservancy, Let’s Talk Climate, that helps make it easy to start the climate change conversation. Nature gives us so many beautiful gifts. We all need to work to together to promote conservation. I want to be able to enjoy this view from my front porch for as long as possible.
My kids are all adults. The two oldest are married, so I always say we have a family of seven. Most Sunday nights we gather for a shared family meal It’s a way to reconnect and catch up on all of the important things in our kid’s lives. Good food and good company help make good conversation. My kids enjoy food and fun, so I made the climate change conversation a natural part of our weekly talks. When you get a table full of witty and opinionated adults in one space things can get heated quickly. The comments will fly but it’s always taken with stride. I didn’t want to seem hostile or condescending so I started with a few open-ended questions. I chose a few topics that I knew would resonate with my adult children. They all enjoy outdoor activities, the beach and their fancy coffee drinks, so it was the perfect place to start. Associating their favorite things with climate change, made some ears perk up.
Keeping things light and casual instead of spewing facts and figures helped put things in a new perspective. I did a lot more listening than talking. I was actually surprised by the opinions that were shared. My kids actually take climate change a bit more seriously than I gave them credit for. The Nature Conservancy’s Let’s Talk Climate guide really helped me navigate the conversation with respect for all sides. It gave me the confidence I needed to share my thoughts and suggestions with the whole family.
One thing we all agreed to focus on was having less waste. Having a good water bottle and travel mug means you can still have your fancy drinks, but enjoy them in a non-disposable cup.
Where Can I Find More Information?
The Nature Conservancy is the perfect place to find more information. For more than 65 years, they have has been leading the way toward a future where nature and people can thrive together. Over 500 scientists are on staff working in all 50 states and in 72 countries around the world,
Start Planning a Climate Change Conversation Today
Getting your guide is easy! First of all, it’s free, so we all can take advantage of the resource. Inside the pages of the guide, you will find four simple tips to help you start the climate change conversation. The tips were definitely useful in navigating a topic that could be controversial if not presented with an open mind.
- Visit The Nature Conservancy website.
- Enter your name.
- Enter your email.
- Download your free guide.
It doesn’t get much easier than that. Start today. You can make a difference. We can all work together to continue to conserve and enjoy the beauty around us for many years to come!