Climate Risk project – defining and communicating climate-related risk

In August, 2021, seven fellowships were awarded to 10 academics and practitioners with expertise in climate risk and its communication.

The fellowships, managed by Cambridge Zero (University of Cambridge) and the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, launched with the Climate Risk Summit (September 2021), a three-day conference where climate risk was tackled from a variety of angles –climate science, public health, neuroscience, law, finance, sustainability and communications.

Building on insights from the Summit, the Climate Risk fellows have created a variety of resources, including blogs, a handbook and a toolkit on climate risk communication, technical reports and more. 

Climate Risk Summit, 29 September – 1 October 2021

The Summit provided a forum for discussion of climate risk topics, an opportunity to connect policy, academic and student audiences both nationally and internationally, and an occasion to build further capacity in the community of climate change experts in communicating risk effectively to different audiences.

The first two days of the Summit consisted of six interdisciplinary panel discussions with audience interaction focused on characterising climate risks and discussing resilience-building in different sectors. The final day consisted of a 4-hour workshop on the effective communication of climate-related risk to decision makers and key stakeholders.

Resources on climate-related risk communication

Communicating Climate Risk: a handbook

Communicating Climate Risk: a handbook

By Climate Risk fellow Freya Roberts, with Kris De Meyer and Lucy Hubble Rose (UCL Climate Action Unit)

This is a practical guide to communicating climate risk, designed for those working at the interface of climate science and policy. It explains insights from psychology and neuroscience on how our brains engage with the idea of climate risk, it highlights journalism hacks for writing about risk clearly, it shares lessons learned from the authors' experience working with policymakers on climate risk, and it offers a set of useful questions to help other researchers ascertain what policymakers need from climate risk research.
Contact the authors on Twitter @UCL_CAU or email for further information.

Download it here: Communicating Climate Risk: a handbook

Communicating Climate Risk: a toolkit

Communicating Climate Risk: a toolkit

By Climate Risk fellows Jo Walton and Polina Levontin (AU4DM)

This resource seeks to narrow the gap between climate science and climate action, by providing insights, recommendations, and tools for all forms of climate-related communication and decision-making, and identifies open problems. It draws together best practice on the effective communication of climate information from across STEM, social sciences, and arts and humanities. The Toolkit builds on previous work by AU4DM and partly emerges from conversations at and around the COP26 Universities Network Climate Risk Summit, as well as survey questions shared with its participants.

Download it here: Communicating Climate Risk: a toolkit