Talk as if Climate Change Matters


Communicating climate change to motivate action has been a challenge. Recent research shows there is a better way.

About this Event

Communicating climate change to motivate action has been a challenge.

The scientific community has provided more and more evidence that action needs to happen now. But this approach has caused many in the broader society to feel paralyzed into inaction.

Recent research and focus group testing has shown that there is a better way.

Dr. Louise Comeau will join us in sharing what social science teaches us on how to talk about climate change. Values, ethics, and compassion, more than facts, are the key to success.

She says "One of the most important things we can do about climate change is to talk about it. It's not always easy to start a conversation on climate change or to know how best to do it."

Dr. Louise Comeau

Louise is an independent researcher and communications specialist through Iris Communications and a Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick.

Her communication, policy and education recommendations are based on quantitative and qualitative research. She has almost 30 years’ experience in analyzing and developing climate change policy, communications, and solutions-related programming. Louise lives in Keswick Ridge with her partner Tom where they homestead and engage with students through site visits, teaching and research at the University of New Brunswick. Louise completed a PhD in Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton in 2014. Her research explored the environmental ethics associated with environmental practices. She completed her master’s in environmental education and communication at Royal Roads University in 2008. Dr. Comeau conducts research and evidence-based approaches in the fields of:

  • Environmental education and communications
  • Environmental ethics
  • Pro-environmental behaviors (citizenship and lifestyle)
  • Sociology of climate change, energy diversification, and energy literacy


$10 - in advance (this price includes HST and Eventbrite fees)

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eMERGE fights climate change.

We do this by helping people reduce energy and water use. Promoting smart behaviour, policy and improved efficiency helps Guelph build a road map to beat climate change and achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050. This builds a more diversified local economy that can also save people money.

September 30, 2019

10c, 4th floor, 42 Carden St, Guelph