In need of some environmental communication inspiration? Explore video playlists, take a look at the presentations, and programmes from previous Communicate conferences, with highlights including keynote speeches from Sir David Attenborough, Dame Fiona Reynolds and Jonathon Porritt
2019: Riding Waves, Changing Worlds
In 2019 we have seen environmental issues emerge dramatically at the forefront of public consciousness, thrusting into the mainstream. People are listening, but what is the message?
As communicators, we are operating in a complex social ecology where interventions, stories and behaviour change sit against a backdrop of political upheaval, upcoming policy change and an increasingly active movement of disenfranchised youth. With different groups promoting a disparate (and sometimes conflicting) collection of simple actions, how can the sector align our messages, take action and build clarity in a society that is increasingly engaged, but lacking clear direction?
2019: Changing Minds: Data Stories
Participatory biological recording in the UK is a triumph of public contribution to our collective knowledge of the natural world. Devoted volunteers and enthusiasts generate vast databanks supporting environmental policy, research and practice with baseline data for thousands of native and non-native UK species.
As threats to UK wildlife mount, the need to grow the evidence base for effective conservation becomes increasingly vital. We need effective communications tools to be able to share this amazing energy and support an accessible, well informed citizen science culture. What key stories should we be telling to empower local communities in spaces on their doorsteps, and develop the practical skills among the existing and emerging army of volunteers, advocates and citizen scientists that will provide the evidence base and help shape the discussion going forward?
2018: The Art of the Possible
As communicators in a complex, unpredictable world, there is an urgent need for pragmatic, proactive tools to seize on this time of unprecedented social and political change.
From plastics to climate change, habitat loss to nature connection, what can we each achieve to collectively engineer the right conditions and identify the catalysts of positive action? What can we learn from exploring the evolutionary history of the issues to help us navigate this complex ecology of change?
Communicate+ was a brand new conference for 2018 which brought together secondary students from across the West of England alongside cutting edge researchers, communicators and industry figures to:
- Young people had their say on the Government’s 25 year Environment Plan and helped shape communications to encourage other young people across the country to participate in the 2019 Year of Green Action. Young people in attendance conceived the official hashtag for the Year of Youth Environmental Action – #IWill4Nature
- Learn about key environmental issues, solutions, and the science behind them from leading experts in the field
- Receive training in how to communicate complex ideas in compelling ways, to convince others and develop the tools to turn ideas into action!
Communicate+ was co-hosted by Action For Conservation
2018: Changing Minds: Water Stories
What are the challenges – and the opportunities – in crafting effective messages for stakeholder and public audiences around water?
This event brought together a wide group of environmental professionals to discuss and debate approaches to communicating the value of water to public audiences, including review of current audience research, current campaigns, use of communication channels. Using the Bristol Avon Catchment area as a case study, delegates explored ideas that can implemented or scaled-up nationally.
2018: Changing Minds: Beyond Plastics
Environmental communication is in the spotlight as ocean and marine plastics are front and centre in public consciousness like never before. What has driven this global phenomenon – can it really just be Blue Planet 2? And most urgently, how can we now tackle the other major issues facing our water sources, and turn the spotlight on plastics campaigns into a tidal wave of other important environmental behaviours?
2017: Navigating Change
In a time of unprecedented social, economic and political change we urgently need proactive tools for successfully communicating environmental issues. Communicate went straight to the interface and asked some difficult questions about current approaches as we explored a shifting landscape of echo-chambers, divisive opinions and fake news.
150 delegates came together to discuss, debate, and built vital communications toolkits for the coming year over two days of inspiring content, cutting edge research, practical workshops and engaging discussion.
2017: Changing Minds: Tools from Behavioural Science
Understanding how people think, feel and respond to information is vital to successfully communicating environmental issues and influencing positive change. Expert researchers and communications practitioners brought together a diverse range of perspectives, using behavioural sciences to explore and influence a shifting landscape of echo-chambers, divisive opinions and fake news.
2015: Challenging Partnerships
2014: Changing Stories
2013: Stories for Change
2012: Breaking Boundaries
2011: Nature, People, Economics
2010: Connecting with Nature
2009: Valuing the Invaluable
2008: Messages for Change
Avon Wildlife Trust
Bath & North East Somerset Council
BBC Natural History Unit
Bristol City Council
Bristol Zoo Gardens
University of Bath
University of Bristol
University of the West of England
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
The Natural History Consortium is a charitable collaboration between these member organisations.
Engaging people with the natural world through collaborative action. Reg Charity 1123432