Towards climate action

Peter Martin

Despite decades of warnings from scientists and environmentalists, the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources continues. We are locked in to ways of living and working that impede change.

Most environmental damage remains unseen from day to day and goes unheeded until cumulative effects trigger some kind of step change in the world around us such as extreme weather, floods, crop loss, ill health, migration or the extinction of species.

During the next two weeks, a campaign of civil disobedience will see protests against fossil fuel projects in many countries around the world.

Caught between the warnings of scientists and environmental campaigners on one hand and immutable economic and industrial systems on the other, even the champions within organisations can struggle to resolve conflicting aims. Those around them can become jaded. A fresh look and new insights are needed to rekindle interest.

Intriguing head office installation for Environment Day

Intriguing head office installation for Environment Day


In organisations, the scope for change is often even more constrained: effort is trammelled into defined roles and goals, exacerbated by the unspoken fears often associated with questioning the status quo or stepping out of line. And yet the need to gain impetus becomes ever more urgent. So how can you succeed in these circumstances?

Multi-stakeholder conversations help mutual understanding

Multi-stakeholder conversations help mutual understanding

The first step is to find a way to gain attention. While stark warnings and scare stories remain widely used, they rarely engender a positive response. An interactive face-to-face workplace event that invites involvement can be more effective. This can be enhanced with skilled facilitation, the use of images such as the Pictures of Success and also by bringing data to life with the unique science-based visual approach developed by Carbon Visuals and being taken forward by Real World Visuals.

A striking image can provoke interest. One day's world carbon dioxide emissions (2012 average = 106,902,955 tonnes) shown by volume over New York. Image: Carbon Visuals 

A striking image can provoke interest.

One day's world carbon dioxide emissions (2012 average = 106,902,955 tonnes) shown by volume over New York. Image: Carbon Visuals 

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