In order to best address climate change within your workforce, it’s important to ensure that your staff members are motivated to integrate addressing climate change as a priority in their professional and personal lives. With the right combination of incentivization, communication and reinforcement, your team will coalesce around climate change as a priority, and this mindfulness have a positive effect on operations both large and small.
Your guests are often actively looking for ways to combat climate change in their life. In one study, 44 percent of people surveyed said they “believe their actions are too small to help stop climate change” and 32% said they “do not feel knowledgeable about their actions they can take.” Only 55% of participants in this study believe they are doing enough to fight climate change. Museums, zoos, and botanical gardens have the opportunity to extend the reach of their impact against climate change by educating visitors about what they can do to help the planet. Successfully engaging visitors about climate action is essential for sustainable change to combat climate change.
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Listed below are the Internal Engagement goals of the Climate Toolkit:
- Pay for Environmental Performance: The Effect of Incentive Provision on Carbon Emissions (Harvard University)
- Reducing Your Carbon Footprint At Work (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions)
- Companies Incentivizing Employees To Live Greener, Promote Sustainability (The Environmental Magazine)
- Lack of Incentives Prevent Employees Going Green at Work (GreenBiz)
- Parking, Transportation and Energy Incentives at Phipps Conservatory (Phipps Conservatory)
Listed below are the External Engagement goals of the Climate Toolkit:
Climate change can feel daunting, but you can help your visitors take a big first step in living more sustainably by helping them transition their household to a green power energy provider.
- Help Your Guests Track Their Carbon Footprints (Climate Toolkit)
- A Win-Win-Win: Getting Guests to Switch to Renewable Energy for Powering their Homes (Climate Toolkit)
Fossil-free horticulture includes eliminating gas powered lawn and garden equipment, excluding pesticides and herbicides, and planting native and drought resistant plants. Practicing fossil-fuel horticulture helps to improve and protect the local ecosystem, connects individuals to their local environment and provides positive health outcomes for gardeners. Educating visitors about fossil-free horticulture will help them to enjoy gardening more responsibly.
Organic farming practices were created to work in harmony with nature by protecting the soil health without synthetic pesticides and herbicides, using crop rotations with cover crops, and composting. Teaching guests the importance of organic food systems will support the healthy building of the soil and further connect visitors to the food system.
- Growing Organic: Food That Is Good for You and the Planet (Phipps Conservatory)
Food choices can have a huge effect on the environment. Eating a plant-rich diet and reducing food waste can significantly diminish emissions and encouraging your guests to do the same can have an incredible multiplier effect.
Educating your guests is a starting tool to help them make sustainable changes in their lives. Botanical gardens, museums and zoos can encourage their guests to bring sustainability into their backyards and daily lives through gardening, eating, day-to-day activities and more.
- Watch the Climate Toolkit Webinar: Climate Communication – How to Talk to Your Stakeholders About Climate Change Climate Action: The Time Is Now (Climate Toolkit)
- Education Crucial to Accelerate Climate Action (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)
- Yale’s Program on Climate Change Communication (Yale Program on Climate Change Communication)
- World Climate Simulation (Climate Interactive)
- Seeding the Future: Using a Youth Climate Advisory Committee to Inspire the Next Generation of Climate Advocacy (Phipps Conservatory)