CLEAN Teleconference Call September 14, 2021

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Bill Finnegan and Josh Ettinger introduce a new campaign they started to help encourage conversations about climate change

Abstract: In this session, Bill Finnegan and Josh Ettinger – two PhD students at the University of Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment – will introduce a new campaign they started to help encourage conversations about climate change. Their campaign seeks to inspire and track 26,000 climate conversations around the world by November 1, 2021, the first day of the United Nations COP26 conference in Glasgow. Messages from these conversations will also be sent to COP. In their talk, they will discuss why climate conversations are one of the most powerful, yet most often forgotten forms of individual climate action.They are seeking CLEAN's advice and feedback on how their campaign could be used as an engaging exercise inboth formal and informal educational settings.


Josh's interdisciplinary doctoral research explores the notion of 'teachable moments' in the wake of extreme weather events. In particular, he is examining the potential role of extreme event attribution in helping galvanize support among the public for climate action by connecting human-driven climate change to specific extreme weather events. Prior to Oxford, he worked at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in a variety of roles, including as a senior communications associate, science and policy program assistant, and personal assistant to AAAS CEO Dr Rush Holt. He holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the School of Geography and the Environment, on which he now works as a teaching assistant, and a BA from Hofstra University Honors College. He also runs science storytelling workshops for NGOs, research groups and students based on earlier experiences working in the entertainment industry (e.g., as a production intern at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and a lifelong passion for screenwriting and filmmaking.

Bill is based in the energy team of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute, and his research explores secondary-school energy and climate programmes and youth climate activism in the UK. In 2003, Bill co-founded Tamarack Media Cooperative, a digital communications firm that supports a wide range of environmental organisations. Bill's documentary films and multimedia productions have appeared on US public television, the BBC, and in film festivals around the world, and he is also a contributor to the online publication The Conversation. Bill received the 2016 Director's Award from the North American Association for Environmental Education, 2010 TogetherGreen Fellowship from National Audubon Society and Toyota, and 2007 New Voices Award from J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism at American University. In 2022 he will be based at the Alan Turing Institute for data science and artificial intelligence through their doctoral enrichment scheme.

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