Understanding multiple points of view and perspectives about climate can help make you credible to your audience, as well as, open to their concerns and questions. These steps will prepare you to avoid difficulties, while still managing passionate opinions and discussions. With practice, a thoughtful interpreter can almost always preempt conflict and turn controversy into an opportunity for connection for the visitors.
Controversy can occur any time and in many settings where climate change is involved. It often arises from audiences feeling threatened that their perspectives aren/t understood, or if they’re feeling overwhelmed or outnumbered. Acknowledging that there are different perspectives is a gesture of respect and inclusion that almost always diffuses conflict. Here are some tangible tools to assist you in being prepared for any circumstance.