By Adam Corner on July 28, 2016
All over the world – in different ways and for different reasons – elites and ‘the establishment’ are under attack. The one word that links Donald Trump, Podemos, Jeremy Corbyn, and the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union is ‘populism’ – and it is a strangely slippery concept to pin down.
In our work at Climate Outreach, we place a lot of emphasis on shifting the public conversation about climate change out of the margins of society and into the mainstream. We want to catalyse a sustained public conversation on climate change. You could call this an attempt to ‘popularise’ the climate discourse.
But what does that really mean? Here, we offer some reflections on how work on public engagement with climate change can shed light on the increasingly polarised political era we find ourselves in, and why constructive conversations are needed now more than ever.