Climate Myths and Facts: How to talk about them and where to look for them

Were you looking for something positive about last year? Here it is. There are fewer cars in the cities and fewer planes in the sky. And similar restrictions, according to some analyzes, should lead to a reduction in emissions of 4 to 8%. This means that we emit 2 to 3 billion tones less of CO2 into the atmosphere. Do you know where to look for similar data, information and verified sources? How to avoid half-truths and how to discuss the climate? Thanks to the panel discussion of the Impact Hub Climate Challenge program, we can get you all the answers.

Talk about the climate within your personal “environment”

“Global warming doesn’t exist, it’s freezing in the winter,”, “China and India are to blame,” a „“It’s too late to do anything about it.”. The climate debate is accompanied by many myths. And the biggest one? “It doesn’t concern me; I can’t do anything about it.” According to Sona Jonášová, the founder of the Institute of Circular Economics, each of us should be involved. You can start, for example, by taking an interest in the problem, reading a few articles and talking about them with the people you know. It doesn’t matter that you don’t know the answers to all the questions about climate change. It is a complex issue, and it is okay for your views and knowledge to evolve over time.

The most important is to find common ground with those who deny or spread lies about climate change. How to talk to such person? Be a partner, not an opponent. “Speak the language of the person you are talking with. Don’t use professional or vague terms unnecessarily, and try to be yourself,” advises Soňa Jonášová. So, what’s a good way to talk about the climate such that others remember the facts and not the myths? “First describe the facts to whomever you are speaking with, and only then state the myth and explain what is wrong with it. Finally, repeat what the situation really is so that they remember just that, “advises Ondráš Přibyla, the founder of the Climate Facts project. Ondráš clearly explains the whole issue and dispels myths about climate change. He draws data from scientific institutions such as NASA, Eurostat, and others and processes them into clear infographics. You will learn, for example, why warming by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius is a problem, or how the average temperature in the Czech Republic has increased since the 1960s.