Most scientific findings do not reach the common masses as well as important stakeholders responsible for climate action. Every year new research publications continue to pile up on shelves, only read by a few experts due to the complex nature of the information. There exists a huge gap between researchers and practitioners leading to delayed on-ground climate action. People find it difficult to understand the information as it is far from relatable to their daily lives. An evident example of misinformation and climate inaction is the recent heat wave impact in India which has increased by a factor of 30 with no adequate adaptation measures in place. (India Today, 2022)
The Climate Beyond Borders (CBB) team seeks to bridge this knowledge gap by providing communication of scientific results in the simplest form to technical and non-technical audiences without altering the substance of the message. (CBB) is a network created by (2021-2022) from different countries with a common passion to bring positive change while the world is grappling with weather extremities, heat waves, food, and energy shortage, biodiversity loss, and mis-information. Together, the members strive to use their knowledge to look at climate change challenges holistically. The major strength of this group is diversity; we hail from different disciplines and can thus bring our unique focus on a complex problem like climate change.
The CBB initiative aims to continuously generate and disseminate climate change knowledge products that are applicable locally, regionally, and globally, providing a platform for discussion and collaboration for climate change experts and scholars.
In this coffee talk Climate Beyond Borders team will discuss why there is a need for interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and beyond borders collaboration to tackle the climate change crisis. They will also share how Climate Beyond Borders was born, its vision and goals, team motivation, and journey so far. The speakers will bring forth examples where climate change science communication has triggered local and global action. Join in to listen to the Climate Beyond Borders team share their network-building story. We are eager to hear your views and thoughts on how you perceive climate change and what more can be done to build resilience.