Some of the most common misconceptions related to climate change are:
- Climate change is too abstract an issue
- Climate change is too broad a topic
- Climate change is mostly a technical matter where calculations and forecasts are made
- There are no trained people to handle the approach of climate change topics in an understandable way
- The amount of resources needed to communicate climate change do not justify it
- Climate change has too wide a scientific basis
If one carefully examines them, the above outlined misconceptions have quite deep roots. It is thus important to understand them so as to allow misconceptions to be overcome. The following activities will thus be performed by the "International Climate Change Information Programme":
- Organization of information events on different aspects of climate change, including environmental, social, economic and policy aspects;
- Production of books, book chapters, journal articles and information which may be disseminated via the media. The newly-created "International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management" is an example of the type of work planned;
- Execution of education, communication and awareness-raising projects on matters related to climate change in both industrialised and developing countries;
- Organisation of joint activities in cooperation with UN agencies, universities, scientific institutions, government bodies, NGOs and other stakeholders.
The "International Climate Change Information Programme" will also network people and organisations ways to discuss the problems, barriers, challenges and chances and potentials related to communication on climate change.
Ultimately, the "International Climate Change Information Programme" will break the barriers seen when one tries to communicate climate change and suggest measures to address the existing deficiencies.