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Prof. Walter Leal
ICCIP's Director

This first decade of the 21st Century has shown how much still needs to be done in respect of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, but also in respect of communication, education and training on climate change. Therefore, the Decade 2011-2020 needs to be the "Decade of Climate Change Education, Awareness and Training" and ICCIP will be running various projects and will organise many activities, to achieve this goal.


Some of the most common misconceptions related to climate change are:

  1. Climate change is too abstract an issue
  2. Climate change is too broad a topic
  3. Climate change is mostly a technical matter where calculations and forecasts are made
  4. There are no trained people to handle the approach of climate change topics in an understandable way
  5. The amount of resources needed to communicate climate change do not justify it
  6. 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":

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.