Communicating climate change attribution: A toolkit for raising risk awareness

Submitted by Anna Hickman | published 28th Feb 2017 | last updated 14th Jun 2018
This short film introduces the Raising Risk Awareness (RRA) initiative.

Introduction

The Raising Risk Awareness initiative assesses whether climate change has contributed to extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and heatwaves in several countries of East Africa and South Asia.

The initiative brings together scientists, vulnerability experts and knowledge brokers and is formed of CDKN, Climate Central, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), University of Oxford and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD).

By determining whether an extreme weather event was the result of climate change, scientists can make quantitative statements about how climate change has altered the risk of an event occurring in the future. This can help decision-makers and the public to prioritise adaptation solutions and reduce vulnerability.

One of the project’s principal goals is to increase understanding of the impacts of climate change and help journalists and other communicators to spread accurate information. For this purpose, the partners are offering resources to help communicate the findings of the initiative, including:

  • infographics & factsheets
  • presentations & films
  • high-quality images
  • science papers and briefings

The resources are free to use by anyone reporting on the initiative, or communicating the implications of attributing extreme weather events to climate change.

View the toolkit here: www.cdkn.org/climaterisk