Before the workshop

Two small "assignments" you need to do ahead of time that will make our workshop more fruitful.

  1. Complete the participant survey (two short essay questions).
  2. Pre-workshop readings/viewings. Read or watch two of the following (your choice) and prepare a one paragraph summary of each, distilling their key points. Try and pick a long one and a short one? Or read several of them: each of these has useful ideas that you may find inspirational.


8:30 Introductions

Who are you? Who am I? What are our motivations? What are our goals? What are the stakes?

Results of pre-workshop survey questions

Part 1: Motivated reasoning & cultural cognition

8:45 Think/Pair/Share:Why don't people agree about climate change?

9:00 Guided discussion on these topics:

Comparison with other geoscience fields (structure, petrology, hydrology)

Identity & cultural cognition

Dan Kahan's work

The Deficit Model

Inoculation theory


Shoot (for a good) Messenger

"What would it take to convince you otherwise?"

9:30 Think/Pair/Share: How can you apply the findings of this discussion to your teaching/outreach?

9:50 Bathroom + Coffee break

Part 2: Logical fallacies

10:00 Think/Pair/Share: How do people go about disagreeing about climate change?

10:15 Guided discussion. Topics:

Richard Feynman: "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. The rest is basic honesty."

Chinese proverb: "The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper names."

Identifying logical fallacies and responding to them.

Handout: Climate change fallacies handout (Acrobat (PDF) 67kB Jul19 17)

Putting facts in the appropriate context.

Is it always about logic? Climate change arguments on Skeptical Science

10:30 (With partners) Brainstorm, refine, and hone effective responses to common climate change denial arguments.

11:00 Overview of InTeGrate carbon module unit 1

11:15 Assign homework (!!!)

Don't worry; it's fun. And short.

Example blog post about a YouTube video.

11:20 Road Check Thursday

11:30 Adjourn for the day


8:30 Review of yesterday and feedback.

A first stab at a summary of conversational guidelines. Let's edit this together.

8:40 Review homework:



Part 3: Storytelling

8:55 Think/pair/share: What makes for a memorable or compelling story? What role should stories play in our discussion?

Guided discussion. Topics:

"ABT":And... But... Therefore...

Narrative examples w/ climate change (Volk & "Dave" the carbon atom)

A role for analogies?

A role for media?

9:50 Bathroom + Coffee break

10:00 Part 4: The Carbon Cycle

Overview of InTeGrate carbon module units 2, 3, and 6

Guiding principle: Carbon on Earth is a finite quantity, but it moves between different parts of the Earth system.

The Suess effect

10:15 Example activity demo: Carbon cycle game (Unit 2)

10:30 Building your own plan to apply relevant insights from this workshop to your own teaching

11:15 Workshop evaluation

11:30 Adjourn