We know talking about our Ecological Footprint and climate change more broadly can be tricky. It’s not exactly the most cheerful topic to bring up with friends and family. And we know taking action on climate change and natural resource constraints can feel daunting, sometimes even overwhelming. But talking about the challenges and sharing experiences with others can help overcome fears and defensiveness dealing with these issues. Indeed, a handful of studies compiled by Carbon Conversations in the UK show that participants in their 6- to 12-conversations program did intend to reduce carbon emissions.

So we invite you to speak up and have a Footprint conversation with a friend, family member, and/or colleague.

To give you a little help, we suggest you check out this fun, short video (only 4 minutes) titled “The Secret to Talking About Climate Change.” It was produced by the Alliance for Climate Education and inspired by the research of Dr. Renee Lertzman, an expert in the psychosocial aspects of climate change communications, who has also collaborated with Global Footprint Network.

We are counting all the steps taken to #MoveTheDate. More steps mean more impact.

Share a picture of yourself after your Footprint conversation on social media with the hashtag #MoveTheDate, and you will be entered to win a Footprint Chamption t-shirt (below).

More steps to #MoveTheDate

I travel with an eco-sensibility

I travel with an eco-sensibility

June 29, 2018

I start a population conversation

I start a population conversation

June 28, 2018

I streamline my wardrobe

I streamline my wardrobe

June 11, 2018

I dive into data

I dive into data

June 3, 2018

I beef up my plant-based diet

I beef up my plant-based diet

June 3, 2018

I commute social

I commute social

June 3, 2018

I challenge my city leaders to #MoveTheDate

I challenge my city leaders to #MoveTheDate

June 1, 2018

I’ll be a garbage collector for a day

I’ll be a garbage collector for a day

June 1, 2018

I start a Footprint conversation

I start a Footprint conversation

June 1, 2018

I design my own step to #movethedate

I design my own step to #movethedate

May 30, 2018