The Royal Meteorological Society is inviting community leaders across England to join a free online training session.

The purpose of these 90-minute sessions is to support understanding of climate change and provide the knowledge and confidence to talk about climate change within local communities.

The training sessions will cover the science of climate change, including how changes in our polar regions impact the wider world and the actions that governments are taking to tackle the problem.

Community leaders will have the chance to learn and see examples of how climate change impacts their region. There will be an opportunity to share and discuss local experiences, learn from peers, and understand how best to communicate this critical topic more widely.

One feedback from a previous training session went: “Thank you so much. The sessions were really useful.

“I understand a lot more now, and how Oldham Libraries can use this info with our community groups. Very accessible information”.

The Royal Meteorological Society will deliver the training in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey thanks to funding awarded by the Natural Environmental Research Council (part of UK Research & Innovation) through its Growing Roots public engagement funding opportunity. Training sessions will take place between October 2022 and February 2023 and have a capacity of 20 individuals per session (maximum of two attendees per organisation per session, or five across the whole series).

Some training sessions will have an additional regional focus, as specified in the event titles below.

• Wednesday 16 November – 18:30-20:00 – Community Leaders Climate Change Training
• Thursday 26 January - 18:30-20:00 – Community Leaders Climate Change Training