Thanks for using this resource and your interest in learning more about cogeneration. It is our pleasure to re-introduce you to our Intergenerational Conversations Guide.
We created this resource to strengthen your conversational skills across various age perspectives, educational, and personal backgrounds. No matter if you are an educator, student, community organizer or interested in taking climate action… This guide is for you!
“One of the biggest barriers young climate activists face is that our own way of speaking in the streets isn’t normalized within governments or the United Nations (…) Our presence in these institutions is important because it communicates to the people inside what’s happening to communities outside and vice versa.”
– XIYE BASTIDA (said with 20 years)
Organizer for Fridays for Future,
Co-Founder of the Re-Earth Initiative
Creating Alternative Pasts to the Future
Unpacking Time and Ageism
What if one single image could contain all the experiences in this lifetime?
That’s what the James Webb Telescope captured in this historic picture of the first galaxies, when the universe was formed 13 million years ago.
As you process the magnitude of this discovery, take a moment to reflect on the individual/collective understanding of ‘age’ and ‘time’.
The following tips aim to leverage climate action for the building of stronger relationships between people who have a different generational and/or educational perspectives:
Lead with purpose: Convey an emotional or personal connection to climate action and environmental justice. Connect through your WHY. You want to inspire others to get behind you!
Embrace new dynamics. Choose passion, not defensiveness: In the heat of a discussion, it is common to feel excitement, anger, or frustration. Embrace these feelings and elaborate on how climate issues impact you emotionally.
Be willing and receptive. Practice active listening: Understanding different perspectives will provide you with more tools to bypass climate denial, ease eco-anxiety, and ultimately take action.
Avoid invalidating or patronizing someone’s experience. Don’t question others’ abilities or skill sets. Instead, try rewarding their efforts and encouraging them to keep doing more if they can.
“My identity is not tied up with being a climate activist, but I sure as hell see myself as a father and grandfather who wants only the best for my offspring. Intergenerational discussions, if done right, have the potential to tap into that deep emotional commitment that goes far beyond the science and politics of the issue to motivate action”
– ROBERT LOEB
Author of the Climate Petition to AARP
Time Travel Game: “Guess when…”
This game is similar to “Guess Who?” (or “Who Am I?”) and is designed to build your cogeneration skills and empathy. Click the button below to read the instructions and start playing with your family and/or friends!
- Kids, it’s time to give your parents ‘the talk.’ Not that one, the one on climate change (Michael A. Smyer)
- Check out the Good Energy Playbook and their Our Possible Futures: Maria’s Two Worlds interactive article
- A guide created by the NRDC to Talking With Kids of All Ages About Climate Change or their article on How to Argue with People You Know and Love—IRL