“Climate Matters Program for TV Weathercasters” has been designated a Landmark
behavior change case study and added to the collection of over 200 behavior change case studies available at www.toolsofchange.com
. Tools of Change Landmark
case studies are peer-selected to recognize behavior change programs and approaches that are among the most successful, innovative, replicable and adaptable in the world. For information on our case study nomination process go to www.toolsofchange.com/en/landmark/
. The next deadline for nominating programs is June 6, 2022.
Climate Matters trains and supports American TV weathercasters to report on the local impacts of climate change while reflecting current scientific knowledge and concerns. The program provides participating newscasters with weekly story packages with local data and broadcast-quality graphics that visualize the data. Because of an overt conflict in the meteorology community about opposing views of climate change, the program engaged a conflict mediator who worked with small groups of opinion-leading weathercasters to surface and work through the entrenched conflicts. As climate reporting became increasingly normative, the program ensured that everyone in the weathercasting community knew the behaviors were gaining in popularity. As of 31 October 2020, there were 968 participating weathercasters in 483 local TV stations, in 92% of all US media markets and 99 of the top 100 media markets. Viewers exposed to their climate education became more likely to understand that climate change is already a 'here, now, us' problem. https://toolsofchange.com/en/case-studies/detail/743