The factsheets below cover a wide range of topics: the science of climate change, ideas for actions, dealing with the media, ideas for talks and presentations etc.
Some factsheets are a little out of date but are still very useful and we’ll do our best to update them as soon as we get a chance. (Most have printer friendly links which can also be used to save plain versions. For PDF's you need the free adobe acrobat reader).
THE BASICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
The basics of climate change
What it is and how to explain it to other people.
The other side
The arguments people put up against climate change and what you can say to counter them.
Fuel Facts (PDF 264kb)
Shows how the oil industry is trying to spin the facts so that levels of energy consumption stay just how they like it. Rising Tide info sheet.
INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY
Our concise take on what came out of the international climate talks, known as COP 6.5, in Bonn in July 2001.
A summary of the international process up to COP 6.5.
Climate Update (PDF 215kb)
Rising Tide info sheet explaining what governments are doing about climate change, what's happening to the Kyoto Protocol and how business lobby groups are are promoting their interests.
To Keep the Oil Flowing (PDF 1.54 MB)
A Conversation on Carbon Credits (DRAFT DOCUMENT) by Durban Group for Climate Justice.
COMMUNICATING CLIMATE CHANGE
An Activists Guide to Exploiting the Media By George Monbiot
A great media pack, loaded with advice, information and contacts for writing press releases, handling the media, and getting them to cover your event.
How to speak in public and how to improve your speaking skills.
How to move people
Some of the key arguments that help people to connect emotionally with climate change- great for talks.
Giving a talk on climate change? Here's a 45 minute talk already written for you.
Talking about solutions
How do we dig our way out of this hole.
How to do a speaker training
Do you or your group want to improve your climate speaking skills? Try following this run down taken from a one day Rising Tide speaker training day in June 2001.
ORGANISING, FACILITATING AND WORKING IN GROUPS
Managing groups, meetings and talks
How to facilitate a meeting and make everyone feel involved.
Community Action (PDF 326kb)
Some ideas and suggestions to encourage people to become involved in a new or existing group. Rising Tide info sheet.
Useful Contacts (PDF 83kb)
Over 22 campaign groups plus some media. Rising Tide info sheet.
TAKING DIRECT ACTION AGAINST THE ROOT CAUSES OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Direct Action Toolbox
This website is a great resource. It aims to make it easier for new people to understand what the hell everyone is going on about and proves useful to activists who've been around for a bit and need to brush up. It explains some of the tactics that have successfully been employed over the years - as well as some of the problems people have encountered.
Activist Legal Briefing
The Activists' Legal Project provides information about the law to people who are thinking of taking direct action, or who have taken direct action. Be careful with the legal information in here - laws change!
CHANGING YOUR OWN LIFESTYLE TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE
Lifestyle emissions factsheet
A 2 page fact sheets on how much we contribute to global warming through our cars, flights, house heating and hot water. With links to useful sites.
50 things you can do to save the climate
50 ideas for actions that came out from the Rising Tide Roadshow.
Make a Pledge (PDF 95kb)
Lists a few simple ways you can take action locally and start to get other people involved in climate change campaigning. Rising Tide info sheet.
Domestic Action (PDF 185kb)
A seven step plan to cut your home energy consumption. Rising Tide info sheet.