What on earth?
The Climate Change Coaches provide upbeat, compassionate coaching at events and run training programmes on how to use coaching skills to empower and influence others. We offer confidential conversations, free from judgment and unwanted advice, to help people think clearly about climate change and then get into action to do something about it, and we teach other people to be able to do that too!
We’re bringing the skills and philosophy of coaching to the often overwhelming subject of environmental crisis, because we know that before action comes belief, and that people want help to believe that they can act, and that acting will be worthwhile.
Instead of giving you more data to overwhelm you, we listen with kindness and use our skills to move you from feeling powerless to powerful, so that you can work out your way of making a difference… and then roll up your sleeves and do it. We can also teach you and those you work with to use coaching skills to empower others, overcome natural resistance to change and develop trusting relationships that enable all of us to do more in service of our world.
We couldn’t help ourselves but work on this
Think of climate change and you are more likely to think about science than psychology. Yet although we have been showered with important research for many decades, we haven’t changed the way we live. However compelling the science, data simply doesn’t change behaviour.
The Climate Change Coaches believe that it’s time we started seeing climate change as a human behaviour problem. Our behaviour as over-consumers got us here and our lack of ability to change our behaviour is stopping us from doing the very things that will ensure our survival.
Put like that, it seems crazy that we’re not acting. But while rationality and logic may make intellectual sense, as coaches (and humans) we know that change is really hard and that our brains are hard-wired to resist it. Because change is new and we lack the time to think it through and work out our response, change is scary. We’ll help you think past the scary to the possible on the other side. Through our training programmes, we’ll also teach you how to do that with other people in turn.
Reigniting our collective can-do about the environment
We will help you feel empowered to act on climate change and even enjoy doing it
As coaches we help people every day to master change comfortably. Our job is to make transition feel less impossible, and you to feel more capable and excited. We are all professionally-trained coaches with years of experience and hours of coaching under our belts. We know first hand that change is possible for everyone. Just like you, we want to make a contribution to solving climate change. We believe that belief is a self fulfilling prophecy and we know as coaches that when people believe and are believed in, they do incredible things.
Coaches move people out of panic and into action
We know that many of us want to do something about climate change, but that we feel powerless and overwhelmed. Wanting to act and feeling unable to can leave you feeling deeply disempowered and disempowered people don’t make good decisions, or indeed any decisions at all. Instead, we retreat back to doing things that make us feel good and away from the things that make us feel guilty and fearful.
A lasting impression
We do what we do to help change behaviour now so that the next generation will inherit a thriving, liveable world. We also know that coaching builds resilience and that the conversations that we have pass on skills that can in turn be passed on to the rest of the family. We encourage you to take what you learn and share it with others.
Let us help
Get in touch to invite us to your event or community meeting, or to start a conversation about how we can train your team in coaching skills for climate action. Whether running a taster workshop at your event, training you and your colleagues or providing a skilled team coach to help your community group to get into action in your area, we always bring a spirit of lightness, fun and care to our conversations.