Telling Better Climate Stories

Peterson Toscano, Guest Entertainer
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Bilger 150

Description: No story is harder to tell than the one about our changing climate and what it means for each of us. Reciting the facts is not enough to move people to action, in fact, many shut down when they hear even the mention of global warming. How do we break through the collective silence in creative and effective ways? As host of Citizens Climate Radio, Peterson Toscano speaks with leading communication experts and trains his audience on effective strategies for talking about climate change. This workshop provides examples of creative storytelling and give participants helpful prompts to help them share their own stories about our changing planet.

Bio: Drawing on comedy, storytelling, and history, Peterson Toscano creates original content for the stage and the Internet that inspires curiosity about climate change. As the host of Citizens’ Climate Radio and the curator of, he takes a serious look at global warming without scaring the snot out of you. His university presentations reveal the interconnectedness of power, privilege, justice, polar bears, and coffee beans. Some of his presentations include, Everything is Connected—An evening of stories, most weird, many true, A Queer Response to Climate Change—What Would Walt Whitman Do? and Climate Change—What’s Faith Got to Do, got to do with it?

Blurb: Peterson's unique history and experiences along with his method of delivery created a fantastic and engaging experience for our students, faculty and staff, as well as local community members. His ability to weave an engaging message about religion, gender & sexual identity, & climate change is a great opportunity to take a holistic and creative lens to how all these issues are interconnected and woven together. Dave Barbier, Sustainability Coordinator at University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.