CASE STUDY
Climate Science Legal Defense Fund

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PROJECT:
Assess and produce a strategic communications roadmap to protect from legal intimidation the scientific endeavors of climate change research.
KEY OUTCOMES

Launched a new communications function that:

  • Expanded the number of scientists and legal experts participating in Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) trainings.

  • Increased target audience engagement across CSLDF social media channels.

  • Established a more strategic communications program for achieving CSLDF's mission and objectives.

THE CHALLENGE
  • Assess CSLDF communications and produce a new strategic plan that supports the organization's three-year objectives for ensuring scientists can conduct, publish, and discuss their research and advocate for science without the threat of political harassment, censorship, or legal intimidation.

  • Launch a more robust, sustainable, and practical communications function that accurately reflects CSLDF’s available resources.

  • Increase participation in CSLDF trainings/workshops.

  • Expand engagement via social media.

  • Facilitate the inclusion of CSLDF in relevant media and legislative conversations on issues related to protecting scientists who are unfairly attacked for doing their jobs.

ACTVITIES
  • Completed an assessment and produced an analysis of CSLDF communications strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.

  • Produced a new key message platform.

  • Created a strategic communications action plan for achieving CSLDF operating objectives.