By providing access to information, libraries play a key role in supporting citizenship.
They help expose people to ideas and information, encourage curiosity about the world, and provide space for civic activities, such as meetings and debates.
Through this, they give people the tools for getting more effectively involved in the life of the community, and contributing to responses to the challenges that communities face.
There aren’t many bigger challenges in the long-term than climate change.
Tackling it will require changes in mindsets and behaviours at the individual level, alongside major investments at the government level.
This is somewhere where libraries can make a difference!
So for our 95th 10-Minute International Librarian #95 exercise, think how you can engage your community around climate change.
How can you, in your library, help share information that will build understanding of the situation facing the planet, and what people can do?
How can you act as a catalyst for climate action, and empower your community to do so also?
Share your ideas in the comments box below!
This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! Key Initiative 1.4: Shape public opinion and debate around open access and library values, including intellectual freedom and human rights.