Flooding, sea level rise, and declining water quality are byproducts of climate change affecting communities across the country. The preservation of open space, reforestation, riparian and coastal buffer restoration and the use of green infrastructure are all powerful tools to increase resiliency. These projects also yield many co-benefits appreciated by nature lovers across the political spectrum. Land trusts are uniquely positioned to use water related issues as an entry point to a place-based conversation about climate change. The session will draw on The Watershed Institute’s experience educating audiences about climate related water-related issues and natural solutions and will provide an overview of the C-Change Conversations Primer that has been widely and successfully presented to moderate and conservative audiences across the country, reaching almost 15,000 people across 30 states to date. The politically neutral, nonpartisan approach of this presentation is effective with groups who feel uncomfortable talking about climate. Reaching groups like land trust supporters to deliver compelling data from trusted sources is critical to expanding our country’s understanding of the risk of a changing climate and to shifting the perception of climate change from a political issue to a human one that will affect everyone.