Unfortunately, in my opinion, the discussion around climate change needs to begin by explaining that it exists. It took decades for the science behind the dangers of smoking to penetrate into the general consensus. Only then, could individual behavior and group action respond to the situation. Today, the idea that the dangers are real is taken for granted.
However, the scientific community has realized this and is actively fighting the misperceptions on climate change. Recently, the US National Academy of Sciences and the U.K.’s Royal Society published a (relatively) concise report titled, Climate Change: Evidence and Causes. At 20 pages of text, plus another dozen or so of appendices and references, it quickly falls into the TL;DR category. Regardless, it’s a whole lot easier on the eyes than most other reports.