Art for Change: Climate Education, Activism, and Adaptation
Darian Dauchan, actor, writer, musician | The Climate Museum
Vanessa Pereda, theater & teaching artist, community builder | Big Green Theater
Dr. Hoi-Fei Mok, scientist, artist, organizer | City of San Leandro
August 12, 2021, 4 - 5pm EST
The arts play a foundational role in how we process, reflect on, and communicate the realities of our changing climate. An emerging body of research has shown us that galvanizing climate change action and adaptation demands engaging our analytical, emotional, and creative faculties. Particularly among youth, engagement through the arts facilitates a powerful connection to environmental education and climate advocacy.
This session will bring three panelists to discuss their experiences engaging youth in climate action and adaptation through the arts: in spoken word, theater, visual media, and storytelling platforms. We will explore the role of the arts and creative activities in reflecting on our lived experience of climate change, opening avenues for political and environmental education, and activating individuals’ capacity for action and advocacy.
Year 2 Sessions
CALE's theme for 2021-2022 is learning how climate communication approaches, methods, and tools enable or advance community adaptation conversations and efforts.
The Psychology of Climate Change
Meaghan L. Guckian, PhD
Core Faculty in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England
Director of the Climate Change Education Certificate
June 17, 2021 / 3 -4 p.m. EDT
Many consider climate change one of the greatest existential threats facing society, yet serious doubts remain about our collective capacity to address and adapt to climate change effects. Decades of multidisciplinary research have revealed how the biophysical nature of climate change and the socially constructed meanings attached to it have made it deeply difficult for people to understand and connect its relevance to their daily experience. This session examined the underlying social-psychological factors that drive individuals’ engagement (or lack thereof) with climate change including specific barriers to and opportunities for change and the social and psychological context for climate adaptation decision-making and engagement.
Year 1 Sessions
CALE's inaugural theme was identifying and understanding climate risks, hazards, and vulnerabilities, learning from communities across the U.S. and beyond.
Fire-Adapted Planning: Approaches to Recovery and Resilience from California
Erik de Kok, Project Manager, CA Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Tennis Wick, Director, Sonoma County Permit & Resource Management Department
April 22, 2021 / 3-4 p.m. EST
While wildfire is a natural part of many landscapes, land use practices, fire suppression tactics, climate change, and other factors have combined to create an environment where devastating fires are growing common. This session convened leaders from local and state-level efforts to advance wildfire recovery and adaptation. We learned about innovative statewide wildfire adaptation planning initiatives and explored recovery and rebuilding efforts in Sonoma County after devastating recent wildfires which includes laying the groundwork for adaptation to a future of increased fire risk.
Tribal Drought Adaptation:
Using the Climate Dashboard for Planning & Decision-Making
Mark Junker, Tribal Response Coordinator, Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri &
Crystal Stiles, Applied Climatologist & Tribal Engagement Program Director, High Plains Regional Climate Center / UNL School of Natural Resources
February 25, 2021 / 3-4 p.m. EST
Climate change is water change. Nowhere in the U.S. is this more present than in Southwestern and High Plains communities who have been living through periods of unprecedented extreme weather in recent decades. This session explored the extreme weather and drought conditions faced by the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri and their partnership with the High Plains Regional Climate Center. Together they developed a drought monitoring and decision-making dashboard to provide actionable and locally- relevant climate information. We discussed how the Sac and Fox Nation as well as other Tribal communities are using the dashboard to monitor and integrate short- and long-term climate data into their work and build community resilience to climate change.
Living with Extreme Storms: Risk, Resilience, and Power
Aron Chang, Water Leaders Institute / Civic Studio
December 17, 2020
At the conclusion of a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season, the session asked participants to reflect on how the understanding of "problems" narrows or predicts the types of "solutions" we can imagine, and how design and planning often operates within political constraints, whether recognized or not. This session unpacked the range of meanings of “understanding risk” when we talk about extreme storms and consider how we can develop a shared language as the basis for any response. We interrogated the power dynamics that shape the implementation of post-disaster projects and discussed how to shift that power toward frontline communities.
Land + Water WORKS:
Creating a Resilient Detroit Using Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Nicole Brown & Susan Rusinowski, Detroit Future City
October 15, 2020
The session explored how the community-based initiative Land + Water WORKS is working to address climate change, combat underinvestment in stormwater management infrastructure, and overcome decades of disinvestment in communities of color through community education and the creation of climate-adaptive green infrastructure opportunities in Detroit.
Equitable & Community-Driven Approaches to Address Urban Heat Risk
Cheyenne Flores, Philadelphia Office of Sustainability
August 6, 2020
The session discussed risks and vulnerabilities related to extreme heat with a presentation on the City of Philadelphia's first ever community heat relief plan, Beat the Heat/ Venza el Calor. Beat the Heat focuses on one of Philadelphia’s hottest and most heat-vulnerable neighborhoods, Hunting Park. This initiative identified the causes for disparate and inequitable heat impacts and supported community-driven decision-making and implementation of heat resilience measures.
Adapting to Rising Tides: Bay Area
Dana Brechwald, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
May 21, 2020
CALE's inaugural session featured a presentation about BCDC's nationally-recognized and groundbreaking Adapting to Rising Tides program (ART). Dana presented the findings of the program's comprehensive Bay Area vulnerability assessment and shared how ART is helping shoreline communities plan for sea-level rise and other climate impacts.