We are looking for people who might be interested in participating in a panel discussion on the following topic:
Developing Neighborhood-based Climate Change Education Programs
This discussion will consider how careful evaluation of the uniqueness of places can influence the development of climate change education programs to build local resilience. Specifically, beginning with results from our ongoing study of how two very different neighborhoods in St. Petersburg, Florida, understand and react to climate related threats, we consider how non-profit and government partners can adapt their outreach and educational efforts to more effectively engage diverse communities. Successfully engaging marginalized communities requires a deeper understanding of the ways in which minority residents conceptualize and react to threats related to climate change. By making climate change education locally and culturally relevant and inclusive, educators have a greater chance of increasing local knowledge, preparedness and resilience to coming challenges. The discussion will address the following prompts:
What characteristics of diverse neighborhoods (including socio-economic, ethnic or racial minority communities) help us understand how residents engage with climate change education?
How can educators assess local context efficiently and effectively in designing appropriate climate change educational programs?
What mechanisms might educators employ to engage and include diverse neighborhoods in a county or state level climate education plan?
How can a county or state level climate education plan be adapted to the unique cultural and economic context of diverse neighborhoods?
How can interactive technologies or citizen science be used to increase local participation and inclusion into climate change education and planning?
What are examples from the field of climate change education for resilience programs that have successfully adapted to local context and sense of place to produce unique outreach efforts?
We are faculty at USFSP and on the Executive Committee of the Initiative on Climate Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR). We work with a diverse set of community partners around climate change education, outreach and policy.