CLEAN Teleconference Call April 10, 2018

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Jeremy Hoffman The Science Museum of Virginia - Informal Climate Resilience Education - what we've learned (so far)

Bio: Jeremy Hoffman, PhD, is the Climate and Earth Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia, where he focuses on public-facing climate change communication, interactive exhibit and media development, and citizen-led climate resilience campaigns. Jeremy earned his PhD at Oregon State University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Science Communication Fellow for Oregon Museum of Science Industry and the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Abstract: According to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, 71% of Virginians agree with the overwhelming consensus of scientists that global warming is happening, but only 41% of Virginians agree that it will harm them personally and even fewer (33%) discuss global warming at least occasionally. This difference suggests a lack of preparation and weak communication pathways about potential climate impacts. However, Virginians are susceptible to many types of climate disruption due to global warming, including hotter and longer heatwaves, sea-level rise, and precipitation variability. As such, the Science Museum of Virginia has focused its programming on communicating climate science and community resilience to climate impacts with funding from the NOAA Office of Education Environmental Literacy Program. Here, I'll share some of our strategies, lessons learned, and plans for the future.

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