CLEAN Teleconference Call April 18, 2017

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Using Climate Stories in Education

Abstract: The primary mission of Climate Stories Project is providing a space to discuss how climate change intersects with our lives. Currently, many of us relate to climate change either through the abstract realm of science or the contentious arena of politics—thus, we often frame climate change as a distant and impersonal problem and we aren't empowered to recognize, discuss, and "own" it. This disconnect inhibits personal and community engagement and stifles opportunities for climate action. The antidote to this problem is honestly and openly sharing our stories about climate change: What current changes are we seeing in the environment around us? What are our emotions in response to climate change? What are our fears and hopes for the future? What solutions are we practicing?

CSP facilitates this dialogue and encourages personal engagement with climate change by sharing audio and video narratives of people from around the world speaking about their observations of global warming in their communities. Additionally, CSP runs educational workshops in which students interview community members and those on the front lines of climate change about their responses to the effects of global warming in their communities. Students then use these climate stories as the basis for documentary film, podcasts, and artistic works. This communicative and artistic component of CSP encourages audiences and participants to connect their own observations and feelings about our changing climate to the experiences of other people from around the world. This webinar will discuss the development of Climate Stories Project, describe educational workshops it has facilitated, and discuss future directions for the project. We hope to inspire educators to make use of CSP in their own classrooms or in other community settings.

Bio: Jason Davis is the director of Climate Stories Project, which is an educational and artistic forum for sharing stories about personal and community responses to climate change. Jason is an accomplished environmental educator and musician, and is currently a doctoral student in music at McGill University in Montreal. With his jazz group Earthsound, Jason combines the power of spoken personal narratives with improvised music and natural soundscapes. Jason has a Master's degree in Music from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida.

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