CLEAN Teleconference Call November 20, 2018

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Climate Education Partner's Assessment of Opportunities for Leading in a Changing Climate: Working Together to Protect Your Region's Quality of Life for Future Generations

Abstract: Over the past several years there have been many coordinated efforts to improve climate change literacy of diverse audiences. The challenge has been to balance science content with audience-specific messaging to achieve the goal of learners engaging in solutions and building a community of action. This talk will describe how Climate Education Partners (CEP) employed a multidisciplinary approach that integrates climate science, social and learning sciences, and effective communication strategies to create innovative resources and new approaches to climate change communication that engage audiences of decision-makers and community leaders more effectively. We will highlight results from public opinion polls and key informant interviews with nearly 100 San Diego leaders to assess shifts that have occurred during CEP implementation. Further, we will highlight the Community Toolbox for Leading in a Changing Climate website, which incorporates not only the educational resources we developed, the evaluation methods we used to analyze our results, and the types of activities we created, but it tells the story of how did it, how we succeeded, and how you can too.

Bio: Mica Estrada is an Associate Professor at the University of California at San Francisco's School of Nursing in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Institute for Health and Aging. Her research program focuses on social influence, including the study of identity, values, kindness, well-being, and integrative education. Currently she is engaged in several longitudinal studies, which involve implementing and assessing interventions aimed to increase student persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers (funded by NIH, NSF, and HHMI). She is also currently co-PI and Director of a National Science Foundation Climate Change Education Partnership grant that provides educational tools and learning opportunities to San Diego regional leaders and residents regarding the changing climate. Dr. Estrada earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University.

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