Climate Kids: Utilizing Art, Storytelling, and Science to Empower Climate Resilient Communities

Climate Kids: Utilizing Art, Storytelling, and Science to Empower Climate Resilient Communities

Organizer: 
Alexandria Warneke
Climate Science Alliance
Time Slot: 
Working Groups and Trainings 2
Session Type: 
Training
Abstract: 

Our communities comprise the keystone to effectively integrating adaptive management techniques and building climate resilience. Climate Kids, a program of the Climate Science Alliance and the primary focus of our community engagement effort, is a multi-generational collaborative that supports K-12 youth education on climate resiliency through hands-on science activities, storytelling, field trips, and art. We nurture the budding scientists and stewards in students from all socioeconomic backgrounds with activities that demonstrate local climate impacts in the form of ocean acidification, sea level rise, drought, coastal storms, and temperature extremes. Since 2015, the Climate Kids program has successfully inspired over 22,000 students and trained 2,000 formal and informal educators on consistent climate messaging. Through strategic partnerships with climate scientists and qualified educators, this program encourages curiosity about the natural world while providing the tools necessary to take educated action on how to protect our community and planet now. During this interactive and hands-on Climate Kids training session, participants will come away with lessons on how to effectively deliver climate messaging and activities, facilitation techniques on how to navigate challenging climate conversations and integrate adaptive community-based solutions, and access to a network of resources that supports dynamic climate engagement efforts.

Co-organizers:

Amber Pairis, Climate Science Alliance