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Climate Science Alliance Trains San Diego Zoo in Climate Change Education

On the morning of October 26, Climate Science Alliance staff and partners had the opportunity to work with educators from the San Diego Zoo on communicating climate science. In an effort to spread climate literacy to more people across San Diego County, the Climate Science Alliance has developed a climate change communication and education workshop for organizations. These trainings offer the opportunity for teams to learn strategies and tools to feel comfortable integrating climate science into their existing programs. The hope for these trainings is to encourage organizations across our region to carry the climate change message, reaching broader audiences across the region. After Alliance

Climate Kids- Mexico Leads Community Event as part of Tijuana River Action Month

Climate Kids- Mexico, led by program manager Profesora Martha Aidé Escalante Garcia, hosted a “Dia de los Mares” event on September 28, 2017 at Playas de Tijuana. The event was part of Tijuana River Action Month (TRAM) to benefit the Tijuana River Watershed. Students from five schools in the Playas area participated in a beach clean up and were led by Climate Kids Ambassadors through 18 workshops about climate change and environmental stewardship. The event concluded with a special Pasarela presentation featuring recycled clothing, drawing in a huge crowd and inspiring students to reuse materials to show artistic expression. The event reached more than 1,000 local youth, bringing attention t

Affiliated Artists and Climate Kids Art Featured at Balboa Park Sustainability Partners’ 4th Annual

Congratulations to our partners at the Balboa Park Sustainability Partnership for hosting their fourth annual Balboa Park Sustainability Partners' Breakfast. They celebrated partnerships that fuel sustainability efforts in Balboa Park and across San Diego. We were proud to share artwork from Climate Kids and Affiliated Artist Audrey Carver to support this important event. Speakers and panelists including Morgan Justice-Black, San Diego Gas & Electric, Councilmember Chris Ward, District 3, and Steve Snyder, BPCP Board President and CEO at Fleet Science Center shared their stories of "Making the Commitment" to sustainability. We are proud of our partners for celebrating innovative approaches t

Climate Science Alliance proud to be part of 2017 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit

On September 19-21, the Climate Science Alliance co-hosted the 2017 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit with the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, and the University of San Diego's Climate Education Partners. We were pleased to have been invited to collaborate on such an important and powerful event. We had 190 attendees representing 48 tribes join us from across the southwest for three days of sharing knowledge and experiences on climate change impacts and solutions in the southwest. The conference opened with a blessing from Selso Villegas from the Tohono O’odham Nation. Following a welcome by the Summit planning team and a keyno

Upcoming Webinar – Sea Level Rise Effect on SoCal Wetlands

The California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CALCC) will be hosting an open webinar on “Sea-level rise effects on coastal wetlands in Southern California” on October 31st from 11:00AM-12:00PM. Climate Science Alliance partner Dr. Eric Stein from the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project is one of three authors of the report. He will be presenting the model’s findings on approximately 100 wetlands along the Southern California coast. To read more about the webinar, visit here. To register for the webinar, visit here. #BuildingResilience #EcosystemResilience

“Pacific Northwest Changemakers”: Report Shares Stories of Community-Based Sustainability Projects

Mitch Thomashow, Sustainability Catalyst Fellow at Philanthropy Northwest, has published a report on eight different projects in the Pacific Northwest that are making a significant difference in their communities. These projects are re-shaping the way we think about place, community and environmental sustainability. The report gives the reader examples of policies, practices and processes to use in their own community within the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Read the report here. #BuildingCommunity

Climate Kids Ambassador Teacher Steve Walters Receives Marine Science Teaching Award

The Climate Science Alliance congratulates Mission Bay High School (MBHS) International Baccalaureate marine science and AP environmental science teacher Steve Walters, recipient of the Marine Science Teaching Award from the Maritime Science Alliance. Steve Walters piloted our Climate Kids-San Diego High School Ambassador program. Our Climate Kids Ambassadors Program at MBHS has trained students to bring climate messages to youth in schools and the community. Climate Kids Ambassadors provides students with the opportunity to hone their public speaking skills and share their knowledge about climate change and environmental stewardship with other students and families. Climate Kids Ambassador

Resources now available for the CA-NV DEWS Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar

Did you miss the September 2017 Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar, from the California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System (CA-NV DEWS)? All materials from the webinar are now available here, and includes a two-page summary and a live recording. The CA-NV DEWS hosts a series of regular drought & climate outlook webinars designed to provide stakeholders and other interested parties in the region with timely information on current drought status and impacts, as well as a preview of current and developing climatic events (i.e. El Niño and La Niña). The next webinar is set for Monday November 27, 2017. Register here. #BuildingResilience

CSA Climate Education Training at Living Coast Discovery Center

On October 12, 2017, the Climate Science Alliance hosted a Climate Change Education Training for educators and docents at the Living Coast Discovery Center (LCDC). The training provided an overview of local climate impacts and strategies for communicating climate science to the public. Twenty-five educators received new tools and approaches for engaging youth and families on climate science including climate risks and solutions to conserve local pollinators and carnivores. In addition, the Climate Science Alliance team has been working collaboratively with LCDC to incorporate climate science into LCDC’s existing curriculum and activities. LCDC currently uses new climate change and ocean acid

Climate Science Alliance Partners with WILDCOAST

The Climate Science Alliance welcomes our newest Climate Kids partner, WILDCOAST! Established in 2000, WILDCOAST is an international group that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife in locations such as Baja’s Pacific Islands Biosphere Reserve, Laguna San Ignacio, Magdalena Bay, Morro Ayuta beach in Oaxaca, and the coast of California. The Climate Science Alliance looks forward to working collaboratively with this incredible organization to expand the Climate Kids program to more youth across San Diego and Baja. To learn more about the Climate Science Alliance efforts to build a network of climate education activities check our Climate Literacy Leaders Story Map. To join the 1

Save the Date! Alliance Partner Alex Warneke speaking at Solana Beach ECO Rotary Club (11.07)

Climate Science Alliance Partner Alex Warneke will be presenting “Connecting our Community to their Changing Climate” at an upcoming meeting for the Solana Beach ECO Rotary Club. Alex Warneke is the current lead for the Innovative Community Engagement Working Group, also known as our “Green Team”. The meeting will take place on November 7th at 6:00pm at LePort School Solana Beach (1010 Solana Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075) in the library. To view the calendar for the Solana Beach ECO Rotary Club, visit here. #BuildingCommunity

Climate Kids- Mexico Awarded 1st place for Workshops at Expo Ambiente

Our Climate Kids-Mexico (CKM) program and its program manager Profesora Martha Aidé Escalante Garcia won first place at Expo Ambiente, an annual event promoting environmental education and natural habitat care. The 22nd Expo Ambiente, organized by the Secretariat of Environmental Protection (SPA), was held on September 18-19 at the El Trompo Museum in Baja California and drew in a crowd of 600 people. This year they had 15 companies, 12 civil associations, 16 government agencies, 5 educational institutions and 15 nurseries participating as exhibitors, and hosted 28 workshops. The government recognized Climate Kids- Mexico for its incredible impact on the community, awarding CKM 1st place at

Affiliated Artist Audrey Carver on the Role of Art in Climate Science Communication (Video)

“I believe art is a tool for communication. Now more than ever people need to connect to their environment, to be aware of it. And I think that artists and scientists working together is going to be the way to do that.” – Audrey Carver In this video, Climate Science Alliance Affiliated Artist Audrey Carver shares the story behind her “Along the Transect Line” collaborative pieces with Cabrillo National Monument. “Along the Transect Line” highlights species data from each of the major scientific inventories at Cabrillo, from the rocky intertidal ecosystem to the menagerie of birds that call the park home. You can see “Along the Transect Line” through December 2017 at Cabrillo National Monumen

Save the Date: Idyllwild Arts Open House (10.20-22)

Idyllwild Arts Academy is hosting an Open House the weekend of October 20-22 highlighting the work of their departments and their students, new and old! The alumni panel on the 21st includes Climate Science Alliance Director Amber Pairis, Ph.D., amongst others. Dr. Pairis has been asked to talk about how she is using the transformative power of art to advance her work on climate change. “Art is a powerful means to translate scientific research into something that touches your life in a personal way. Now more than ever we need artists paired with scientists to help advance our understanding of climate risks and solutions.” Climate Science Alliance Affiliated Artist Audrey Carver graduated fr

Climate Kids Ambassadors Participate in Animals on the Bay Day Event

The Climate Science Alliance attended the Animals on the Bay Day celebration at the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista on October 8th. This free event for the community received a total of 2,576 adults and children throughout the day! The Alliance hosted a Climate Kids table where visitors to our booth learned about the impacts of climate change and human development on local species. Two of our Climate Kids Ambassadors, Michelle and Gretchen, assisted with our Climate Kids activities. They shared their knowledge about climate change and inspired kids and adults alike to take action to reduce their footprint on the Earth. Visitors got a special treat by participating in a special C

“Art of Change” at Del Mar until end of this month – where to next?

“Art of Change” exhibit is up at Del Mar Library and City Hall throughout the remainder of October. Art such as the Tree of Change created by Balboa Park Sustainability and Feet in the Sand by Jefferson Elementary students are currently on display. These pieces are meant to provoke environmental stewardship in the lives of adults and youth alike. Be sure to check back soon to see where the exhibit is off to next! #ArtCommunity #ArtofChange #BuildingCommunity

CSA Partners with the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

The Climate Science Alliance is partnering with San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy to bring climate literacy to the city of Encinitas. This October, Alliance Affiliated Artist Claudia Lyra will will bring an educational music and movement Climate Kids assembly focusing on science concepts around climate change and environmental stewardship to 2nd graders at Capri Elementary. If you would like to learn more about the Lagoon's work with climate change and community enrichment, be sure to check out their event coming up on October 22nd at the Nature Center. See more details below. #ClimateKids #BuildingCommunity

Applications Open for Short-Term Art or Research Residency Opportunity

The Marjorie and Joseph Rubenson Endowment Short-Term Residency is an annual opportunity for an artist or researcher investigating conservation of animals, plants and habitats. Recipients will visit the Volcan Mountain Range in Julian, California to create original works of art or engage in scientific research that enhance the public appreciation of the mountain, its unique beauty and environmental attributes. Residency recipients will be invited to visit Julian for a week (or 2-3 long weekends) to complete their work during a mutually agreed upon period between Spring and Fall 2018. Residency recipients will receive a $2,000 stipend. December 1, 2017 is the deadline for application submissi

Upcoming Workshop on the Proposed Natural and Working Lands Climate Change Implementation Plan and C

The California Natural Resources Agency, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and California Air Resources Board are jointly hosting a public workshop to present next steps on the Natural and Working Lands Implementation Plan that was proposed in the Draft 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update (January 2017). The workshop will also present Version 2 of the California Natural and Working Lands Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Model (CALAND) and next steps for model refinement and use. The workshop will include a moderated discussion to gather stakeholder input on the methods and scope of CALAND. In addition, the CALAND Steering Committee seeks participation from expert members of the pub

New Director for the Scripps Climate Change Center

The Alliance welcomes Mark Merrifield, new director of the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation (CCCIA) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Merrifield brings his experience from two decades of studying both global and regional sea-level change, and his passion for linking research outcomes to societal solutions. “I’m excited to join the center and to help connect the discovery and innovation taking place at Scripps and across UC San Diego to opportunities that directly impact people and the environment,” Merrifield said. While sea-level rise will take initial focus at the CCCIA, Merrifield plans on addressing issues related to climate change such as water supply shortages

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