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A Successful Year for Climate Kids, Thanks to SDG&E Support!

Through SDG&E’s Environmental Champions Initiative, the Climate Science Alliance has met a growing demand for Climate Kids programming by working 1:1 with 20 organizations to integrate climate science into their programs and training 50 additional organizations through a day long training event. These consultations have helped us expand climate science messaging and activities to new schools and programs resulting in 19,835 contacts with youth at 32 schools. In addition, we participated in 11 large scale community events reaching thousands of youth and families. This initiative has allowed the Alliance to pivot to a new role where we can provide science content and facilitate a growing netwo

Alliance Co-Hosts “Strategic Coastal Planning and Organizing for CA Native Nations” Event

The Climate Science Alliance and Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation recently co-hosted “Strategic Coastal Planning and Organizing for California Native Nations” in partnership with Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, California State Lands Commission, and the West Coast Tribal Caucus. This two-day event brought together numerous tribal nations and state agencies to discuss the future of marine planning. The objectives the meeting were to (1) increase tribal awareness and involvement in local and regional marine planning, (2) improve tribal-state relationships, focusing on environmental justice and tribal consultation policies, and (3) coordinate and strategize triba

Climate Kids Program Highlighted on Local Government Commission blog for the CA Adaptation Forum

Local Government Commission (LGC) blog for the California Adaptation Forum highlighted the Climate Science Alliance’s Climate Kids program as part of their June Stories. The series of articles focused on efforts taking place around California to engage and empower youth on climate action. Alliance Director Dr. Amber Pairis authored the article titled, “Climate Kids: Science-Art-Storytelling-ACTION” to share how youth are stepping into leadership roles to translate their understanding of climate science into local solutions. “Youth are rising to fill these roles, to carry these stories, to engage with their communities, and to be part of something bigger than themselves. When I ask youth if t

Pala Band of Mission Indians’ Solar-Powered Projects Highlighted in Department of Energy Article

The Pala Band of Mission Indians, a partner of the Climate Science Alliance, has completed the first of two renewable energy projects supported in part by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. Their solar-powered fire station project has been featured in a recent blog post from the DOE. “It’s been terrific,” said Shasta Gaughen, Environmental Director of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. “[The solar array has] been up and running for more than a year now. We’re already started saving money on utility bills, and keeping greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere has been the biggest bonus.” The Alliance extends its congratulations to the Pala Band of Missio

Climate Kids and Regional Climate Change Impacts Presented at Project Wildlife Lecture

San Diego Humane Society and Project Wildlife invited the Climate Science Alliance to speak at this month’s “Wake Up With Wildlife” lecture on Saturday, July 7th. Alliance staff presented our Climate Kids program, how climate change is impacting our region’s ecosystems, and how we can all take actions to give wildlife a break. This free lecture was unique in that it was geared towards an audience of any age, opening up the conversation of climate change to children and adults alike. Regional climate change impacts were taken from the Alliance’s recent assessment, “San Diego County Ecosystems: The Ecological Impacts of Climate Change on a Biodiversity Hotspot”, which will be a part of Califor

‘Youth Step Up’ Competition Launches to Galvanize Student Climate Action and Fund Solutions

America’s future leaders are invited to share their climate solutions through the Youth Step Up climate contest that launches today. Building on the wave of youth-driven action, from the high school-led Zero Hour march to college Republicans backing carbon dividends, 18 to 24 year olds living in the U.S. are invited to submit their ideas to a panel of judges representing government, businesses and youth. The top eight contestants will win a trip to present their idea to American and global leaders at the Global Climate Action Summit in mid-September, and compete for various cash prizes, with up to a $5,000 grand prize. “It’s time to unlock solutions to climate change. The Youth Step Up Chall

CSA Receives Whale Tail Grant to Connect Tribal Youth to Climate Science

The Climate Science Alliance was recently awarded a grant through the California Coastal Commission WHALE TAIL® Grants Program to create, expand, and implement climate science youth engagement programming for tribal and underserved communities. Climate change is already impacting tribal communities in a variety of different ways including drought, water availability, and heat events which affect food security, public health, and natural resources with social, cultural, and biological significance. Tribal members and tribal environmental professionals that are working with the Alliance have expressed a need for science-based education and outreach to increase community engagement on these iss

Audrey Carver Welcomed as Inaugural Climate Art Fellow

The Climate Science Alliance and the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation have launched the inaugural Climate Art Fellowship program. Audrey Carver, who has been actively involved with a variety of Alliance projects as an Affiliated Artist, will be the very first Climate Art Fellow. We believe in the power of art to transform the dialogue on climate resilience and interpret and disseminate climate science in new and unique ways. Specifically, we feel the products that will come out of our partnership with Audrey and future Climate Art Fellows will help us engage with local communities on climate impacts and solutions to help make informed decisions that will enhance community res

Highlight: Climate Kids-Mexico Ecology Expo Projects

Climate Kids-Mexico (CKM) Ambassadors presented on their work with science, art and storytelling projects to teachers, parents, and more than 120 students this past May. See photos and details about each project below. CKM uses a unique approach to training high school students to deliver the Climate Kids program in elementary and middle school classes in Tijuana, Baja Mexico. The program is having a positive impact in the community through its environmental stewardship activities, workshops, and outreach. Find out more about this program at https://www.climatekids.org/projects. "We are so glad to be a part of the change!" -Profesora Martha Aidé Escalante Garcia, Program Manager, Baja. Scien

“Connectivity is the New Black”: Communicating the San Diego County Ecosystems Report with Buttons

Communicating science can be difficult, especially if your audience members aren’t scientists by training. The San Diego County Ecosystems Assessment, a part of California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment to be released in late Summer of 2018, is 150+ pages long. To make the findings more accessible to practitioners, the Alliance developed a 34 page summary magazine, which can be downloaded here. To add a little fun, we created buttons featuring short slogans to communicate key points of the report. “Connectivity is the New Black” San Diego is a biologically diverse region — one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, in fact — that has been the focus of more than 20 years of planning, inves

CSA Reaches Otay Valley Community During Trail Workshop

The Climate Science Alliance was invited to join various state, local and federal land management agencies for a public workshop in Otay, San Diego on the evening of Wednesday, June 20th. The workshop was led by the County of San Diego to provide updates on the creation of a new sustainable trail system that links to nearby existing trails while planning for sensitive species and environmental protection. The workshop welcomed Otay Valley community members who use the public trails, inviting input on this exciting new trail plan. Check out the photos below to see exhibit highlights and Climate Kids hands-on activities that we brought to the workshop! A special thank you to the California Dep

Climate Kids-Mexico Wins 1st Place at Environmental Day Ecoparque Celebration!

Climate Kids-Mexico (CKM) in collaboration with Colegio de le Frontera Norte-Ecoparque, CBTiS 146, Conalep, CBTiS 116 and CESPT led storytelling, art and science activities activities at the Environmental Day Ecoparque Celebration for over 300 students. This event that took place in Conalep, Zona RIO, Tijuana on June 1st. CKM Ambassadors hosted 10 workshops and exhibits on science games and recreation, and presented a CBTIS 146 CKM Pasarela EcoFashion show. This event reached 7 groups of high school students and was designed to promote environmental education through interactive activities promoting conservation, talking about climate change, plastic contamination, and recycling through art.

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