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Student Leaders Take on the Youth Climate Challenge

In collaboration with the 2019 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit, 37 student leaders from across the Southwestern US and Mexico ranging in age from 8 to 22 years old joined Summit attendees to focus on climate strategies and solutions and develop action plans to implement in their communities. "As a part of the relatively younger generation I can vouch for the importance impressed upon us of time and the time we have to positively impact everything around us, most importantly our planet. We have reached a point in which the youth are going to have a great, if not, the greatest significance in the world and working towards bettering it.” - Maya Cota Climate Kids Ambassador In collabor

RISE Pop-up Show Represents An Artistic Expression of Resilience

The Climate Science Alliance, in collaboration with partners of the 2019 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit, recently curated RISE - an exhibition of incredible artists that celebrate resilience and overcoming insurmountable odds in the face of our changing climate. Over the last few years we have witnessed first hand the dramatic impacts of our changing climate. Devastating wildfires, drought, and extreme heat events have ravaged our natural landscapes and threatened our human communities. However, In the midst of catastrophe – there is hope. Ecosystems withstand and adapt, communities come together, from the ashes – we rise. The Climate Science Alliance, in collaboration with partne

“Celebrating Resilience” Kicks Off 2nd Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit

The 2019 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit attendees and the Idyllwild community gathered for the “Celebrating Resilience” opening event at Idyllwild Arts Academy, featuring the Cahuilla Bird Singers, Cahuilla Artist Emily Clarke, and the internationally renowned Earth Warrior Dancers. To kick off the 2nd Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit, almost 200 Summit attendees and local community members were invited to attend “Celebrating Resilience” at Idyllwild Art’s Lowman Hall. The evening began with a welcome and blessing from the Cahuilla Tribe and their Bird Singers, led by Bill Madrigal. Climate Science Alliance Deputy Director Alexandria Warneke introduced the Cahuilla Artist

Second Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit a Success!

The 2nd Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit brought together 142 attendees representing over 30 Tribes from across the Southwest and North America for a successful three-day convening focused on climate strategies and solutions, and advancement of Tribal resilience efforts. The Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit brought together 142 attendees representing over 30 Tribes to focus on climate strategies and solutions, and advance Tribal resilience efforts throughout the Southwest and North America. The 2019 Summit, which was back for a second time after the inaugural event in 2017, was held in the beautiful homelands of the Mountain Cahuilla “kaweeyah” Indians. The convening was co

Tribal Youth from the La Jolla Tribe Visit Scripps for Climate Kids Field Trip

Tribal youth from the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians attended a Climate Kids - Tribes field trip to Scripps Institution of Oceanography — check out what they learned! On July 31st, 2019 tribal youth from the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians attended a Climate Kids - Tribes field trip to Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The group participated in a fun and engaging SCOPE-led tour of the Institution. Scripps Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE), a partner of the Climate Science Alliance and Climate Kids, is a volunteer organization based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography composed of graduate students and researchers. SCOPE connects students to the science conducted at Scri

Puerto Rico Community Comes Together to Rebuild Dunes

Following the dune vandalism that occurred on the Fourth of July, the local communities and volunteers led by Para la Naturaleza and our DUNAS teams worked diligently to re-restore the dunes at the Hacienda la Esperanza Nature Reserve in Manati. Following the dune vandalism that occurred on the Fourth of July, the local communities and volunteers led by Para la Naturaleza and our DUNAS teams convened once more and worked diligently to re-restore the dunes at the Hacienda la Esperanza Nature Reserve in Manati. Community members replaced 250 wooden panels into the sand — these panels act as a sand catchment so that the dunes can begin to build up. We are thankful and inspired by the community

This Friday: Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities Program Workshop from SGC

Join the Strategic Growth Council's Technical Assistance team for a workshop on the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program for rural, tribal, and small communities. This FREE workshop will take place on Friday, August 23, at the Pala Casino (11154 Highway 76, Pala, CA 92059) from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Breakfast is provided. This workshop is intended for: Public Agency Representatives (Cities / Counties / Tribes / Transit Providers / MPO Staff / Elected Officials) Affordable Housing Developers This workshop features: A deep dive into current program guidelines An assessment of Round 4 awards and key takeaways Potential changes to Round 5 program guidelines The opportunity to

Idyllwild Arts Highlights Alliance Director Dr. Amber Pairis in Video Spotlight

Idyllwild Arts Academy (IAA) highlights Climate Science Alliance Director in new video series on alumni. Dr. Amber Pairis is an IAA alumni and continues to partner with the academy including co-hosting the 2019 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit on campus. Alliance Director and Idyllwild Arts Academy (IAA) alumna, Dr. Amber Pairis, retains strong connections to her high school campus and is partnering with the academy to hold the 2019 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit (Summit) on campus in Idyllwild, CA. The three-day Summit is a collaboration with partners from across the region, including the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, the Pala Band of Mission Indians, the Institute f

Climate Kids Program Receives SDG&E 2019 Environmental Champions Grant

The Climate Science Alliance is honored and excited to receive a 2019 Environmental Champions Grant from San Diego Gas and Electric to help support our Resilient Roots Climate Kids Programming. The Climate Science Alliance is honored and excited to receive a 2019 Environmental Champions Grant from San Diego Gas and Electric! This generous grant will support the Alliance’s Climate Kids Program and our new module “Resilient Roots: Connecting Climate and Food Systems.” Climate Kids is a series of community level collaborative projects that provide youth education on climate change through science activities, storytelling, and art. Each Climate Kids project brings together local artists, scienti

“Two Views of the Watershed” on Display at the Elfin Forest

CSA Affiliated Artist, Ruth Wallen showcases her piece “Two Views of the Watershed” at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center till the end of 2019- check it out today! Climate Science Alliance Affiliated Artist, Ruth Wallen showcases her piece “Two Views of the Watershed” at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center now until the end of 2019. Currently much of Escondido Creek is hidden behind chain link fences and the original creek bed is obscured by a cement channel. What happens when a community turns its back on its waters? “Two Views of the Watershed” is intended to help create a watershed moment, a shift in thinking where interrelationships are recognized and the well-being of all life priori

Alliance Help’s Qualcomm “Give Back to the Future”

The Climate Science Alliance was recently invited by San Diego based tech company Qualcomm to participate in their Summer on the Lawn event - check out how we helped employees “Give Back to the Future!” The Climate Science Alliance was recently invited by San Diego based tech company Qualcomm to participate in their Summer on the Lawn event. During the summer months, Qualcomm regularly engages it’s over 30,000 employees and their families by hosting fun lunch gatherings with food vendors and booths from local organizations. With the theme “Give Back to the Future” the Climate Science Alliance showcased the work we do in the community connecting youth and artists to climate science and messag

Elementary Institute of Science Summer Camp Attendees Participate in Climate Kids

Summer camp students at the Elementary Institute of Science recently participated in the Climate Kids program — check out what they learned about climate impacts in our region. Recently, the Elementary Institute of Science (EIS) brought Climate Kids Traveling Trunk activities to their summer camp programs. Students participated in hands-on climate science, art, and storytelling activities focused around oceans, carnivores, and pollinators. Hundreds of 2-8th grade youth engaged in STEAM activities such as making observations of local pollinators in their school yard and learning about ocean acidification impacts to local shelled wildlife. Storybooks tied pressing climate issue to local themes

Connecting Wildlands & Communities Team Utilizes Stakeholder Feedback

The "Connecting Wildlands and Communities" project team held three interactive community meetings to receive feedback on the topics of fire, water, biodiversity, and planning. Check out what the stakeholders had to say! The Connecting Wildlands and Communities (CWC) project, led by SDSU’s Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management with funding from the CA Strategic Growth Council, explores how connected landscapes can support adaptation and resilience to climate change for both ecosystems and local communities in Southern California. In three interactive feedback meetings and through an online feedback survey, the CWC team received input on all aspects of the project. In general, sta

Alliance Explores “The Science of Where” at the 2019 ESRI User Conference

The Climate Science Alliance’s Science Program Manager, Lindsey Jasperse, recently attended the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) User Conference to share her graduate thesis poster and learn about the advanced state of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping. The Alliance’s Lindsey Jasperse recently attended the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) User Conference, which showcased how users are integrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as “the science of where” to foster deeper insights and an enriched understanding of the world. For many years, GIS mapping has been leveraged as a tool for analyzing and solving problems, and as a common visual language ac

DUNAS Restoration Disrupted By Vandalism

Over the July 4th holiday weekend, the dune restoration completed by community volunteers and our partners at Para la Naturaleza was disrupted by unknown vandals. Learn more about what happened and how the project will continue. The DUNAS (Descendants United for Nature, Adaptation, and Sustainability) project suffered an unfortunate set back over the July 4th holiday weekend. The week prior, a group of over 30 dedicated volunteers and community members had installed 250 pieces of wood paneling alongside our partners at Para la Naturaleza. These wood pieces were placed to encourage sand catchment in an effort to rebuild the dunes on Punta Boquillas beach at the Hacienda la Esperanza Nature Re

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