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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 Director Amber Pairis introduced the Alliance and the Climate Kids program, Dani Boudreau from Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR) went over region-specific climate change impacts and examples of how to share information with others. Ranger Alex Warneke from Cabrillo National Monument taught how to ‘pivot’ conversations towards optimistic and conducive discussion. Alliance Staff then reviewed educational activities appropriate for select grades within the K-12 teaching range. To wrap up the training, the San Diego Zoo team presented components of their new climate science programs and received input from Alliance staff.

We had a great time with the amazing team at the San Diego Zoo and look forward to seeing their emerging role as climate change education rock stars in our region. Thank you to our partners Dani and Alex for lending your time and knowledge.

For information on how to communicate climate change, visit our Resources page at our Climate Kids site.

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