Alliance Director Shares on Importance of Diverse Voices for Climate Solutions at UoA


Alliance Director, Dr. Amber Pairis, was invited to present “Speaking to the Heart and Mind: Diverse Voices for Climate Solutions” in a special seminar for faculty, graduate students, and community members at the University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Now, more than ever, our communities and livelihoods are vulnerable to the imminent consequences of climate change—but there is still time. If we are to manage and restore our life support system, we must foster a new culture. We must think differently, we must act differently, and we must engage differently. We need to change the narrative from stories of doom and gloom to stories that are defined by ingenuity, creativity, and innovative solutions so that we offer alternative views of the future where individuals see themselves as part of the solution. To do this right, we need an engaged, compassionate, and creative multigenerational community, willing to come together to make hard decisions about our future.

On November 28, 2018 Climate Science Alliance (Alliance) Director, Dr. Amber Pairis, was invited to present “Speaking to the Heart and Mind: Diverse Voices for Climate Solutions” as part of the Fall seminar series at the University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE). Pairis shared on the boundary-spanning projects led by the Alliance and our diverse network of partners sharing skills, expertise, and knowledge in order to bridge the gap between research and application within the community. The special seminar event was attended by faculty members, graduate students and community members.

Shortly before the seminar talk, Pairis met with a group of graduate students for a student roundtable lunch for an intimate dialogue on the science-society interface.