Building Community Resilience: Climate Change Education as a First Step

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The effects of climate change on urban areas—like flooding, heat, and drought—are clear to urban waters practitioners around the nation. However, the science of a changing climate can be complex and unclear to the communities that are affected. This webinar includes organizations that are communicating climate change science to the public via different forms of education.

Jennifer Sloan shares a primer on relevant climate change topics related to urban waters, followed by examples of Groundwork Hudson Valley’s climate change curriculum and other online materials available for educators and program managers. We also hear from two organizations that are incorporating climate change education into different kinds of programming to drive community action. Juliana Gonzales shares how the Watershed Project includes climate change education in different kinds of programming, from school-based programs (like Resilient by Design) to city planning (like regional master planning). Alicia Lehrer shares the results of a recent climate survey that the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Association conducted with residents from an area prone to flooding. Learn about how the survey was constructed and implemented as well as how the survey results help to guide future educational opportunities and advocacy actions for the community.

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This webinar is part of a series hosted by the Urban Waters Learning Network. This year, we are focusing on providing support to urban waters practitioners to help them build community and climate resilience through education, mitigation, and planning.  We will be addressing this topic in the coming months through this webinar series, blog posts, Impact Stories, and other resources.