Written by Green Diva Dayna Reggero
Climate listening… can you hear me now?
Are you experiencing climate change impact in your community? And in what ways are folks rallying to adapt and meet the challenges caused by climate disruption? I recently launched The Climate Listening project in my community near Western North Carolina. Listen to what I’m learning from people who are telling their stories in this Green Divas myEARTH360 Report... then read on for more.
We started asking around for local climate stories while Anna Jane Joyner was filming with Ian Somerhalder for #YearsProject.
When the stories started coming in, we heard about flooding, loss of crops, forest fires, disruptive weather, loss of trees, invasive species and more, right here in our local communities. But, we also heard stories of mitigation and adaptation, community members working together for a resilient future—it was inspiring!
Listen to what people are saying:
Showtime’s Years of Living Dangerously connected millions of people to real climate stories around the world and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series; results from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report hit mainstream newspapers and televisions; The White House announced plans to strengthen global resilience to climate change and cut carbon pollution; the EPA proposed a Clean Power Plan with first-ever limits on carbon pollution; leaders from around the globe joined together at the United Nations Climate Summit to talk climate solutions; and more than 400,000 people marched during the People’s Climate March in New York and in cities across the world.
People in every community are talking about climate change.
The Climate Listening Project is a collaborative effort to help local people share their climate stories and connect local community conversations about climate change impacts and resilience. Sharing climate impacts people are seeing in their daily lives and ideas for how to address those. From top climatologists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center to families, business owners, fishermen, farmers, colleges, faith leaders and beyond—they’re all sharing their stories.
Every community has a story. This collaborative storytelling project focuses on people and place and hopes to inspires more local conversations about climate resilience.
Even though climate change is a problem which must be addressed nationally and internationally, the impacts are very much local. Resiliency to climate impacts starts in our communities. ~ Luis Martinez, NRDC.
Share your climate story and see what other people are saying on Facebook @ Climate Listening Project.
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