climate listening project 2015

The Climate Listening Project National Cultivating Resilience Tour is happening!

We started out listening to climate stories near Asheville, NC, home to the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit and NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, now known as the National Centers for Environmental Information. We listened to local fishermen, farmers, business owners and community leaders, along with the nation’s leading climate scientists. Not only did we hear stories of impacts from climate disruption, but also learned why people care about climate change and what they are doing to create community resilience. More than 50 stories have been shared so far via Facebook photo memes, photos, short video clips, and the trailer, accessible on YouTube. The project was featured on local and national media and became something.

That ‘something’ is a platform for collaborations. An effort to tell the story of how the stories are being told – how people are talking about climate change and cultivating resilience.

We have presented the Climate Listening Project at Lenoir-Rhyne University, University of North Carolina Asheville, and Americorp Project Conserve, and collaborated with Warren Wilson College, Isothermal Community College, NC State University and University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment at Chapel Hill. So far in 2015, we have connected and/or collaborated with the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, the USDA Southeast Climate Hub, Interfaith Power and Light, Mother Earth News Magazine and Mother Earth News Fair, the Climate Collider, and New Society Publishers, among others.

Now, we are taking it on the road throughout the Southeast and across the United States to to connect and film stories on cultivating resilience in agriculture, faith, business and communities across climate zones! So far, we’re booked in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Montana.

One collaboration we’re really excited about is with Laura Lengnick, author of a new book from New Society Publishers, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate. We’ll be talking with farmers featured in her new book on a national Cultivating Resilience Tour. Laura has been actively exploring the community-enhancing potential of agriculture and food systems for more than 30 years. Through her work as a researcher, policymaker, activist, educator and farmer, she has gained the expertise necessary to better understand what it takes to move sustainability values into action at every level. Laura has been nationally recognized for her work with a USDA Secretary’s Honor Award, and she contributed to the 3rd National Climate Assessment as a lead author of the report Climate Change and U.S. Agriculture: Effects and Adaptation.

Thank you to our partners:
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
K23 Media
Laura Lengnick and New Society Publishers
Site Dart Studio

Plus, big thanks to press, storytellers and collaborators:
NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, now known as the National Centers for Environmental Information
Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites
North Carolina State Climatologist
Climate Interactive
Climate Collider
Mother Earth News Magazine and Mother Earth News Fair
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
Facebook Data Center
Interfaith Power and Light
Creation Care Alliance
Anna Jane Joyner
Kurt Mann and Climate Alive
Green Living Guy
The Green Divas
Nature’s Edge with Dale Stewart
Asheville Grit
Laurel of Asheville Magazine
Royal Peasantry
Musician, Galen Kipar
Poet, Laura Hope-Gill
Echoview Farm and Fibermill
Riverbend Malthouse
City of Asheville
Accelerating Appalachia

Interested in partnering, collaborating, or booking the Climate Listening Project? Please connect.

Read more about the Climate Listening Project.