Preparing for Global Change: Increasing Climate Literacy through Collective Impact

17 December 2015, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

San Francisco Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate A

Event Type:

Workshop

Ticketing Type:

Open To All

Section/Focus Group or Subject Matter:

Education (ED)

Understanding the causes, effects, risks, and developing the skills for responses to global change is a major challenge of the 21st century that requires coordinated contributions from the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, and beyond. In order to effectively address this challenge, a full spectrum of stakeholders are necessary to create citizens who are part of an agile and adaptable low carbon economy, capable of performing the jobs of the future and contributing to our society as citizens with problem-solving and critical thinking skills. There are been many effective efforts to implement climate change education, awareness, and engagement programs focused on a multitude of audiences, topics and in multiple regions. The organizers of these programs understand the power of collaboration for supporting and co-implementing effective programs and building synergies across multiple entities working to improve climate literacy. However, challenges still exist in coordinating initiatives, managing and leveraging resources, and resourcing the scaling effective programs to increase impact and reach. Leaders of these various climate and energy literacy efforts have elicited broad input to identify general understandings of what an overarching climate and energy literacy backbone support organization could do to extend and sustain their efforts described in the document as member networks. This half-day workshop will focus on examining examples of sustaining and scaling successful climate and energy literacy efforts, or member networks, to greater collective impact and develop general guidelines that will enable others to build additional member networks that can extend their reach and impact. We invite all who are interested in contributing to and learning from this discussion.This workshop is possible through a partnership of TERC, the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN), and the NOAA Climate Program Office and with the support of AGU Education and Outreach.