2016 MEES Conference: The Language of Climate Change

The Language of Climate Change

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, Massachusetts

Environmental educators wear two hats (at least). There is the scientist hat, well fitted with content and process. Then there is the educator hat — perfect for “translating” and presenting complex content to a wide audience. As climate change becomes the environmental benchmark for this generation environmental educators need to hone their skills in both arenas of science and communication. Responding to that need, the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society will convene a “Language of Climate Change” summit in March 2016, dedicated to widely exploring avenues of climate change communication. The “Language of Climate Change” will feature researchers, influential leaders, program models, and active voices from within and outside of the environmental education field. Participants will tackle the question: how do we bring about a behavioral shift when teaching, talking or communicating climate change science? We will focus specifically on communicating to a K-12 and college audience, and with over 200 formal and informal educators expected, this is an opportunity to gather a wellspring of energy in the state to address this topic.

Grant funding for this initiative will allow us to bring in nationally recognized speakers and presenters to help guide the dialogue, and fund usable outcomes such as shared documents, resources and follow-up workgroups.

Questions? Please email [email protected]

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