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The Climate Listening Project–Learning To Adapt To Climate Change

By Kim Robson:

Except for the most stubbornly staunch climate science deniers, almost everyone now accepts that climate changeclimate change is here and that it’s only going to get worse. We’ve long passed the tipping point of being able to reverse climate change; all we can do now is try to mitigate its effects as much as possible.

Whether reports of extreme weather, the mass extinction of sea life, rising sea levels, or the loss of 50 percent of the Great Barrier Reef, the news is clear: climate change is on a relentless march. The real progress we’ve already made toward a future without fossil fuels is encouraging, but it’s also clear that irreversible damage has been done already.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t adapt. People everywhere, from farmers to business owners to community leaders, are stepping up to the challenge, finding ways to discern and predict what our future in a changed climate might look like.

For instance, a diverse group of farmers is beginning to shift toward a more resilient form of agriculture by using cover crops, planned grazing and crop biodiversity; and by moving away from monocultures, pesticides and dependence on fossil fuels. In the video below, farmers discuss their coping mechanisms for the increasing number of 100+ degree days.

The Climate Listening Project (CLP) weaves together the latest climate science with inspiring stories from across the United States and around the world. It explores the connections that are important to each of us — family, faith, food, nature, business, community and more. Their new trailer below introduces us to the CLP.

The project represents a collaboration of organizations, filmmakers, faith leaders, scientists, bloggers, businesses, photographers, corporations, farmers, government groups, communities and diverse individuals from around the globe. A sampling of the groups and entities includes K23 Media, Dogwood Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), National Audubon Society, Forsyth Audubon, Cultivating Resilience, MountainTrue, Regeneration International, Climate Interactive, The Collider and Accelerating Appalachia.

The CLP has evolved into a platform for discussing climate change and community, connecting countless people and encouraging hopeful, solutions-focused conversations about climate change. Coordinator and producer Dayna Reggero has been traveling to meet with people, listen to what they are saying about climate change, cultivate these stories, and share them in ways people can connect with.

She says, “We launched in Asheville, North Carolina, toured the Southeast, went up to New York and over to Montana. We traveled to Paris for the COP21 Climate Talks; and then to Belize to follow the story of a bird that is connecting people around the world. It’s the little connectors: a bird we love, the food we eat, our faith, families, and businesses — the things we care about. We hope that the stories and videos we share can express what we’re hearing about the impacts from climate change and the hopeful, positive stories of people around the world coming together around these connectors.”

Asheville and Western North Carolina are home to The Collider, NOAA’s NCEI, and many of the world’s leading climate think tanks and Nobel Peace Prize winning climate scientists. Reggero’s journey has continued throughout the Southeast, up the East Coast, across the United States, and around the world.

The Climate Listening Project recently joined other climate scientists, world leaders and environmental activists in Paris in December 2015 for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21. They also released their first Visual Timeline annual report in February 2016 and traveled to Belize on a listening tour in March 2016.

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About Kim Robson

Kim Robson lives and works with her husband in the Cuyamaca Mountains an hour east of San Diego. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, cooking, and animals. She has written a blog since 2006 at kimkiminy.wordpress.com. Her interests include the environment, dark skies, astronomy and physics, geology and rock collecting, living simply and cleanly, wilderness and wildlife conservation, and eating locally.

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