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Talking about climate change and climate action

Are you wondering what the most important thing you can do to help slow down climate change is? The answer: talking about it. Yet how? When? In what ways to help people lean in and connect? It's not rocket science — it starts with you.

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe recently talked about this very issue with the Oxford Climate Society. It’s completely relevant to our efforts, here in the United States. And you, and any organization who listens to this, can be a leader with her tips.

This talk is engaging, with good examples of what kinds of tips you might use in different situations. She also talks about what else she is doing to help folks talk about climate change, including new book club questions and teacher curriculum.

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Agrivoltaics clearinghouse launches to share info on matching solar with farming

Let's focus on soil health, water management, and farm and ranch viability. Let's stop focusing on preventing solar on "the best soils" and recognize that we have lost millions of acres of "the best soils" to development — or farming practices that have eroded those very soils and caused massive water pollution. This resource can help change current misconceptions, and support farmers and ranchers.

Solar installations may cover more than 3 million acres of the United States over the next decade, opening the door for PV to be paired with agricultural land to produce food, conserve ecosystems, and maximize income for farmers.

This opportunity, led by the National Center for Appropriate Technology to launch, is said to be the nation’s first AgriSolar Clearinghouse to connect farmers, ranchers, land managers, solar developers, and researchers with information about co-locating solar and agriculture…

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Agri Solar Clearing House

What is the AgriSolar Clearinghouse?

Solar installations may cover more than 3 million acres of the United States over the next decade, opening the door for PV to be paired with agricultural land to produce food, conserve ecosystems, and maximize income for farmers. This opportunity, led by the National Center for Appropriate Technology to launch, is said to be the nation’s first AgriSolar Clearinghouse to connect farmers, ranchers, land managers, solar developers, and researchers with information about co-locating solar and agriculture...

The AgriSolar Clearinghouse is an information-sharing, relationship-building, public communications hub for all things agrisolar. The AgriSolar community will:

  • Connect farmers, developers, researchers, and the public
  • Provide practical technical assistance
  • Develop best practices and innovative solutions to barriers
  • Evaluate innovative financing options
  • Promote sustainable agrisolar opportunities
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Virtual Solar Symposium

I thought you might appreciate the upcoming Solar and Wildlife/Natural Resources Symposium from December 1st – 3rd. It's remote; they will share recordings after the sessions if you are busy during that time. There's a very interesting mix of speakers and topics. American Farmland Trust, Defenders of Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Audubon Society, and American Solar Grazing Association are presenting, to name a few. 

Dual-use solar is increasingly recognized as a way to accelerate climate “mitigation” (slowing down) while enhancing farm and ranch viability, soil health, and water management.

For many people in the conservation field, as well as community members, this perspective and the supporting data require a paradigm shift.

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Therapists in Maine are treating more people for climate anxiety

Perhaps you can relate to this article about how therapists in Maine are treating more people for climate anxiety.

‘What do you call a lobsterman when there are no more lobsters?’

The climate crisis is impacting all aspects of people’s lives, from rising temperatures outsides, to food supply, to even the money in people’s wallets. And it’s particularly worrying Maine residents who rely on consistent climates for a living — and their identity.

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These World Heritage Forests have gone from removing carbon from the atmosphere to emitting it

With the international climate talks getting considerable press, there's been more interest in sharing climate-related impacts, as well as solutions. For example, you might find the research documenting that World Heritage forests are releasing more carbon than they absorb, of interest.

Human activity and climate change-fueled disasters have turned 10 of the planet’s internationally recognized forests, also known as World Heritage sites, from carbon absorbers into carbon emitters, researchers have found. The report from UNESCO found these sites can absorb approximately 190 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year — roughly half the amount of the United Kingdom’s annual fossil fuel emissions.

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COP26

Uniting the world to tackle climate change

Have you been following some of the recent research around climate change? With the international climate talks getting considerable press, there's been more interest in sharing climate-related impacts, as well as solutions.

The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Trees should be planted without plastic guards, says UK study

As land trusts ramp up natural climate solutions, including tree plantings, there are a lot of things to consider. Plastic tubing is one of them.

Since the 1970s, saplings have generally been planted in translucent plastic tubes to protect them from being eaten by browsing animals. However, the research — which analyzed the lifecycle of the plastic and trees — found it was better to lose a certain percentage of saplings than use plastic guards to protect them…

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Dr. Katharine Hayhoe: Talking climate in a polarized environment

In case you missed this, her talk is still relevant. The Climate Citizens Lobby is something worth checking out, too.

Join Katharine Hayhoe for the opening plenary for Climate Citizens Lobby’s February 2021 Regional Conferences as she untangles the science behind how our beliefs shape our identity and highlights the key role our values can play in shaping our conversations on this crucial topic…

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Dramatic increase in public beliefs and worries about climate change

If you are curious about how your region stacks up, by county, on the scale of climate concern, you can check out the Climate Opinion Maps by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

“Americans’ belief that global warming is happening has increased six percentage points since March. Americans who think that global warming is happening now outnumber those who think it is not happening by more than 6 to 1.”

Check out the maps and data. It might be something you could share with others.

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