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Climate change conversation: Global issues, community response

Talking about climate change on a community level is important if we want to make a difference.

Climate change is a multi-faceted issue that requires a diversity of approaches to address. It impacts our natural environment, our relationships with the land, and our relationships with each other.

The speakers will present different perspectives on how climate change is impacting our region, some of the challenges it presents, what to expect, and what we can do on a community level to mitigate and adapt to the changing environment… We expect them to talk about solar and farm viability, climate justice, and climate impacts on plants in northern Vermont.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022; 6 p.m. EST

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Nature's best hope

Addressing climate change through land conservation and land stewardship

Providing local people ways to be part of the climate solution is increasingly important to offsetting the feeling of climate doom. To do so we have to be authentic, credible, creative, and inclusive.

Kestrel Land Trust is hosting a speakers series designed to empower local action around habitat conservation and climate change.

On Thursday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, there will be a 60-minute online presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A. Bring your curiosity and questions!

This program is the second of Kestrel’s 2022 Ecological Solutions for Climate Change Speaker Series.

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Building A Resilient Future Together

Climate change and community conservation

Check out this short video about a community grappling with climate change and how a land trust is helping to lead from behind.

Oftentimes, land trusts find it challenging to lead from behind and connect the work of conservation and climate change to the communities they serve. This video does a very good job of showing the impact of listening, responding, and leading from behind.

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Addressing climate change with land conservation and stewardship

Check out Kestrel Land Trust's climate talk tonight.

This program is the second of Kestrel’s 2022 Ecological Solutions for Climate Change Speaker Series.

The rallying cry, “Think Global, Act Local,” is just as relevant as ever, as the causes and challenges of climate change are “unequivocal” according to the 6th assessment report recently released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). We are feeling the effects of a changing climate here in the Valley. How does the way we use the land in our own communities impact the climate? How can land conservation and stewardship make a difference?

Thursday, March 31st at 6:30pm Eastern Daylight Time, Scott Jackson, a University of Massachusetts Amherst professor of Environmental Conservation will give a 60-minute online presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A. Bring your curiosity and questions!

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Working Lands Resiliency Initiative

Land trusts of all sizes are working to connect with their communities around climate change. The first step is figuring out what matters.

Combined with increasing climate vulnerability, our valley is experiencing dramatic agricultural land loss. This threatens Taos’ agricultural heritage, disrupts a 400+ year-old acequia system, and challenges efforts towards ecological and community resilience.

The Working Lands Resiliency Initiative combines community organizing with research and advocacy to begin venturing solutions and support to protect Taos’ agricultural heritage and landscapes…

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Taos Water
Jim O’Donnell

SoundCloud: Taos, acequias, water, and the Abeyta Settlement with Judy Torres – hosted by Jim O’Donnell

If you are interested in learning about Taos, New Mexico's 400+ year-old acequia system, this might be worth a listen.

In this 45-minute interview, Taos Land Trust’s Jim O’Donnell talks with Judy Torres of the Taos Valley Acequia Association (TVAA) about irrigation in northern New Mexico, the Abeyta Settlement, the history of acequias, water in the valley and where we are headed.

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Land is a critical resource, IPCC report says

Here’s the good news: according to a report released by the United Nations in 2019, land conservation is one of the most important and effective methods of reducing the negative impacts of climate change.

Land is already under growing human pressure and climate change is adding to these pressures. At the same time, keeping global warming to well below 2ºC can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors including land and food, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in its latest report on Thursday.

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Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Why rivers matter in a changing climate

Maine Coast Heritage Trust is increasing its climate change work. To do so they are expanding partnerships and raising money to accelerate the impact.

Conditions on the Maine coast are rapidly changing. The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 95% of the world’s oceans; sea level is expected to rise six feet in the next fifty years; some of our roads and bridges are already under water at high tide; storms are increasing in intensity and frequency.

Here’s the good news: according to a report released by the United Nations in 2019, land conservation is one of the most important and effective methods of reducing the negative impacts of climate change…

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Pacific Forest Trust

Natural Climate Solutions

Talking about climate change in a way that connects people to what they see, and feel, on a daily basis is increasingly important. So, too, is linking to policy initiatives that could help. Check out how Pacific Forest Trust works on natural climate solutions.

You might appreciate how Pacific Forest Trust is talking about natural climate solutions as they relate to forests — and the work of the land trust.

Check out their website pages related to climate change. Let me know how your land trust is talking about natural climate solutions and how they are part of the overall climate work that needs to be done.

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Whitcomb Farm Solar

Farmers can be part of the climate solution — and many already are. If you or your land trust works with farmers, you might consider how to amplify the positive change agriculture can be.

In conjunction with an easement from the Vermont Land Trust, the solar array will provide lease revenue to the farmers that will assist in keeping the farm in active agricultural use for generations to come.

Meg Armstrong, the owner of Witcomb Farm notes “We were thrilled with the outcome of our work with Encore on the siting of a solar array on our active dairy farm in Essex Junction, Vermont. Encore’s work resulted in an annual lease payment that provides us with the opportunity to improve our farmstead while preserving topsoil integrity. Farming has always involved land, sunlight, and water to produce value; we are pleased to be able to diversify our farming operations to include renewable electricity generation in addition to forage crops and dairy…”

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