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Portrait by Aundre Larrow. Artwork courtesy of the artist.

A dozen artistic responses to one of the greatest threats of our time

How could your land trust collaborate with artists in your community to make climate change relevant? Check out some examples...

Human-induced climate change, which certain politicians deny and many of us choose to ignore, threatens the survival of every species on Earth…

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Blue And Yellow Clouds Windmills
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How to talk about climate change: 5 tips from the front lines

“Greenhouse gas emissions need to decrease fast if we are to have any chance of keeping global temperature rises below dangerous levels, and it is hard to see how this will happen without greater, and more urgent, engagement with society.

We need more people talking about climate change more often, because we need to break out of the current climate echo chamber.

However, many people feel under-equipped to do this. If that is you, these five tips may help you over this barrier. They are the result of both my own experience, and lessons from behavioural experts…”

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Flooding Around Barn

Addressing climate grief makes you a badass, not a snowflake

With the fires, floods, extreme storms and loss of life, climate grief is real and there are ways to cope. Students are grappling with this too. “Direct engagement with today’s biggest challenges is, nevertheless, the path many of today’s students are choosing to follow. That doesn’t make them snowflakes. It makes them badasses…”

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Citizens Climate Lobby
Citizens Climate Lobby

Make Change Happen: “Environmental Voters Project” gets environmentalists, conservationists, to the polls

One of the ways your land trust could help slow down climate change—and help with a lot of other conservation work, like funding and protecting legislation for conservation—is to empower those that care.

You may not think of yourself as an environmentalist (and instead connect with the word “conservationist”) but the outside world probably has you tagged that way. That means this information could be for you—and/or your land trust.

The Citizen’s Climate Lobby is a very thoughtful, responsible, and strategic organization. You can join them—or learn from them—regardless of your actions to slow down climate change.

Here’s a case in point: “The good news is that 20.1 million Americans who are registered to vote identify climate change or other environmental issues as one of their top two priorities. These are ‘super-environmentalists,’ as the Environmental Voter Project calls them.

The bad news? ‘Environmentalists are disproportionately awful voters,’ Nathaniel says. Using public voting and polling data, the Environmental Voter Project breaks down the numbers of environmentalists who vote…”

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Flooded Farm

Tips for land trusts to communicate about climate change

The Land Trust Alliance, a national land trust service center, provides tips and examples on how land trusts are stepping up to meet community members where they are and help empower them to take action on climate change.

As land trusts recognize the growing threat of species extinction, rise of invasives, loss of agricultural viability, and serious impacts on health and local economies, many are helping folks connect the dots in a way that matters to them.

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Fern Watch

Fern Watch

Just by monitoring the ferns on the forest floor, you can help League scientists learn how changes in climate may be affecting redwood forest habitats.

Help Save the Redwoods League track climate impacts in the coast redwood forest by observing Western sword fern (Polystichum munitum). This fern is common in the world’s tallest forests and responds quickly to increases or decreases in rainfall. You can help us track changes in these ferns in your local forest by joining our Fern Watch project through the free iNaturalist App. With your help we can locate habitat most buffered from climatic extremes and focus our conservation efforts in areas resilient to climate change.

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Faerthen Felix

Contribute to Science

Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. We share your findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe.

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Citizen Science
Tonatiuh Trejo-Cantwell

Citizen science programs, iNaturalist app, makes climate change real

Through its citizen science programs, Redwood Watch and Fern Watch, the Save The Redwoods League (a land trust in California) works with community members to help study where redwood forest plants and animals live throughout the redwood range, and track changes in the forest over time, including climate impact.

The land trust has a variety of programs centered around climate change research and uses iNaturalist to help with community plant identification. Check out the fern watch program

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December 1984

Earth just had its 400th straight warmer-than-average month to global warming

No, it’s not a fluke. Yes, we can do something about it. But it’s not something we can wait 10 years for to take action. The lands and waters you love are at risk. Check out the drivers and the trends. You and your land trust can play a role in slowing it down…

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Deep Sunset Colors
Patricia Prijatel

Can we break the spiral of silence on climate change?

What can ordinary people do to combat the extraordinary problem of climate change? Talk, and keep on talking. Yet, that’s a step some of us are reluctant to take…

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