“Teaching [through] stories has been shown to be an effective approach…stories touch on people’s emotional intelligence, value systems and community relationships…Additionally, it [this project] helps to build Minnesotan’s confidence and competence in communicating about climate change to their friends, family and community.”
– Mark Seeley, Climatologist
In 2014 we launched Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions, a two-year project funded through the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Climate Minnesota responds to the urgent need to increase climate literacy and promote sustainable behavior change among Minnesotans by sharing the knowledge of local experts and the stories of individuals engaged in the issue of climate change. The project builds on the importance of storytelling, community-led innovations and local solutions, as well as the the power of media for sharing stories. In May of 2017 we were honored to receive an award in recognition of this project by the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership.
The three major outcomes of this project include:
1) Public Convenings: Throughout 2015 and into 2016, we are holding 12 public convenings across the state that connect communities to the issue of climate change through local science, stories, and solutions. Convening components encompass the broad range of impacts that Minnesotans are seeing now, and are tailored to each community. In addition, we will hold two educator workshops as follow-up opportunities for convening participants.
2) Storytelling Collection: Minnesotans across the state are sharing their stories of how climate change has impacted their lives, either in blog or podcast form. We’re showcasing these on the Storytelling page of our Climate Minnesota website.
3) Television production: In coordination with Twin Cities PBS (TPT), we produced a documentary, Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate, that shares the stories of six Minnesotans experiencing climate change. The documentary also includes expert testimony and an accompanying discussion guide for hosting community screenings.
Major funding provided by: