We are excited to announce our two, inaugural, 2017 Project Incubators! Incubators convene interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral teams in a series of start-up meetings to creatively tackle multi-faceted conservation problems. This year we are hosting the Story Map of Climate Change Incubator, led by Lisa Hayward Watts of UW, and Josh Nowlis of NOAA, and the Camas Prairie Cultural Ecosystems Incubator, led by Joyce LeCompte of UW, and Sarah Hamman of the Center for Natural Lands Management. The Story Map of Climate Change project will develop place-based, interactive online story maps designed to inform and build empathy among scientists, resource managers, and stakeholders about the consequences of climate change, specifically drought and sea level rise affecting Northwest communities. The Camas Prairie Cultural Ecosystems project will develop a community-engaged education, research, and restoration program designed to revitalize the Coast Salish cultural practices that maintain camas prairies as ecosystems and important sources of food. Check back frequently for updates on both projects!
We are excited to welcome Andrew Arakaki, our new program assistant, to the C3 team! Andrew is a senior in biology at UW, with career plans to address the relationships between climate change and human health. He brings a rare combination of multidisciplinary, intersectional, and critical perspectives to problem-solving, and offers experience in leadership, event planning, facilitation, and mentoring. In addition to helping us with all things C3, he doubles as a grasshopper researcher, teaching assistant, and campus tour guide. Welcome, Andrew!
Dargan Frierson and Judy Twedt, UW atmospheric scientists and dedicated participants of C3, have set global temperatures to a frenzied beat. They translated average temperatures for each of the last 136 years into a musical score, a process called “sonification.” The result is a catchy but unsettling melody that rises to a shrieking pitch, given the last three years have been the warmest on record. Read more, and hear the facts for yourself.
We are excited to welcome Jasmmine Ramgotra, a UW Senior double majoring in Environmental Studies and Dance, as our first intern at C3. Jasmmine will explore the pressing issue of diversity in the environmental movement, and present her findings in a multi-media performance this spring. She will be conducting interviews with leaders in academia, government, non-profits, and the business community to assess awareness and scope solutions for the current lack of diversity in environmental fields. She writes, “Through this unusual combination of research, collaboration, and creative communication I intend to create a meaningful starting point for conversation and action related to positive behavior change in the environmental field – a new culture of inclusion, respect and innovation.” Look for an announcement about her performance in early spring!
The Center for Creative Conservation is seeking a student hourly program assistant to help with scheduling meetings, event planning, staffing meetings and events, communicating via social media, website and mailing list management, and other administrative needs. For more information and to apply, see the position description. The opening is also posted on Husky Jobs. Applications are due January 1, 2017.
We were honored to co-sponsor a Standing Rock teach-in at UW’s “wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ” Intellectual House on December 1, 2016. The event was organized by the Native Organization of Indigenous Scholars (NOIS) and featured an overview and timeline of the movement, eyewitness accounts of life at the Oceti Sakowin camp, statements of solidarity, an inspiring presentation by Matika Wilbur, films, photos, and lunch. Over 300 guests attended.
This week we received a generous gift from the REI Foundation that will enable us to harness the growing momentum of our Nature & Health Working Group, and move from ideas to action. This community of medical practitioners, environmental scientists, open-space planners, outdoor industry representatives, environmental educators, and others are exploring how experiences in nature benefit human health and well-being. We are working to build a community of practice, develop a research, policy, and action agenda, and define fundable initiatives and research projects. Thank you, REI!
Hear how video games will change the future! Last week, Komo Newsradio in Seattle aired this interview with Josh Lawler, co-director of the Center for Creative Conservation, talking about games like “Save the Pikas” and “EcoTrivia: Save the Animals!” And yesterday, Seattle’s Child published this story on how games like these help parents talk to their kids about climate change. EarthGames is a group of University of Washington students and faculty working to make environmental learning fun for the 50-60% of Americans who play video games.
The Center for Creative Conservation is excited to announce our first call for proposals. We invite ideas for transdisciplinary project Incubators on any cross-cutting topic related to conservation and sustainability from groups of practitioners and University of Washington (UW) researchers. Project Incubators convene interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral teams in a series of start-up meetings to encourage effective and creative conservation problem solving.