Scientists have been aware of, and tracking, the impact of climate change since 1938. However, even though the science is long-settled regarding the existence and potential consequences of climate change, the “general public” remains mostly unable to discuss and address the vast impact that the climate crisis is having on the earth in general and Maine in particular. Even when a non-scientist recognizes and understands that climate change is happening, there is rarely (if ever) anything beyond that recognition. There has not been an ongoing dialogue where a large community of people across ages, expertise, political leanings, and educational backgrounds are addressing what is happening in their communities due to climate change. The Maine Science Festival is hosting Climate Conversations, an opportunity for Mainers to have a true dialogue about climate change in Maine.
Climate Conversations is modeled after the intimacy of StoryCorps with a specific focus on building connections between people about climate change in Maine. Because conversations about climate change have been so difficult for the public to have, we will have a facilitator who will encourage participants to answer the following questions:
- What are you noticing?
- Who is impacted?
- What is the logical future for this?
- What future would you rather see?
Climate Conversations will be set up as a small studio and be recorded (audio only). A facilitator will be on hand to help participants.
Recommended audience: all ages