Because of climate change, communities face devastating weather events, watershed management challenges and economic uncertainties. Building resilience can strengthen communities in preparing for, responding to and recovering from climate impacts and other disruptions through collaborative, innovative solutions.
Education is the first step in building community resilience. Educators and students working together can build local strengths to ensure that their communities will be able to address the complexities of climate change and thrive. Educators in schools and in the community can educate about climate change and its effects, and students can help to lead their communities to a future where they meet challenges and solve problems with resilience.
The 2016 Education Summit will empower educators and students to build resilience in their communities. Open to educators at all levels, both formal and informal, as well as middle school through graduate school students, the summit will take place on the third day of the Local Solutions: Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference in Baltimore, Md. The conference is co-hosted by Antioch University New England’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Resilience, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
When: April 6, 2016
Where: Sheraton Inner Harbor, 300 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
At the conference, sessions will help participants gain an understanding of how, both in schools and in the broader community, we can educate to build community resilience. Attendees will be able to take part in professional training workshops on topics such as how to integrate climate change education into curricula, how organizations are communicating about climate change and issues of climate justice and community resilience. They also will also have the opportunity to visit SciTech to explore hands-on, minds-on learning activities that help students more fully explore climate change.
During the summit, participants will be able to collaborate on a document to influence policy makers, based on what they have learned throughout the day. Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org, will address the importance of community resilience in his keynote speech. The Education Summit will conclude with a forum on how to move forward and apply what has been learned. Each participant will leave the summit as an agent of change, better able to build community resilience through education.