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Getting the community involved in climate action

Ecotrope | Aug. 11, 2011 9:39 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:36 p.m.

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The now ubiquitous carbon footprint calculators (like this one from Seattle Climate Action NOW or this one from Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality), efforts like Washington Department of Ecology’s Shrink Your Carbon Footprint Pledge and various community Climate Action Plans (including these from University of Idaho, Multnomah County, and the city of Seattle) have been helping residents become more aware about individual impacts on climate change.

State and local agencies and organizations are now trying even more innovative projects to get the public engaged in dialogue and education about climate change.

Multnomah County’s Office of Sustainability recently held the Climate Short Film Contest in partnership with Oregon Environmental Council and AmeriCorps to see what community members have to contribute to the climate change dialogue.

First place in the under 19 category was this faux newscast from Portland’s Madison High School Green Team, complete with water-saving toilets and zombies.

Another winner, Anders Christenson, used stop motion animation to share his thoughts on climate change solutions.

The Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship in Washington has a project called Witnessing Change.  Citizens are invited to help document the changing landscape of three different monitoring sites through citizen-contributed photographs.

Here’s a photo from one of the sites at Beach Barn Reserve from October 2009

The birch tree photo monitoring site at Beach Barn Reserve, October 2009

The birch tree photo monitoring site at Beach Barn Reserve, October 2009

And another photo from the same site taken April 2010

The same birch tree photo monitoring site from above, taken April 2010.

The same birch tree photo monitoring site from above, taken April 2010.

If your community is taking an innovative approach to climate action education and engagement, I’d love to know about. Share your thoughts in the comments below or send me an email.

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