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SCENE is for all of us working in science and environmental communication, outreach, and engagement. It is brought to you by the Center for Creative Climate Communication and Behavioral Change (C3BC). Please contact us with your info and events to share in future biweekly issues.




Human Rights and Corporate Decision Making

Thursday, September 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Koelbel Building, room 341, Leeds School of Business
995 Regent Drive, CU Boulder main campus

Through the lens of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the First Nations whose land the project routes through, this program will explore how corporate decisions in energy infrastructure development can have serious negative impacts on downstream communities and populations. Co-presented by First Peoples Worldwide and the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility. See the event webpage for details and to register.

Accelerating Climate Capacity, Engagement, and Leadership Summit (ACCELS)

Thursday, September 22 - Friday, September 23
$20 (fee waivers available)

Join us for the ACCEL Summit, convened by the CLEAN Network! Climate and energy literacy leaders will share, learn, and explore collaborations for the next year. Come together to develop a learning and action network that can advance a shared vision and systemic change. Anyone who works in climate and energy education is invited to participate. We are striving to make our event equitable and welcoming to all. Our specific goals are to ensure racial equity and inclusivity, making a place for all voices at the table. We will use information provided by participants during registration for strategic planning, and are requiring that participants pay a small fee through our University system which allows us to compensate our speakers for their time. Registrants will be asked to complete registration through Eventbrite, and then in the University system to gain access to the online event. Register via Eventbrite.

Pikas, Prairies, and the Climate Crisis

Friday, September 23 - January 8
Museum of Boulder
2205 Broadway, Boulder
$10 adults; $8 seniors/youth/college students; free under 5 and SNAP cardholders

The Museum of Boulder has a new exhibit exploring the surprising connections between Colorado’s shortgrass prairies and the American pika. Pikas, a cold-loving species that live in the high-altitude mountains, are threatened by warming temperatures and diminishing snowpack. Their survival may depend on our ability to protect a place hundreds of miles from their alpine home—the Great Plains. Visitors will learn about conservation efforts to connect the dots between these two diverse areas, as well as ways that they can become involved in protecting pika, prairies, pronghorn, and more. See the exhibit webpage for more.

Sacred Responses to Climate Change

Friday, September 23, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Center for Community (C4C), Abrams Lounge, S336

This interfaith panel discussion focuses on sacred responses to the environmental crisis. Panelists will discuss how religious ethics are shaping environmental ethics from a Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Indigenous perspective. The event is sponsored by the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS), Department of Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, and Ethnic Studies. See more and register on the CNAIS website.

Water is Life

Friday, September 23, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut Street, Boulder

Visit the Dairy Arts Center for the opening of Water is Life, with powerful work by artists committed to protecting and educating others about the importance of water to the collective human species, and to listening to what Earth is telling us about our common home. Curated by JayCee Beyale and Creative Nations, the opening features a panel of artists and scientists starting at 4:00. Free and open to the public. See the event webpage for more. The exhibit will be open through November 19.

Social Science and Sustainability Technology Workshop

Friday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Kittredge Central Hall
2480 Kittredge Loop Drive
CU Boulder main campus

Developing and deploying new technologies will be key to decoupling the dramatic improvements of the past century in human material well-being from their environmental impacts. Developing and deploying sustainability technologies at scale is a complex social, political, and engineering challenge. Please join us for an in-person workshop that will bring together North American thought leaders working on the social science aspects of this challenge. Sponsored by the CIRES Center for Social and Environmental Futures (C-SEF) and the Center for Creative Climate Communication and Behavior Change (C3BC). Visit the Eventbrite page to see the topics and speakers and to register for this free event.

CU on the Weekend

What do you do when the earth shakes? Children, adults, and generational gaps in protective action behavior
Saturday, October 22, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
CASE building, 4th floor auditorium

Lori Peek, director of the Natural Hazards Center, will share her research team's study of how people react during a crisis, and whether they remember and follow guidance given during drills commonly conducted in K-12 classrooms. The team conducted in-depth interviews after the 2018 Anchorage, Alaska earthquake and the 2019 Ridgecrest, California earthquakes. Peek will share what children and adults did in the earthquakes, as well as the factors that shaped whether they took the correct recommended protective actions. She will also explain how the findings from this study can help inform our understanding of risk communication and preparedness for other hazards such as wildfires, floods and tornadoes. See more and register on the Office for Outreach and Engagement website.

Community-engaged scholarship showcase

Saturday, October 22, 2:30-4:15 p.m.
CASE building, 4th floor Chancellor's Hall

The showcase will immediately follow Lori Peek’s CU on the Weekend lecture (above). Audience members will have the opportunity to talk with CU Boulder faculty, staff and students conducting community-engaged scholarship related to the implications of climate change. Many of the presented projects will be related to community-engaged scholarship and the Marshall Fire. The Office for Outreach and Engagement is producing the showcase and Peek’s lecture in partnership with RIO’s Research & Innovation Week, October 17-22. See more and register on the event webpage.



Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit announces speakers, panels

The December summit, a partnership between the United Nations and CU Boulder, will feature climate and human rights activist Kumi Naidoo as a keynote speaker. He joins keynote speakers Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and climate justice advocate, and Sheila Watt-Cloutier, indigenous rights leader and Nobel Prize nominee. Panels will open up impacts, obligations, and solutions in the climate and human rights space. See more and sign up for updates on the summit website.



Sidewalk Symposium

Undergraduate research showcase

UROP's Sidewalk Symposium invites undergraduates to share their research and creative work with chalk on campus walkways—all in collaboration with a professional artist. The Sidewalk Symposium is scheduled for October 18 as part of CU Boulder's Research & Innovation Week. UROP welcomes undergraduates at any stage of their project timeline to participate in this year's Sidewalk Symposium by creating colorful visual presentations of their projects using nothing but chalk. UROP funding is not needed to participate. See more and apply on the event webpage.

Young Women's Voices for Climate
Vocal empowerment for youth

Please share with youth or colleagues who work with youth grades 5-12. SPEAK is recruiting a new group of female-identifying and gender expansive youth, or those who benefit from a female-focused approach to climate, to join Young Women's Voices for Climate. On Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00, through the fall semester, participants will be led through the SPEAK vocal empowerment curriculum to empower their own voices for self and civic advocacy. They will explore vocal and physical exercises, journaling for self-exploration, and performance-based creations to engage them in using their voices to speak out on their most passionate concerns. This will culminate in a creative public sharing of voices focused on human rights and climate change (likely in association with the UN “Right Here Right Now” event). See more and register for this free program using a Google form.

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