Working in Informal Environments

Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) Alliance 2017 Effective Practices Webinar Series
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 15:00

Monday, May 1, 3-4pm EDT
Working in Informal Environments 

Presenters: John Anderson (NNOCCI, New England Aquarium), Raluca Ellis (CUSP, The Franklin Institute), Deborah Wasserman (MADE CLEAR, COSI)

About 240 million people learn about climate change issues through informal settings, such as television, the internet, the workplace, museums, zoos, and aquariums. Surveys of visitors to U.S. zoos, aquariums, and national parks indicate that there is far more interest and concern about climate change among visitors to informal science institutions than the average U.S. adult. This presents a significant opportunity for learning about climate change in informal environments. Join us for this webinar to hear from three CCEP Alliance projects about effective and tested practices in engaging informal audiences. Raluca Ellis, program director of Climate & Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP), will discuss how multiple organizations, “tabling” under a common message at festivals was successful at breaking down barriers to having positive conversations about climate change. John Anderson, Project Director for the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) will illustrate how social sciences have helped to shape productive conversations at hundreds of informal science education organizations across the U.S., and Deborah Wasserman, Senior Research Associate for the Lifelong Learning Group at COSI’s Center for Evaluation and Research will share how the MADE CLEAR Informal Climate Change Education (ICCE) community of practice has evolved to meet informal educators’ needs for peer relationships and professional development that would strengthen their confidence and strategies for integrating climate change education into their practice.

This series of four webinars (see below) will compliment the newly released Climate Change Education: Effective Practices for Working with Educators, Scientists, Decision Makers, and the Public guide.

Produced by the CCEP Alliance, this guide provides recommendations for effective education and communication practices when working with different types of audiences. While effective education has been traditionally defined as the acquisition of knowledge, Alliance programs maintain a broader definition of "effective" to include the acquisition and use of climate change knowledge to inform decision-making.

Please use this link to register for one or more of the webinars in this series. Once registered, information on how to connect to the webinars will be sent within a week of scheduled webinar.

More information can be found on the CCEP Alliance website, www.ccepalliance.org. 

National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance exemplary climate change education through research and practice.