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Conference Call for Papers:The International Conference on Culture, Politics, and Climate Change

Conference Call for Papers:The International Conference on Culture, Politics, and Climate Change

September 13-15, 2012 -  Boulder, Colorado USA
Deadline for abstracts: January 10, 2012

This cross-disciplinary conference will explore intersections between culture, politics, and science in order to enhance our understanding of public policy addressing climate change. The conference will interrogate the many obstacles and opportunities confronting U.S. climate policymakers and scientists. Presenters will be asked to broadly consider how climate change is communicated and how these processes intersect with ongoing cultural and political issues. While we will focus on climate change, authors are encouraged to draw lessons that can be applied to a variety of environmental contexts. Comparative papers and panels that explore similarities and differences between culture, politics, and climate policy in the U.S. and other countries are encouraged.
Discussions about climate change, policy, and science arise in a variety of cultural settings. Questions of how and whether to address climate change on a national and global scale are significant parts of political and cultural discourse. How policy is made, the role of state and non-state actors, the communication of science and values, and how meaning is derived from our shared culture are all questions that directly influence policy outcomes. In the context of U.S. national elections and ongoing international climate negotiations, these considerations are especially relevant. This conference will address these questions in the context of the 2012 elections, the COP-18 climate talks, and other cultural developments.
Culture, Politics, and Climate Change is a conference of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder.

For more information, contact Deserai A. Crow, Associate Director, Center for Environmental Journalism

This conference is co-sponsored by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder, Advertising a2b, the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), and the CU Environmental Center.

In the Field, for the Future: Redfish School of Change

In the Field, for the Future: Redfish School of Change

Join this innovative field school designed for people who want to lead the way in creating positive social and environmental change. Travel from the mountains of the interior to the southern coast of British Columbia. Live and learn while you explore the wilderness, engage with a diversity of experts, and visit innovative sites across the province.

This year’s Redfish School of Change runs from May 16 to June 23, 2012.

Students receive credit for three environmental studies courses from the University of Victoria, and six months support on their environmental and social justice action projects. Undergraduate students from all disciplines are eligible and encouraged to consider this program as a complement to their studies.

Visit to see the eligibility requirements and learn about student bursaries.

Applications are accepted until February 15, 2012.

What do past participants have to say…

“The Redfish School of Change was the most intellectually stimulating and meaningful experience of my post-secondary career.” 
- 2009 participant

“Amazing” is an understatement when it comes to describing my experience in the Redfish School of Change and “beautiful” does not do justice to the places that we have seen and visited. I feel like my experience goes beyond what words can explain.” 
- 2010 participant

“I have really learned the power of community and I am not intimated to make change. This has been the most inspiring and rewarding experience [and] has given me everything I expected and more. This was the best money I have ever spent on myself. 
-  2011 participant

October 25: Take Me Outside Day!

October 25: Take Me Outside Day!

Please see the special message below from Colin Harris of Take Me Outside:

Dear friends of Take Me Outside,

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 9 months since starting my run across Canada to promote getting children and youth outside, active and connected to nature.  After 7000 km and almost 80 school visits, the TMO Project is soon coming to a close as I run the last 600 km towards the west coast.

I am writing to you to say thank you for your interest in the project and for your support as I ran across the country. I would also like to offer you, your children, students, businesses and communities another opportunity to get involved with the project. I am on target for completing the run on October 25th in Victoria, British Columbia and would like your help celebrating by declaring that day ‘Take Me Outside Day’.

For this celebration I would be grateful if we could get as many students (and adults) as possible outside to enjoy the fresh air for at least 15 minutes any time during that day.  It could be as simple as taking the students outside for part of their class, setting up some outdoor activities, or going for a walk.  Anything you choose to get outside, active and united. Our hope is that on October 25th, we can collectively get 25,000 students outside!  If you’re willing to pass this email on to other teachers, schools or even boards, it would be appreciated. We would love to make the media aware of this, so we’re asking for just a couple of things. If you can email us and let us know that a) You’re committing to celebrating this day with Colin and Take Me Outside and b) Give us some details about number of students and what you might do outside.  We’d love to share some of these stories and perhaps the media will even be interested in picking up the story.

Please R.S.V.P. to this invitation by October 18th (email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

I genuinely appreciate your support and enthusiasm


Colin Harris
Take Me Outside

CBEEN Elects its 2011-12 Board of Directors

CBEEN Elects its 2011-12 Board of Directors

On October 6, CBEEN staff, Board and members met at David Thompson Secondary School for the 2011 AGM. The AGM was preceded by lively networking and snacks, and followed by an engaging talk with outdoor educator Colin Harris of Take Me Outside.

This year’s 2011-12 Board of Directors includes standing Directors Ida Cale, Gillian Cooper, Kimberley Hartling, Ami Haworth, and Deborah Griffith, and new Directors Erika Momeyer, Cristallin Toullec and Yann Loranger.

Thank-you to all Directors for dedicating your time and your passion to the building of our network. We are anticipating another great year with you on our team!

CBT’s EIP program is back - Deadline for large grants is Nov 14

CBT’s EIP program is back - Deadline for large grants is Nov 14

The Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP) focuses on providing funding for community-initiated and community-supported project applications. Part of the program intent is to encourage education and awareness for all generations about Basin ecosystems and associated human interactions.

CBT is looking to groups in the Columbia Basin for projects that will help strengthen Basin-wide ability to meet environmental challenges.

EIP has provided approximately $4.5 million in funding over the past 10 years for environmental conservation, restoration, stewardship and education projects across the Basin.

CBT staff are available to provide some degree of assistance to proponents during the project/proposal development stage of EIP applications. There may also be a limited opportunity to access specific technical assistance.

Several aspects of the EIP funding process have recently changed to better meet the needs of program applicants. Environmental groups wishing to apply for funding should take note of these revisions:

1) The maximum funding for large grants has increased to $30,000, from $20,000.

2) The application deadline for large grants ($10,000 to $30,000) for the 2011/12 field season is Monday, November 14, 2011, at 3 p.m. PST/4 p.m. MST. PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a spring 2012 intake; the next intake will take place in fall 2012.

3) Funding applications for small grants (less than $10,000) may be submitted throughout the year. However, applications received by Monday, November 14, 2011, will be reviewed at that time; after that date, applications received will be reviewed as they arrive, but are subject to available funding.

Read more here.

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