Jan 8, 2015
Hi Lauriea, your title sounds intriguing but could you please provide a bit more detail? Thanks for your interest!
Jan 9, 2015
Hi Lauriea, Thank you for providing details on your proposal. It is very well thought of and I especially like the idea of climate change adaptation (CCA) curriculum in schools. Thank you so much for your contribution! Shree
Jan 9, 2015
Hi Lauriea, One more point i want to add to your proposal, probably we can some assignments to the students in the school. Some times i feel children of an culture comes out with simple and innovative ideas which elders and experience people can't imagine, its just about motivating and asking them to come up with a solution, so in the process we can preach the community in n number of ways. Venkat
Jan 10, 2015
Hi Lauriea, Thanks so much for your proposal - this is very exciting! I agree that family/community dialog as well as curriculum development are critical for climate change adaptation. I agree with vramanu that children are often a source of not only inspiration, but innovation, so it is important consider that intergenerational knowledge exchange works in both directions. I work with Lakota elders and they often tell me that they learn everything from children! To expand your proposal, can you provide a bit more detail as to how the calendars of the human body might be useful for the climate change adaptation curriculum? I think it would be easy to study the calendars as historical curiosities (i.e. something old and obsolete), but I think including them in the curriculum is a great way to give them new life as adaptive knowledge systems. I remember that in my elementary school we started each day by talking about the date, the weather, and the seasonal change we were seeing outside, so it's easy for me to imagine something similar in Pamiri classrooms with a calendar of the human body, and thereby reestablish the efficacy of the calendars. Talking to kids at school would also be a great way to find out what their parents are doing. e.g. which crops they are planting or harvesting. Thanks again! Morgan
Jan 10, 2015
Dear Ms. Ashley (Laurie if I may), You are suggesting that one effective way to revitalize the calendar is to work directly with children, elders, and practicing farmers. You are right the most effective way to do this is through the school system. This grass-roots approach is indeed the best way to ground the process, to give it vibrancy and effectiveness. Remember what region of the world we are talking about. The curriculum is in disarray and scientific knowledge is no longer valued due to economic instability and war. This is the value added that can be brought to bear on the situation. Climate science and understanding of the wonderful biodiversity of the region can galvanize the creativity of students and their teachers alike. You need to think through how the curriculum can be invigorated to value both indigenous ecological knowledge as well as scientific understanding. Instead of working with various ministries, identify a civil society institution in the region that is directly engaged in education of both girls and boys (women are a key part of agriculture and pastoral livelihoods). This civil society institution involved in education will know how to work with their government counter parts and the respective communities. Furthermore, this civil society institution will give you access to schools, parents, and village elders. Please look at these two works, they may provide the necessary background that may lead to suggestions for next steps: http://www.intechopen.com/books/climate-change-socioeconomic-effects/human-ecology-of-vulnerability-resilience-and-adaptation-case-studies-of-climate-change-from-high-la http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/187471611x600369 You are proposing an important sociocultural means of grounding the revitalization of the ecological calendars. I hope you will continue to develop your proposal.
Jan 23, 2015
Vankat, Morgan, and Dr. Kassam, Thank you for your comments and ideas on my proposal. I appreciate them and will work to revise the proposal based on your ideas in the coming week. I certainly believe that in all cultures the best ideas come from two-way (or multiple-way) intergenerational learning. It's powerful to bring the wisdom of experience together with the creative openness of youth. I think the trick is how to best foster and support this dialogue with facilitating interactions and the appropriate amount of locally relevant information. I look forward to your continued feedback as I revise. Thanks! Laurie
Mar 4, 2015
Hi Laurie, I wanted to let you know that Climate CoLab as expanded the 'Summary' field to 4000 characters so that you can incorporate some of these new ideas into your proposal. I hope that helps! Best, Morgan
Apr 17, 2015
Hi Laurie, 29 days until this contest ends! At this point, I would encourage you to start fine-tuning your proposal. We now have an amazing set of judges from the National Consortium for Atmospheric Research (Dr. Greg Holland), The University of Maryland (Dr. Surya Sharma), College of the Atlantic (Dr. Doreen Stabinsky) and The Lowlander Center (Dr. Kristina Peterson) not to mention, our two esteemed advisors. Please see: https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1301102. I hope your proposal will wow them! Best of luck! Natasha
Apr 26, 2015
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