COLLABORATIVE SCIENCE WITH INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE FOR CLIMATE SOLUTIONS

Invitation for Rising Voices 4

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Storytelling for Solutions

Apply by 10 April, 2016

The Rising Voices 4 workshop, in partnership with PRiMO IKE Hui, will be held on the Big Island, Hawaii from 6-8 July, 2016. The theme of the workshop is “Storytelling for Solutions.” Through group discussions and local field trips, we will explore storytelling as a powerful conduit of knowledge among Indigenous and other scientific arenas, and across generations. The location of the gathering on Hawai'i Island is significant, as it plays a central role in atmospheric science, from measurements generated at several sites, and is home to local communities using place based knowledge and traditional practice to create modern day solutions to issues related to climate change.

  • What are the shared elements of communication of science and traditional narratives, and what can they learn from each other?
  • How does sharing stories (whether scientific or Indigenous) help illustrate the differences and similarities among diverse knowledge systems?
  • How can storytelling foster collaborations for climate solutions among people with various technical and traditional perspectives, approaches, and objectives?


The workshop will work towards several outcomes: reflect on principles of effective storytelling and science communication; identify core research ideas for project and program proposals; contribute to the U.S. National Climate Assessment 4 process; and compile recommendations for COP22 in Morocco.

If you are interested in attending Rising Voices 4, please apply by April 10, 2016. Application does not guarantee acceptance. A major component of Rising Voices 4 will be engagement through field trips and site visits. Unfortunately, this limits the number of participants that can be accommodated at Rising Voices 4. Your answers to a few short questions will help us select a group of people with complementary interests from diverse backgrounds. You will be notified in mid April about whether or
not we are able to accommodate you. Limited travel funding is available, more information is in the application.

Please apply by 10 April, 2016.

For more information, please contact: Jean Tanimoto; Heather Lazrus; Julie Maldonaldo; Bob Gough


The Rising Voices: Collaborative Science with Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Solutions
program facilitates cross-cultural approaches for adaptation solutions to extreme weather and climate events, climate variability and climate change. The program brings social and physical scientists and engineers together with Native American community members to assess critical community needs and to pursue joint research aimed at developing optimal plans for community action towards sustainability. Indigenous communities are particularly adversely affected by weather and climate impacts. They understand the local changes that are occurring and how their societies are impacted; scientists can provide insight on the underlying larger-scale causes and how these might change in the future. NCAR scientists and leading community members established the Rising Voices program to identify and define research and community priorities and to enable and promote important collaboration with Indigenous communities in Colorado and beyond.

Under Rising Voices social and physical scientists work together and in full partnership with community members to follow cultural protocols and understand community needs and priorities. Research collaborations are pursued that would not be possible by physical scientists, social scientists, or communities in isolation. In addition to including diverse disciplines and communities, Rising Voices also emphasizes participation of Indigenous students and early career scientists. This is an important step in rectifying the considerable underrepresentation of Indigenous populations in atmospheric sciences, decision making, and policy efforts in the United States.

Broad public participation in Rising Voices is welcomed through an annual workshop series. Participants came together from across the nation – including Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands, Alaska, Northwest, Southwest, the Plains, Midwest, RV 2 Workshop ParticipantsGulf states, and Northeast – for a rich and honest discussion regarding the complex climate change challenges facing Indigenous peoples, current adaptation and mitigation strategies, protection of Indigenous knowledge, sustainable Indigenous practices, and political and institutional barriers. Many of the Indigenous communities represented at Rising Voices are already contending with a changing climate, including displacement of Native Alaskan villages and Native Gulf Coast communities due to rising sea levels, loss of sea ice, and/or extreme hurricane activity. Additionally, severe droughts are impacting many tribes, including tribes in the Southwest and the Great Plains, which are resulting in water scarcity for domestic, agricultural, and livestock use.

Contact: Heather Lazrus - hlazrus@ucar.edu; Julie Maldonaldo - jkmaldo@gmail.com; Bob Gough -  gough.bob@gmail.com