Rising Voices

Virtual Rising Voices Series: August is water systems month!
The next part of the Virtual Rising Voices 8 (VRV8) series will be focused on marine and freshwater ecosystems. Please join us for the following sessions: 
Friday, August 7, 11:30am-1:-00pm Mountain Time, Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems Panel Session. To join the session, click here.
Friday, August 21, 12:00-2:00pm Mountain Time, Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems Working Group Session. Details coming soon for how to join remotely. We welcome your participation!
You can view the previous Virtual Rising Voices 8 series events here. 
Rising Voices: Seed Funding for Catalyzing Research and Action
Proposals due: Friday, August 14, 2020 at midnight local time.
The Rising Voices Center for Indigenous and Earth Sciences is offering three $5000 awards to launch small-scale but impactful projects OR to support the time and effort to write a proposal for a large-scale project. Applications must demonstrate how the proposed work will bring together Indigenous and Earth sciences to address pressing community-driven research and action. Successful applications will support projects to begin around September 1, 2020 and conclude around January 31, 2021.
For more information, please see the announcement here

The 8th annual Rising Voices Workshop has been postponed until 2021 and will now be the 9th annual Rising Voices Workshop. With careful consideration given to the health and safety of the host community and all participants, this intergenerational gathering originally planned for April 2020 is being rescheduled for 2021. The workshop will still be held in the same location on Lummi lands, and with the same focus on "climate resilience through intergenerational and place-based knowledges."  Please note that there will not be a new application process, and those who previously applied will have their applications rolled over for the rescheduled dates. We will post the new dates for 2021 later this year. 

The Rising Voices program facilitates intercultural, relational-based approaches for understanding and adapting to extreme weather and climate events, climate variability and climate change. The program brings Indigenous and other scientific professionals, tribal and community leaders, environmental and communication experts, students, educators, and artists from across the United States, including Alaska, Hawai'i, and the Pacific Islands, and around the world, to assess critical community needs and to pursue joint research aimed at developing optimal plans for community action towards sustainability. Rising Voices acknowledges the inherent value of Indigenous knowledge systems and Indigenous science, adaptive practices and processes, honoring them equally with Earth sciences.

At its core, Rising Voices aims to advance science through collaborations that bring Indigenous and Earth (atmospheric, social, biological, ecological) sciences into partnership, supports adaptive and resilient communities through sharing scientific capacity, and provides opportunities for Indigenous students and early career scientists through scientific and community mentoring. Further, it helps Western-trained scientists expand their observational skills, research paradigms, capacity to apply and translate findings, and ultimately their science.

The program - through an annual workshop series, knowledge exchanges, trainings, and an active listserv - has facilitated the creation of new and continued intercultural adaptation partnerships based on respect, justice, equality, and reciprocity that address our changing climate.


Contact Information
Heather Lazrus - hlazrus@ucar.edu; Julie Maldonado - jmaldonado@likenknowledge.org

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