Monday, June 10, 2024

Flipping the script on wetlands

Woman poses on chair against snow backdrop

Our latest episode of Climate Voices spotlights Keeley Jock, the climate justice fellow for the Adirondack North Country Association. A wetland project she led that prioritizes traditional Indigenous values of  natural systems. She gave a talk about her work at the annual Adirondack Research Consortium in mid-May.

I interviewed her after to learn more. Click here to watch a short video feature.

‘The Adirondacks are becoming more appealing’ in a warmer world

Louisa Koch, who has served as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s director of education since 2006, sat down with the Explorer’s Zach Matson for an interview about climate change education, the Adirondacks and the challenges of balancing conservation and renewable energy development.

“There’s no question that the increasing understanding of the impacts of climate change is affecting people’s day-to-day decisions. And the Adirondacks are becoming more appealing, in many ways, because of climate change.”

Read the story here.

Here are some stories I’m following:

Vermont passed a bill making Big Oil pay. Now comes the hard part. (Grist)

In response to last year’s torrential floods, state legislators in Vermont made a historic move by introducing the Climate Superfund Act to hold Big Oil accountable for the damages spurred by the emissions generated by the extraction and combustion of its products. Once the bill takes effect, Vermont will be the first state to make Big Oil pay for the impacts of climate disasters.

Giant flying spiders with 4-inch legs spread across East Coast (CBS News)

It’s Invasive Species Awareness Week, and the Northeast U.S. is bracing for an invasion of giant venomous (for its prey) spiders with 4-inch-long legs that can parachute through the air.

Expecting Worse: Giving birth on a planet in crisis  (A collaboration between VoxGrist, and The 19th)

The children being born now will come to know a world that’s not only getting hotter, but also one with a climate that will only become more unpredictable and increasingly at risk of extreme weather and disaster.

Yet while we often talk about climate change with the future of these children in mind, rarely do we consider the impact of the crisis now on the people who are giving birth to the generations who will inherit that world.

In Mi’kma’ki, fighting to save the hemlock ‘grandmothers’ from a deadly pest (The Narwhal)

As hemlock woolly adelgid makes its way across Eastern Canada, 90% of the hemlock trees in Nova Scotia could disappear. An Indigenous-led effort is ensuring at least one forest will survive.

This first appeared in Chloe’s weekly “Climate Matters” newsletter. Click here to sign up

Photo at top: Keeley Jock, climate justice fellow for the Adirondack North Country Association. Photo courtesy of Jock.

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Chloe Bennett is a climate change reporter based in Lake Placid, NY. Originally from North Texas, Chloe has always been drawn to the natural world. In 2022, she graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY where she focused on environmental reporting and audio production. She grew a deep appreciation for the Adirondack Park while interning for the Explorer in the summer of 2022.

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  1. What is Louisa Koch’s perspective on climate change education?

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