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Quarterly Newsletter,  Winter 2016
From the Alliance Office
Happy New Year! We hope that all the CCEP Alliance Projects and partners had a very healthy and happy holiday season. The CCEP Alliance community was well represented at the Fall AGU Meeting in San Francisco, with six poster and 11 oral sessions. Congratulations to the Projects and partners that presented on their CCEP work. A full list of the presentations can be found here

On behalf of the Alliance Office, we would like to wish Jill Karsten a sincere "thank you" for serving as our inspiring CCEP Alliance Program Officer and for all of her tremendous work with the National Science Foundation. It was a pleasure and privilege to work with Jill. We wish her all the best in her retirement! 

The CCEP Alliance Spring Meeting is scheduled for May 23-25, 2016 in Philadelphia.  More information on the meeting will be available soon.  We look forward to visiting the City of Brotherly Love, and many thanks to the CUSP Project for hosting the Alliance for our annual spring meeting. 

Romy Pizziconi
CCEP Alliance Office
Project Updates
Climate Education Partners continues to expand their project's reach with the development and implementation of a new social media strategy. In the last few months, there has been an increase in project reach across all social media channels, and this validates the new strategy being launched. With the successful development and distribution of the Key Influentials (KI) short report, the CEP communications team has decided to create three more short reports with key findings tailored to Latino, Tribal, and Business and Transportation audiences.  The communications team is developing several resources to reach the business community, a challenge in the past that they     hope to address with these new resources.
The completion of three new animated impact videos on coastal flooding, public health, and nature's benefits now provides
CE P with new educational resources that will also be integrated with KI video footage in the coming mon ths.  You can view all the videos on the CEP website
CEP has communicated the results of the project's latest public opinion survey and key influential leader interviews through several avenues and mediums, including hosting an event at the San Diego Foundation, mailing information packets, and sending emails to roughly 200 people, including elected officials, KI, nonprofits, academia, businesses in the community, community leaders, and various other stakeholders.
CEP continues to advance its outreach activities with the highest number of activities ever recorded during a quarter. They have continued to work with tribal groups, and the on-going communication has led to a continuous relationship with southwestern tribes and beyond. Also significant is the potential development of University of San Diego's tribal liaison, which serves as a repository of tribal data and legal information to promote further interaction between tribes, local entities, and universities beyond the period of CEP.  
This quarter, museum hub leads in Pittsburgh, New York and Philadelphia organized concentrated "Climate Playgrounds" at existing festivals throughout the fall. Images and observations from these events demonstrated that the climate playgrounds were more enticing to visitors with families, and were generally busier with visitors showing more engagement than nearby booths that wer e only offering brochures.

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History hosted a mini Climate Game Jam on October 2, as part of the National Climate Game Jam effort sponsored by NOAA and other CCEP Alliance partners. Approximately 30 high school students interested in gaming from two local schools participated, along with their teachers. CUSP used elements from their workshops to inform the first hour of the mini-jam before letting the students begin their development process. At the end of the day, the "People's Choice" award went to a video game based on their popular "Extreme Events: The Story of Urban Watersheds" kit. This video game went on to win an award in the national Climate Game Jam competition for best digital game among high school entries. View the winning video here Students from the award-winning team have been in touch with CUSP network resource partners to further develop the game play and accuracy of their project. Congratulations! Finalists can be viewed here .

MADE CLEAR has been participating in ongoing collaboration with science education professional development providers SciTech and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Delaware Sea Grant, and the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office education staff to share information, experience, and model programs that will enable them to provide research-based climate change education training for formal and informal educators.  In a new initiative during the fall of 2015, Delaware State Parks has committed to developing new education and interpretive programs throughout the state with a focus on climate change.  To kick off the project, staff interpreters attended an initial training workshop in December, and they will meet again in spring 2016 to share their plans for new climate change programs at their State Park sites.

Each new climate change interpretive program will highlight climate data and predictions that are relevant for a specific park, and will include examples of how climate change may impact ecosystems or historic resources at the park.  They will include information about how the State of Delaware is working to mitigate climate change and preparing for the effects of climate change across the state, as well as encouraging participants to choose sustainable behaviors at school, when traveling, and at home.  The interpreters, who reach thousand of school children and families with their programs, are enthusiastic about the initiative. Participants at the first workshop agreed that they regularly receive questions about climate change from students and visitors, and they are pleased to be gaining access to information and lessons they can use to incorporate this critical issue into their programs. 
Two new Study Circle cohorts concluded in December, 2015, and joined NNOCCI's growing network that now includes more than 250 educators and more than 20 early-career ocean scientists. Together, the network includes representatives from 125 institutions in 32 U.S. states.
NNOCCI's Fall 2015 cohorts at the end of their formal training program.
Participants engaged in an activity that invited them to reflect on concerns and hopes they have for our shared efforts to raise productive, engaging, empowering conversations about climate change issues and how we can work together to address them.
In September 2015, New Knowledge Organization and Pennsylvania State University produced a summary evaluation report for NNOCCI's impacts over the last five years.  In regards to the Study Circles, the report notes:

That the Study Circles have direct positive influence on NNOCCI members' attitudes, behavior, emotions, and knowledge relating to climate change science and climate change communication. Study Circles substantially improve members' feelings and perceptions about climate change communication. They are more knowledgeable about climate change, believe they are more capable of talking about climate change, are less concerned about negative responses from their audiences, and feel more hope and energy about climate change communications. These changes persisted over time, from when NNOCCI members completed the training to six months later.   
Consistent with this change in attitudes, members also became more likely to change their actions. They were more likely to use the Strategic Framing approach to support friends and coworkers' conversations about climate change. The support they give to their colleagues and friends can be emotional and informational help, such as providing resources.
You can read the entire report on New Knowledge Organization's website.

O ver the fall semester of 2015, PCEP worked closely with a group of young college students at the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) Media Club to develop a cohort of young local climate storytellers. PCEP believes that this generation of storytellers is a crucial part of the legacy of their island communities, as they are the not only the best suited to talk about the climate realities of their respective islands, but they are also the most adept with technological advances that are becoming more prevalent in the United States-affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI).
The above photo is a selection among the various images taken by these college students who are well on their way to becoming the future leaders and storytellers of their island home.
A faculty member, Chris Sebastian, who championed this partnership with PCEP from the Club's nascent stages, headed the Media Club at CMI. Supporting the project, as an advisor, was the well-known and talented Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner.  Along with Chris and Kathy, there were seven students, all interested in becoming better storytellers. On top of their schoolwork and other obligations, the cohort gathered voluntarily on a biweekly basis to participate in webinars with PCEP staff to learn and practice a different aspect of digital storytelling. All the students demonstrated that they were passionate about media, curious about technology, and cognizant about the climate challenges that their islands face.

PCEP is very excited about the progress that the CMI Media Club is making with regards to this storytelling project. Although this is merely a pilot group, PCEP hopes that this is the first step in working towards a much greater vision for their project. They hope to expand the project and work with other cohorts across the USAPI. Discussions are ongoing with potential projects starting in Chuuk, Yap, American Samoa, and Saipan.  Stay tuned!

Announced in December 2014 as part of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's Climate Literacy and Education Initiative, the National Climate Game Jam was held over the weekend of October 2-4, 2015, with over 350 participants at 11 sites throughout the U.S. The PoLAR Partnership hosted a Climate Game Jam site at Barnard College in New York City. Fifteen people participated in the event, comprised of a diverse mix of college undergraduates, graduate students, and young professionals. Seven of the participants were game design students from the Hostos Community College in the Bronx.    
In addition to a live streamed event kick off that featured a 
talk by PoLAR Partner and FutureCoast Project Lead, Ken Eklund, the participants also heard from PI Stephanie Pfirman, who presented on effective climate communication practices; Co-PI Joey Lee, who shared expertise regarding game design considerations; Co-PI Peter Schlosser, who spoke about climate impacts and solutions; and Sarah Cornish of Games for Change, who highlighted successful examples of science-based games.  

After hearing from  expert s, the participants worked together in small teams to collaboratively design and develop a total of fo ur game prototypes, ranging in  topic from natural resources and ecosystems to preparation, ada ptation, and decision-making. Based on evaluation of the event, participants showed increased awareness of climate change impacts and responses after the Climate Game Jam and also indicated that they were likely to tell others what they learned about climate change.  One of the games developed at the Barnard Site - Countdown - was awarded third place in the College Division of the National Climate Game Jam competition.

2015 - A Record-Breaking Year!
2015 was the hottest year on record with an increased global average surface temperature. According to a recent NOAA press release:

"D uring 2015, the average temperat ure across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.62°F (0.90°C) above the 20th century average. T his was the hig hest among all years i n the 1880-2015 record, surpassing the previous record set last year by 0.29°F (0.16°C ). This is also the largest margin by which the annual global temperature record has been broken. Ten months had record high temperatures for their respective months during the year. The five  highest monthly departures from average for any month on record all occurred during 2015. Since 1997, which at the time was the warmest year on record, 16 of the subsequent 18 years have been warmer than that year."
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