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Ocean Acidification – A Collaborative Response at Seattle Aquarium

SOARCE Webinar

Presenter: Nicole Killebrew, The Seattle Aquarium
Primary audience: Informal educators and stakeholders
Date/time: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, 5pm EDT (2pm PDT)
Nicole Killebrew will share the integrated approach the Seattle Aquarium uses to convene educational outreach and scientific expertise around ocean acidification. This webinar will address best practices for Ocean Acidification interpretation including a pilot presentation called Visualizing Change. She will also explore current efforts to build capacity around strategic framing communication skills among scientists and educators, the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE pH Sensor competition and the importance of using narrative to improve ocean literacy.
About the Speaker:

Nicole Killebrew is the Interpretation Coordinator and a Scientific Diver at the Seattle Aquarium where she has worked for 13 years.  She provides training and supervisory support to interpretation volunteers and staff.  Nicole serves as a Regional Leader with the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) where she collaboratively develops and facilitates Regional Workshops on research-based communication strategies across the country. With support from the NSF Climate Change Education Partnership program, NNOCCI’s goal is to establish a national network of professionals who are skilled in communicating climate science to the American public. Nicole holds a BS degree in Marine Biology and a MS degree in Ecological Literacy, Outdoor Leadership and Environmental Education.
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TAKE ACTION WITH YOUR COMMUNITY

You've taken the first step to learn more about ocean acidification - why not spread this knowledge to your community?

Every community has their unique culture, economy and ecology and what’s at stake from ocean acidification may be different depending on where you live.  As a community member, you can take a larger role in educating the public about ocean acidification. Creating awareness is the first step to taking action.  As communities gain traction, neighboring regions that share marine resources can build larger coalitions to address ocean acidification.  Here are some ideas to get started:

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  3. Facilitate conversations with local businesses that might be affected by ocean acidification, building a plan for the future.
  4. Partner with local community efforts to mitigate the driver behind ocean acidification  – excess CO2 – such as community supported agriculture, bike & car shares and other public transportation options.
  5. Contact your regional Coastal Acidification Network (CAN) to learn how OA is affecting your region and more ideas about how you can get involved in your community
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