The world would be a much better place if more of us had sustainability on our minds and in our hearts, yes? We would shout from the rooftops if the sustainability stuff we come together to talk about at BASG would lead to a bigger conversation and more action, right?
Fact is, as pointed out in this great article, communicating sustainability, especially educating about sustainability, is no easy task.
For the first BASG event of the year, co-sponsored by Net Impact Boston, we have invited someone who lives this challenge every day. Let’s start 2019 by learning about new ideas to better connect with friends, family, co-workers and others around our passion!
The National Network of Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) was pioneered by the New England Aquarium to create a community of science educators and scientists talking about climate change in ways that make it easy and natural for their audiences to click with them. Since 2010, NNOCCI has run trainings across the U.S. and has members in 170 institutions in 38 states to do just that, reaching millions of people a year. With evidence-based tools, they are effectively helping people talk about climate change in a way that is positive, civic-minded and solutions-focused. Check in with anyone who has attended one of their workshops and you’ll discover hope, confidence and optimism about collective action to address climate change.
On January 8th, we are lucky to have Hannah Pickard, NNOCCI’s Program Manager responsible for network management and operations, give BASG a taste of how NNOCCI is making this much-needed change possible. Hannah has led curriculum development, facilitator training, and alumni support since 2010. She has a background in education program development, implementation and evaluation for families, schools, and community groups.
Hannah and her team will draw on the many workshops they have created and run all over the country to give us tools to have more fun and success when we passionately talk about sustainability. She will also remind us of the words of an attendee a few months back who referred to BASG as a “safe haven” for sustainability professionals, expressing appreciation for the value of having a supportive community and enabling it as being just as important as fostering dialogue that pushes the envelope whenever we gather to tackle big issues.
January 8th is an evening with BASG you definitely won’t want to miss.