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Oral History and Climate Change


Thursday, February 8, from 12pm to 2pm

With Jason Davis

Most of us are accustomed to engaging with climate change through the abstract lens of scientific reports or the contentious realm of politics. However, the changing climate is hitting ever closer to home as we experience record-breaking temperatures, destructive extreme weather, and the loss of predictable seasons. It can be difficult to talk about our own response to these changes, as we may fear that we lack scientific knowledge or that others may not listen without clear-cut “solutions” to the problem. Through my work with Climate Stories Project, I am working through this resistance by recording and sharing climate change oral histories from around the world, facilitating educational workshops on climate storytelling, and writing and performing music which features sections of some of the recorded oral histories. Join me to learn about Climate Stories Project and how you can record and share climate change oral histories.

Jason Davis is the director of Climate Stories Project, an educational and artistic forum for sharing stories about personal and community responses to climate change. Jason is an accomplished environmental educator and musician, and is currently a doctoral student in music at McGill University in Montreal researching techniques for incorporating recorded narratives of environmental change with composed and improvised music.

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