New Video: Food, Farming, Climate Change, and Community
New Climate Listening Project video featuring stories from the southeast
When I posted my first blog here, I was on tour in the southeast listening to farmers and individuals share their climate change stories. We had an amazing journey and are happy to release this new video from the Cultivating Resilience tour.
This sizzle reel is a look behind-the-scenes on tour with the Climate Listening Project and our agriculture adviser, author Laura Lengnick. We visited three of the 25 award-winning farmers featured in her new book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate (New Society Publishers).
“I argue in the book that agriculture is a fundamental driver of community resilience,” Laura says, adding, “The industrial food system touches so many aspects of our lives—land and water, global warming, public health, social justice, poverty, biodiversity—all the big challenges of our times can be directly connected to the way we eat.”
The video is a compilation that provides a quick look at the ways individuals are building resilience on their farms and in their communities. It is a short introduction to our Cultivating Resilience series on food and agriculture - listening to how sharing local knowledge enhances community capacity for innovation and cultivates climate resilience.
I hit the road with videographer and editor Andrea Desky of K23 Media, Laura Lengnick, and videographers, photographers, storytellers, and other collaborators along the way, to listen, film and share climate change stories. We visited fruit and vegetable grower Ken Dawson of Maple Spring Gardens in Cedar Grove, NC, dairy farmer Tom Trantham of Happy Cow Creamery in Peltzer, SC and farmer Will Harris of White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, GA. We also shared time at the farmers market with Sarah Wiener of the USDA Southeast Climate Hub and at the Mother Earth News Fair with Bryan Welch, now of B the Change Media.
Watch the full Cultivating Resilience feature, farmer vignettes and more at http://ClimateListeningProject.com.
The Climate Listening Project is based in Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville is a global climate hub and home to leading climate thought leaders and think tanks, including the National Climate Assessment and U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. Collaborations branch from the immense climate data resources at the National Centers for Environmental Information, to interdisciplinary efforts at the University of North Carolina Asheville National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center, the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS-NC), Climate Interactive, The Collider, Acclimatise, and beyond. Individuals and groups, including scientists, writers, artists, educators, and web developers, among others are working daily creating and accelerating climate solutions.
Through the Climate Listening Project, we are working to contribute to this important climate change conversation through listening and storytelling. Weaving together the latest science and resilience thinking with inspiring stories from across America, we explore the connections between climate change, food, faith, business and community to share a message of hope.
Laura says, "Sharing our hopes and our fears, and telling our own stories of adaptation sparks the social learning and innovation that cultivates community resilience."
Thank you to all collaborators, all featured in project, adviser Laura Lengnick, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and K23 Media!
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