Informal online conversations among interested participants - no mask required!

Topic of discussion: The intersection of current social issues and climate change. We are contemplating ways all of us in the Earth to Sky community can become more inclusive in our work, and seek to view our work from new and diverse perspectives. Our conversations to date have taken us through a variety of themes relating to the pandemic and its impacts, the influences of social and racial injustice and their various protest activities, and to the implications of communicating about climate change during times of such universal uncertainty.

We're talking this month about your best ideas and suggestions for Climate Solutions - whatever resources and strategies you're most interested in talking about for how Society might respond effectively to changing climate. We're also using a Google Spreadsheet - that we can all access and add items to - with specific examples and tools for all of us to use and reinforce with our audiences. Here's the link to that:

This isn't a webinar - it's a dialogue, with breakout groups so everyone will have a good chance to participate - and you don't have to wear a mask! Each time the discussion questions are a bit different, and are posted here and via the ETS Listserv.  The Chat series is being held once every two weeks.
Birds Chatting

Next Virtual Chat

May 18, 2021 at 3:00 pm ET

Register Here for the chat

We are using the WebEx meeting platform. It works best to pre-load and use the application version of the program on your computer, rather than to connect via the browser. Here's a direct link to the WebEx site for making this download - it takes only a few minutes.

As you will also see, there will be dial-in numbers to use if you need to connect by phone for the audio; these lines are integrated with the platform and are not toll-free. Use them for your audio if internet bandwidth is not available, or problematic. The phone numbers and access codes will be sent to you automatically when you register using the link above.

To reduce any worries, we'll plan to set up a half hour early if you'd like to connect in advance of the Tuesday Chat, to troubleshoot your computer and software configuration prior to the event.


Where: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Greenbelt, MD   
When:  Postponed due to COVID

A tuition-free course for interpreters, informal educators, and science communicators interested in creating and nurturing regional communities of practice focused on improving climate science communication.

Lori Perkins describes colorful NASA visualizations at the Goddard Space Flight Center hyperwall

The Earth to Sky Academy is intended for experienced informal educators and climate communication leaders who have a strong commitment to the ETS partnership and to furthering climate literacy within their respective regions.

The purpose of the Academy is to train Regional Leaders who will conduct regional Earth to Sky courses and nurture their own Earth to Sky Regional Community of Practice. Academy content is based on over 15 years of experience and extensive evaluation of the ETS model. Participants will be supported every step of the way, before during and after the course.

Earth to Sky is developing Regional Communities of Practice in Climate Communication, each of which is led by Regional Leadership Teams trained and mentored by the partnership's Central Leadership. This is in support of our community's interest in a regional approach for climate communication. Our goals are to expand and deepen the impact of our partnership and strengthen our national community of practice.ETS Region Approach

A regional approach enables Earth to Sky to

    • Provide ETS climate training near to participants’ workplace
    • Provide greater focus on locally relevant content
    • Give stronger support to the ETS community
    • Empower local climate leaders
    • Provide more frequent training across the country
    • Train more people

Regional Leadership Teams

    • Are trained and mentored by Earth to Sky Leadership
    • Conduct regional ETS courses in climate science and communication
    • Nurture and sustain their own regional communities of practice
    • Are supported by ETS Leadership and each other