Land Education: Implications for Academic Work

Land education is a framework developed by Indigenous thinkers/activists to center Indigenous futures in the context of settler colonialism. In the context of education, land education is in conversation and critiques environmental education models, proposing that when we center land, waters, climate change in educational work, we acknowledge that we must center Indigenous self-determination in its fullest iteration. This talk will describe this genealogy as well as discuss the implications of land education for academic work.

Indigenous Knowledge in a Changing Climate

Indigenous Peoples of North America have always had to accommodate and respond to environmental change. Oral histories, recollections of contemporary elders, and terms in their numerous languages have allowed understandings of responses to change, most recently since the colonial era. Traditional knowledge systems incorporate adaptive capacity. Now, however, many people have noted signs of greater environmental change and challenges to their resilience than in the past: species declines and new appearances; anomalies in weather patterns; and declining health of forests and grasslands.

Ocean Acidification in the Salish Sea

Ocean acidification (OA) threatens marine resources and coastal communities around the Salish Sea. These threats have spurred action to address the causes and consequences of OA. Intensified research and monitoring have advanced our understanding of ocean acidification and its effects on local marine life, public processes have led to legislation, and education and outreach have promoted understanding across diverse audiences. I will briefly summarize the causes of ocean acidification and follow with descriptions of some of the recent science and policy advances in the Salish Sea.

From Coast to Coasts: Coordinated Research and Monitoring of Nearshore Habitats

Nearshore foundation habitats including seagrass meadows and kelp forests are faced with many stressors from climate change to local development and harvest pressures. Changing distribution and productivity of these habitats can have large effects on ecosystem services, such as climate change mitigation and local food security. Growing evidence suggests that the effects of habitat change are intimately linked across nearshore habitats, such that transformation of interconnected seascapes affects ecosystem functions such as carbon sequestration and nursery function.

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