Climate Stories

A Community Call for Climate Stories

Have you been working to address the threat of climate change? Are you involved in any activities that will help your community adapt to change? Have you made changes to your commute, diet, residence, landscaping/land-management practices, purchasing/consumption habits, work, or how you volunteer?

California Naturalists learn about the California Phenology Project
Tell your story! UC California Naturalist has completed a project with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to help populate the Climate Adaptation Clearinghouse by capturing authentic experiences of all Californians as they deal with a changing climate. These experiences share the diversity of people, places, and issues that make climate stories inherently unique and at the same time universal.

Each story answers three simple questions: 1) What motivated you to act? 2) What was your response or change in behavior or practice? and 3) What have you learned from your experience? (If applicable, to what extent has your work connected to local or state government efforts?)

Contribute to the faces, voices, and lessons behind a wide range of individual and community stories related to addressing climate change by submitting your own story.



Paige DeCino’s Climate Story

Paige DeCino’s realization about climate change impact is driven by thoughts of her grandchildren’s future. Her response is to learn, engage, and educate others. As a result she feels a greater sense of purpose and connection.
Having grandchildren gives one the connection to the future that is otherwise tenuous.  Climate change will impact them in ways my generation won't see.  I can't conscientiously sit back and do nothing for them and generations to follow.

Many things in my life are geared toward protecting the environment locally and globally [by taking what I learn, engaging in my community and sharing it with others]: 1) working with a local non-profit to promote community gardens; 2) making landscaping changes to either native plants or edibles to minimize water and energy needs; 3) working with the Sierra Club, our local team lobbied our city council to join a regional Community Choice Energy group (we've successfully sailed over the first hurdle in joining a technical study); 4) completing a 3-day training with the Climate Reality Project in order to spread the word about the impacts of climate change; 5) doing citizen science to monitor environmental health. 
These give me a sense of purpose and make me feel more connected to my community and the natural environment.
Paige DeCino is a UC California Naturalist and a California Naturalist course instructor with Preserve Calavera, a non-profit organization that protects, enhances, and stores the natural resource of coastal north San Diego County.