Earth to Sky Regional Course for Upper Delaware River Watershed
The first-ever Earth to Sky course led by a team of Earth to Sky Regional Leaders concluded this month. The virtual course, which focused on climate communication in the Upper Delaware River Watershed (UDRW) region, was spread over an eight-week period beginning in April 2021. The goal of the course was to create a regional community of practice which will explore and share climate science information, practical mitigation and adaptation actions, and effective communication strategies that will help county-based teams and key stakeholders affect local change in knowledge, attitudes, policies, and resource allocations. Twenty participants, residents of Pike and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania and Delaware and Sullivan Counties in New York, worked in county teams to develop action plans for addressing the impacts of climate change in their areas. The Earth to Sky national team members mentored the Regional Leaders, helped shape the course, and provided support such as coaching participants, hosting a website for the course, and recruiting presenters such NASA's Gavin Schmidt, Eric Brown de Colstoun, and Peter Griffith, and former NPS ranger Brian Ettling. This course marks the beginning of a new supportive community of practice in the Upper Delaware Watershed Region, and the first of many Earth to Sky courses to be led by Earth to Sky Regional Leaders.
Don Hamilton, Natural Resources Chief for the National Park Service on the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River and the UDRW ETS Regional Team Leader, wrote: “Through Earth to Sky, we are creating a regional community of practice with a dynamic group of highly-motivated individuals. With ongoing support from NASA and Earth to Sky, we will continue to share knowledge, resources and effective strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change in the Upper Delaware River Watershed, a region of extraordinary natural resources that, if cared for, holds promise for greater resilience in the face of climate change.”