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NAZCCA Climate Elders of Flagstaff Presentation
April 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Northern AZ Climate Change Alliance (NAZCCA) will host a presentation with Climate Elders of Flagstaff who have lived here all their lives and have experienced how things have changed across longer time spans. Learn how climate change has affected the ranching community and the presence of springs in the forest, how it is changing river rafting and outdoor adventure businesses, how climate change has affected human health and housing, gardening in Flagstaff, changes to the abundance of mosquitoes, javelina, and other species.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions and join in a discussion of these changes. The story-telling discussion includes Mayor Evans and Community leaders, The event is sponsored by the Northern AZ Climate Change Alliance (NAZCCA). The event is free and open to the public.
The science on climate change is clear, but how have these changes affected people’s’ lives? How have rising temperatures and new rainfall patterns affected people in Flagstaff and Northern Arizona? Sometimes it is hard to see how things have changed, especially if you have only lived in a place for a decade or less. Our perception of change can be affected by what people refer to as the “shifting baseline.” Each of us experiences a “baseline” of how things are when we are growing up or when we first move to a new place. Changes we see are then always relative to that “baseline.” Because of this, people with an earlier “baseline” often have a deeper perception of change.