Media Invited to Tribal Climate Camp Activities
MCCALL, Idaho – June 14, 2016
WHAT: The University of Idaho is hosting the inaugural Tribal Climate Camp. Six teams of early-career professionals from tribes across the United States will build skills in basic climate science, knowledge co-development, vulnerability assessment, community engagement, sustainable fund-raising, communications with tribal departments and leaders, teamwork, and politics and diplomacy.
Adaptation to climate change is one of the highest priorities of tribes across the nation, and this camp was designed to build the capacity of young leaders to lead the planning and implementation of climate adaptation on their homelands. Climate change is an immediate issue for tribes. Most are placed-based and feeling the effects of climate change on the occurrence and abundance of their traditional foods. Many are on shorelines where climate change effects are already being felt. Climate-related issues for tribes are both cultural and economic.
The Tribal Climate Camp is supported by the University of Idaho, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Northwest Climate Science Center and Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and the United South and Eastern Tribes.
The tribes selected to send teams to this inaugural camp are the Passamaquoddy at Sipayik, the Nez Perce Tribe, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indians, and the Quinault Indian Nation.
Learn more about the camp at www.tribalclimatecamp.org.
WHEN: Sunday to Friday, June 19-24, 2016
WHERE: University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), McCall, Idaho, and surrounding area.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Media are encouraged to attend the Wednesday field excursion to Nez Perce lands on the Rapid River near Riggins from 10:30 a.m. to mid-afternoon, or on Thursday from noon to 1 p.m., during team planning sessions at the UI McCall Campus.
CONTACT IN ADVANCE AND ON SITE: Arwen Bird, TTCC Training Coordinator, at 503-318-5104.