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Talk – Herding Ostriches: Building Climate Resilience in Polarized Places

September 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| Free

Fence in flooded fieldThe talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine.

Speaker: Tanya Rucosky, Sunrise County Economic Council

We live in a world in which we have often unintentionally gone to our corners. Yet change, real enduring change, cannot happen without building consensus. How can we do that in a world in which “I am right, and they are wrong” attitudes dominate our televisions and newsfeeds?  The Community Resilience Partnership is building community buy-in to lower Maine’s carbon emissions and protect its residents from climate change through a thoughtful bottom-up approach which has seen 30% of Maine’s communities enroll. This talk will explore how Maine Won’t Waits’ Climate Goals are being met not just in traditionally liberal but also more conservative parts of the state.

Tanya Rucosky is one of four regional coordinators working in the state helping communities access funds and technical assistance through the Community Resilience Partnership. Originally focused on water quality in the Appalachian coal fields, Tanya has worked with diverse communities in Asia, Australia and now in the Downeast region to improve their environments and quality of life.  Trained as a natural resource manager and archivist, Tanya has an enduring interest in “and” as well as a tenacious commitment to the practicalities of, “getting things done.”



September 18
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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