Weaving Strands of Knowledge: Connecting Culture and Science to Climate Change

Climate Stories

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The international team of ten university students from the University of New Hampshire and the Royal Thimphu College created a series of audio stories based on their interviews with members of the public in Vermont, New Hampshire, and western Bhutan. The stories focus on peoples' connections to the the environment and touch on issues of climate change, sustainability, and the challenges posed by rural to urban migration in the United States and Bhutan. The stories created were presented at the Montshire Museum of Science, Royal Thimphu College, and the Folk Heritage Museum in Thumphu in the summer of 2017.

 Theme 1: Conversations about the Future 

Story 1: A converstion with students in rural Bhutan 

Listen and watchA conversation with students in Bhutan

How do students in rural Bhutan view the act of learning? This conversation with four students from Tsirang reveals their thoughts on schools and education, as well as their dreams and aspirations. 

Story 2: Children and Science Learning

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Children offer valuable insight and sometimes provide a scientific view of the world. These interviews with children and teachers delve into the process of science learning, the passion behind the search for solutions, and the drive that fuels youthful aspiration. 

Story 3: The effects of climate change on rural to urban migration

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As climate change diminishes the ability to make a living in rural villages, there has been increasing pressure for people to seek economic opportunity in cities, creating a trend of migration from rural to urban areas. However, a number of rural residents in Vermont and Bhutan are resisting the pressure to migrate to the city for a multitude of reasons. 


 Theme 2: Living and Farming in the Face of Climate Change 

Story 4: Impacts of climate change on farming

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A look at the impact of radical atmospheric change on agriculture, from the viewpoint of two different parts of the world — Bhutan and New England.

Story 5: How climate change affects pests and disease in New England

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A look at how climate changes has affected pests and disease in New England.

Story 6: A look at how climate change affects agriculture in two very different parts of the world

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What does a farmer in Bhutan have in common with a farmer in Vermont? Here's a look at the similar effects of climate changes on two different parts of the world — Bhutan and New England.

Story 7: Stories of impacts of climate change

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The general effects of climate change are often discussed on various media outlets, but what about the individual's experience with this global and environmental issue? Conversations with residents of Bhutan and New England reveal individual stories of climate change and its impact on a personal level.


 Theme 3: Our Relationship with the Land 

Story 8: Developing a Relationship with Nature

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A look at how we can cultivate our connection with nature.

Story 9: Land stewardship and our relationship with nature

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What does land stewardship involve? A conversation with residents of Bhutan and New England show the many ways we can cultivate our relationship with nature.

Story 10: When art and science work together

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A look at the powerful union of art and science. When art and science work together, they can inspire people to re-examine the world around them and help them make meaningful connections with nature. Conversations with environment workers and artists in Vermont and Bhutan show how people are using art as a tool to convey environmental concern.

Story 11: Strengthening connections through sharing knowledge

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There is an intimate connection between humans and the natural world, however, conflict can arise for various reasons. One way to mitigate or resolve this is through sharing one's knowledge and experiences with these connections, and passing this information from one generation to the next.