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

Andrew D. Coppens

Andrew D. Coppens

Andrew D. Coppens, Ph.D. Univeristy of New Hampshire, USA

Andrew researches variation in the cultural organization of family and community work, especially children’s opportunities to learn and contribute as integrated or segregated participants in productive family and community activities. His recent focus is how toddlers and young children in different cultures learn to collaborate with others, and what supports their motivation to help. He has lived and conducted extensive research in middle-class and Indigenous-heritage families and communities of Central America, Mexico, and the United States.

Andrew's personal statement: One thing that excites me most about this project is that it brings together numerous kinds of expertise on culture and climate change in a multi-voiced conversation. It is a unique opportunity to tell stories across communities. In all communities, climate change ideas are embedded in stories, and the telling and transformation of these stories allow us to imagine new possibilities.

As a researcher, I’m most interested to learn about what climate change sounds, looks, and feels like – what it means – to different communities. How do undergraduate students learn to listen to a story about climate change that’s new to them? How can scientists learn from new stories, and can they offer scientific insight in the language of what matters to people’s everyday lives? We are all interested to position science museum activities as key facilitators of this process.