The CREATE Resilience project of Nurture Nature Center in Easton is designed to educate about hazards, mitigation and resilience, in the communities of the Easton, Bangor and Wilson area school districts. Though the pandemic period has changed our work somewhat, the project has continued to work with high schoolers (14 CREATE ambassadors) from each of these districts to create some virtual products and activities we wanted to share with you.
Hazards Cards: Together with the CREATE ambassadors, we have designed a series of display rack cards that detail 9 of the major hazards we face in the region, such as flooding, invasive species, winter storms, radon and more. When everything is fully opened, we will begin disseminating these cards around our community at various locations, like municipal buildings, libraries, popular gathering areas, etc. But in the meantime, we have made them available digitally and attached them here. They have live interactive links embedded for more information as you read.
CREATE Ambassador video: The ambassadors have created a short YouTube video introducing themselves and their cards, available here: https://youtu.be/hfte5VAu26w We encourage you to share this video anywhere you find appropriate, to highlight the great work students in the area are doing, and to spread the word about the project and the coming availability of our hazard cards.
Virtual Resiliency Tour: We have also developed a virtual Resiliency Tour of mitigation success stories in the region. This interactive virtual tour, available here, https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/09c11cc6c3cb4a8d8338478d18530a08 takes visitors on a guided tour of 9 different locations in the region, where communities have tackled hazard issues with creative and successful mitigation strategies. This tour includes photos, video interviews, and write-ups describing the nature of the challenges, and the mitigation strategies deployed.
First Annual Youth Climate Summit of the Lehigh Valley: To continue to bring education about hazards and resiliency to the young people in our community, we have also planned the Lehigh Valley’s first annual Youth Climate Summit, to be held virtually on July 8 and 9 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. We have an excellent line-up of speakers, adult and high school alike, who will talk about strategies for addressing climate and climate-related risks. We hope you can help us to spread the word of this event and encourage high school students you know to join us! Please see attached flyer for more information - please share anywhere you find appropriate, and you may also use this Facebook event for sharing on social media: https://www.facebook.com/events/2310623082573660/
Community Mural Project: We have hired three local artists to help us develop murals that represent each community’s vision of resilience. This process will continue through the coming year and into next fall, and we will be hosting several activities to ensure that local municipalities have chances to weigh in with their ideas of what is required for a resilient future. For Wilson region, the artist is Don Wilson, who lives in Williams Township.
Throughout this project, we have interviewed many local municipal representatives to learn their thoughts on hazards and opportunities to address them. We remain interested in continuing that conversation anytime, and invite you to reach out if you have specific topics you think would be important for public education in Wilson.
Many thanks in advance for your help in spreading word about the attached materials and the upcoming Youth Climate Summit.