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“Between Hevan and Eartha:
A Not-So-Tall-Tale About Climate Change”!
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What is Climate Solutions?
Climate Solutions uses engagement, education and storytelling to help central Pennsylvanians move toward climate change literacy, resilience and adaptation. Our work will amplify how people are finding solutions to the challenges presented by a warming world. Join our Facebook group!
Our reporting on potential solutions
This is journalism that doesn’t just identify a problem, but looks at responses to the problems, how they’re working and whether they can be a model for tackling climate challenges. Information from many of these stories helped inspire the script for the play “Between Hevan and Eartha: A Not-So-Tall Tale About Climate Change”
- What can one person do about climate change? (Video)
- Climate change prompts farmers to adapt crops and businesses
- Home energy use can be expensive and contribute to climate change. New programs aim to cut bills and emissions
- How Pennsylvania churches are addressing climate change by tapping into the power of the sun
- In Pa., climate change can increase flooding risk in places that rarely worried about it. This community is seeking solutions
- Driving an EV in Pennsylvania: range anxiety, charging and maintenance
- Conducir un vehículo eléctrico en Pensilvania: ansiedad por la autonomía, carga y mantenimiento
- In Pa., climate change threatens the state tree, bird and fish. Work is under way to help the native species
- PA cities have a sewer system problem. Green infrastructure can help — but comes with its own risks
- In Pa. cities, street trees can help cool ever-hotter temps. But they present their own problems to solve
- Pennsylvania climate forum brings informed public into problem-solving effort
- In Pa., heat pumps could be a climate change solution. But contractors and customers would need to buy in
- Pa. farmers dig into soil — and its ability to trap carbon — as one solution to climate change
- In Pa., climate change stresses old infrastructure. Stormwater fees are seen as a way to help limit flooding, pollution
It’s no one person’s responsibility to solve climate change. But little actions can add up.
In Pa., climate change stresses old infrastructure. Stormwater fees are seen as a way to help limit flooding, pollution
Cities and towns have to fix rain-related problems, especially since there’s a federal mandate to cut pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Many turn to stormwater fees to support costly upgrades. But people billed for those fees sometimes don’t know what they’re paying for.
Home energy use can be expensive and contribute to climate change. New programs aim to cut bills and emissions
New federal money and state programs that aim to help people save on their energy bills while reducing planet-warming emissions.
In Pa., climate change threatens the state tree, bird and fish. Work is under way to help the native species
Experts say climate change is fueling and favoring the growth of invasive species—in many cases, at the expense of Pennsylvania’s cherished symbols. But there are some problem-solving options.
As the climate changes and brings more risks to the traditional farming schedule, farmers are looking for ways to make sure their crops survive.
Climate Solutions partners
Climate Solutions Reporting
Pennsylvania’s top suppliers are coal company Consol Energy; Delta Airlines, which owns an oil refinery outside Philadelphia; and UGI, a gas utility.
By Rachel McDevitt
Reid R. Frazier
Health and environmental advocates are calling for high standards to prevent more planet-warming emissions.
By Rachel McDevitt
Gov. Shapiro isn’t committing to Pennsylvania joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, but wants to maintain executive authority in light of a recent court ruling.
By Rachel McDevitt
The American Red Cross of Greater Pennsylvania is conducting trainings across the state to make sure volunteers are ready to set up and run temporary shelters for people who can’t return to their homes.
By Rachel McDevitt
At Shippensburg University, Latino community members talk about climate change challenges, possible solutions
The conversation was part of a series of listening sessions put on by the Climate Solutions collaboration.
By Amaury Abreu
Seven students gathered recently for a listening session produced by Climate Solutions, intended to bring lived experience into the discussion about climate challenges.
By Amaury Abreu
A collaboration between Climate Solutions & Sankofa
By Marquis Lupton
Texas-based Encina plans to build a plant on the Susquehanna River in Point Township, Northumberland County.
By Rachel McDevitt
Central Pa. organizations form unique collaboration to engage community on climate change challenges, solutions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 29, 2021
Harrisburg — Five news organizations, two institutions of higher learning and a theater company announce their partnership to use engagement, education and storytelling to inform and empower central Pennsylvanians to find solutions to the challenges posed by climate change.
This new collaboration — called “Climate Solutions” — is convened by StateImpact Pennsylvania, a public media partnership covering energy and environment. StateImpact Pennsylvania is based at WITF, whose public media news and programming reaches 2.3 million people in 19 counties in central Pennsylvania.
Climate Solutions’ funding partner is the Solutions Journalism Network, which works with journalists and news organizations to help them focus in-depth on responses to problems, how the responses work and whether there is insight others can use. SJN is providing a $200,000 grant spread over two years for partners to use toward community engagement, events and journalism and education efforts for the next year.
Collaboration members are:
- Franklin & Marshall College Center for Public Opinion Research
- La Voz Latina
- Sankofa African American Theatre Company
- Shippensburg University Department of Communication, Journalism & Media
- StateImpact Pennsylvania
- USA TODAY Network in central Pennsylvania (York Daily Record, Lebanon Daily News, Hanover Evening Sun, Chambersburg Public Opinion, Waynesboro Record Herald and Greencastle Echo Pilot)
Climate Solutions’ geographic focus are the counties of Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York. We will use community engagement to ask how climate change issues are affecting the lives and livelihoods of central Pennsylvanians. Frequently using a Solutions Journalism lens, we’ll report on what is working — or could work — to help us meet the challenges climate change presents, and whether those solutions could be used in other communities.
“We’re thrilled to bring together a diverse collection of people and organizations who care about climate change and the challenges it presents, and about helping communities problem-solve,” said Scott Blanchard, senior editor for WITF News and StateImpact Pennsylvania, and editor of Climate Solutions. “It’s a unique partnership. We think our members’ skills, experience and ideas will help elevate the climate story in central Pennsylvania — not to alarm people, but to work with them and open doors to potential solutions.”
Jennie Jenkins-Dallas is publisher of news organization La Voz Latina Central, a Climate Solutions partner.
“We not only want Latinos/Hispanics knowledgeable and aware of climate change, but also to include them in the solutions to slow it down,” she said. “With over one million Latino/Hispanics in Pennsylvania, it is imperative that they make a contribution toward saving our planet.”
Carrie Sipes, department chair of Communication Journalism at Shippensburg University, and Dhiman Chattopadhyay, assistant professor specializing in journalism and strategic communications, are leading the university’s partnership with Climate Solutions.
“We hope that this project will lead to both in-depth news/ feature stories offering solutions to the dangers posed by climate change, and in-depth academic research whose findings can be applied by journalists to do more meaningful reporting in this area,” Chattopadhyay said. “Of course, no discussion on the global dangers of climate change and viable solutions for local communities can be complete without including the bright young minds who are learning the ropes of journalism in college today and will be leading voices of solutions-oriented journalism tomorrow.”
Climate Solutions’ work will be collected at stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/climate-solutions/ and will be featured on its partners’ websites.
Press contact: Scott Blanchard, email@example.com or 717-344-4757