Climate change continues to be a growing challenge for people all around the world. In the Pacific, climate change is already a reality that communities, natural resource managers, and others that are impacted by. From consecutive years of coral bleaching that compromise our coral reef ecosystems to flooding that puts human safety at risk, it is a growing reality. The Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program with our partners provide programs for us to explore and talk about these issues and find ways to contribute to solutions. So here are two ways to be part of that:
Eyes of the Reef Marianas: Class Training – Tuesday, October 11, 6-8pm at the NOAA Fisheries Office
Through Eyes of the Reef Marianas (EOR Marianas), Guam’s community members can be part a large network that can help track coral bleaching, coral disease, and other reef impacts around the island through online reporting. These reports are shared with Guam’s Local Rapid Response Team, who monitors widespread events that affect our coral reefs. Community-based reports can help the Team prioritize and plan their responses efficiently and effectively or take necessary management actions to reduce local impacts on Guam’s reefs. So far, we’ve trained 112 people! When we come together, it’s reassuring to know how concerned and engaged our community is about the impacts of climate change and other threats to our coral reefs.
Register for training here. There’s no in-water component to this training. Service learning hours available for this event.
Science Sunday – October 16, 2-3pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center
Chandra Legdesog, this month’s guest speaker, attended Climate Science Bootcamps where participants focused on communications for climate science to promote better adaptation planning at the community level and different management sectors. An important aspect that Chandra will discuss is Traditional Ecological Knowledge, which is increasingly acknowledged as important source and consideration for climate change adaptation at the local level. Get a chance to meet and discuss more about her experience and vision for communicating climate science.