This spring the KBS LTER has translated a series of climate change fact sheets into Spanish.
Julie Doll, KBS LTER Education and Outreach Coordinator, and Claire Layman, MSU Extension Public Policy Specialist, have worked together for three years with the intent on finding ways to engage farmers, scientists, and decision makers in discussions about the relationship between climate change and agriculture. As a result, a series of informational fact sheets have emerged as outreach components of a research projects funded by Project GREEEN, Michigan’s plant agriculture initiative at MSU, and a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency education grant.
Originally developed in order to help Michigan field crop farmers adapt to and help mitigate a changing climate, these fact sheets summarize the science of climate change. Doll and Layman have been very interested in sharing their work. In order to reach out to Spanish speaking communities, Lea Corkidi, a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Botany and Plant Science at the University of California, helped translate the fact sheets.
Doll and Layman couldn’t be more excited.
“We have these valuable resources and we wanted to share the latest climate change research to a wider range of audiences,” said Doll. “By translating the fact sheets into Spanish, they will enable us to better communicate climate change with those who may not be familiar with the English language.”Spanish and English versions of Greenhouse Gas Basics (E3148) and requently Asked Questions About Climate Change (E3149) are now available free of charge as a downloadable PDF from our website.