Digitizing Holistic Environmental Stories
Complex, multi-spatial, and temporal environmental-societal problems are common and challenging to resolve since they persist for decades. Unresolved, history has shown us how societies are pushed to a tipping point and may collapse following unusual weather events. While available data has enabled us to discern broad environmental trends, our current models and decision frameworks continue a narrow, fragmented and disciplinary-based approach that increases the risk that societal and/or environmental collapse are likely to occur in the future.
Through community-academic collaborations, this proposal seeks to strengthen the resilience and capacity of multicultural groups located in rural communities across Eastern Washington. Vulnerable and underrepresented communities are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate changes; however, are seldom included in the development of solutions. This project will collaborate with local community leaders and youth to integrate a Native American knowledge-forming process to script digital stories. Stories will be action-oriented and visualize sustainable holistic solutions for complex and multidisciplinary environmental problems.
A project goal includes developing a tool and platform to communicate and inform decision-makers what the intervention points of local environmental problems are by contextualizing the interconnectedness among multiple information streams.