Upcoming Talanoa Dialogue

Come share your story of how extreme weather and climate change is affecting you or your community. Initiated by the Government of Fiji at COP23, the purpose of a Talanoa Dialogue is to share stories, build empathy, and make wise decisions for the collective good. The process of Talanoa involves the sharing of ideas, skills and experiences through storytelling.

The dialogue will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd, from 7:00-9:00pm, at the Borg-Warner Room in the Tompkins County Public Library. The address is 101 E. Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850. The event is Free and Open to the Public, and Refreshments will be provided – anyone with a Climate Change story to tell should attend!

During the process, Ithaca and Tompkins County community residents will share stories of how climate change has affected them. Our answers to Three Questions (Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?) will be collated and submitted to the United Nations ahead of the COP24 Conference in Poland. Communities across the globe are holding their own Talanoa Dialogues, and we want Ithaca and Tompkins County’s stories to be heard.

The goal of the evening is to humanize local climate change impacts, and increase the pressure on governments and NGOs to increase their commitment to climate change action. Organized by the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions, CCE Tompkins County, and the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative, and supported by the Cornell Global Climate Change Science and Policy Course and Engaged Cornell. Please contact Jake Brenner (jbb292@cornell.edu) or Allison Chatrchyan (amc256@cornell.edu) if you have any questions.