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Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership

The partnership has been a combination of scholars at Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln as well as additional partners interested in how climate variability and climate change will impact agriculture and rural communities, including the K-State Office of Sustainability. 
Partnership activities were funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and focused on engaging agricultural and rural stakeholders throughout the State of Kansas over a three year period between 2010 and 2013 to identify educational needs in the central Great Plains to enable rural stakeholders to best adjust to future climate scenarios that may affect agriculture, rural families, and livelihoods. At the conclusion of the three-year effort, the partnership proposed new educational programs for funding from NSF and other relevant funding opportunities to meet the needs identified through its engagement with agricultural and rural stakeholders.  The partners have not yet identified funding to continue the effort, but are always looking for opportunities to further this important work.

Notable activities and products over the three-year period included 20 focus groups throughout Kansas with agricultural producers, rural community members, and rural teachers to learn more about their needs for climate education and awareness.  The results of these focus groups are summarized in the following peer-reviewed journal publications:

L.M. PytlikZillig, T. Steffensmeier, A. Campbell Hibbs, B. Champion, E.D. Hunt, J. Harrington Jr., J. Spears, N. Umphlett, R. Bruning and D. Kahl (2013). “Fostering climate change education in the Central Great Plains: a public engagement approach.” International Journal of Sustainability, Vol 8:1 161-167

A. Campbell Hibbs, D. Kahl, L. PytlikZillig, B. Champion, T. Abdel-Monem, T. Steffensmeier, C. Rice, K. Hubbard. (in press) "Agricultural Producer Perceptions of Climate Change and Climate Education Needs for the Central Great Plains". Journal of Extension

The project also conducted a statewide poll of opinions about climate change of the general public in Kansas, as well as holding a deliberative discussion event with attendees from throughout Kansas for more in-depth exploration of the opinions of Kansans about climate change.  The project leaders are developing a peer-reviewed publication of lessons from these activities, but the initial results of this statewide telephone poll and deliberative discussion are summarized in the following report.  Download the report by clicking on the citation:

B. Champion, A. Campbell Hibbs, D. Kahl, L.M. PytlikZillig, T. Steffensmeier. (2013) Kansas Opinions on Climate Change: Results from a Statewide Telephone Survey and a Deliberative Discussion. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. 





"This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1043393. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF)."


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