Strengthening engagement with communities through our science and service
It is increasingly clear that the development of sound science is necessary but not sufficient to translate into beneficial actions with respect to the weather, water and climate threats and opportunities. There are numerous cases to demonstrate this including:
We must expand our engagement of communities in meaningful and respectful ways; we must meet communities of stakeholders where they are versus where we are. Engagement implies a two-way dialog where we enter the conversation equally interested in learning as we are in communicating our ideas.
Communities include the public at large through various structures (e.g., faith-based communities, civic associations, etc.), policy makers in governments at all levels, the emergency management community, and other stakeholders.
We should be focused on how we better serve disadvantaged communities by working with policy makers and non-profit organizations. Social justice should be germane to our actions.
We should be identifying more ways for communities to contribute to our science and services. Examples include citizen science, being ambassadors from various communities (e.g., faith based), etc.
The 2021 meeting will be held in New Orleans, LA, a location familiar to many AMS members. In the past, this setting has allowed us to explore actions this region has taken to become more resilient to disasters. We should continue to explore that topic but broaden the lens to include other key features in the NOLA culture including art and food. For example, how have changing conditions in the Gulf of Mexico influenced the local food scene.
With the theme of this meeting in mind, the planning committee intends to build some partnerships with local people to develop aspects of the meeting to contribute to community needs as well as meeting attendees to learn about NOLA initiatives. For example, the latter could be accomplished through a walking map of community arts, music, culinary and weather sights.