Exploring Lead With Listening: A Guidebook For Community Conversations on Climate Migration

July 25, 2021

Learn about the "Climation Handbook"

This week, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham talk to Dr. Hannah Teicher and Patrick Marchman of the Climigration Network, a national organization of professionals and community leaders dedicated to generating equitable, just, and community-led approaches to the relocation of people most affected by the worsening impacts of climate change. The conversation's focus is the newly published Lead With Listening: A Guidebook For Community Conversations on Climate Migration, which will offer insights on how to begin "bottom-up" conversations about relocation - questions to ask yourself before you approach a community, phrases to use other than "managed retreat,” and actions and activities you can take to open up a conversation with curiosity and care. Come along as we explore the handbook and discuss the importance of high quality community conversations when approaching climate adaptation. Only on ASPN!

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.