Teachable moments are those times when people really need the information so are ready to listen to what you have to say.
In my past life I did research and education on odors from livestock facilities. The times that my teaching efforts were most effective was when a new farm was being proposed and the citizens of the county were opposing the facility due to odor complaints. This resulted in the farmer, concerned citizens, and county board coming to me for information, and paying attention to what I said. A teachable moment.
So this past week’s severe heat and storms throughout much of the United States makes for a great teachable moment for adapting to a changing climate. One option for organizing your teaching might be the following: Continue reading →
I love how people use the phrase “It is not a threat, it is an opportunity” to frame things that are obviously a threat.
This came up a couple of times last week at the third annual Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference. The intention was good and I understand where the “opportunities” are, but climate change is also a big threat. Continue reading →
I know that some of you may be surprised by this, but I do not always have something to say or write about.
I was inspired yesterday from an online comment I ready by a farmer in response to an article about a company that markets a “field benchmarking, monitoring, and analytics” program designed to increase crop production.
Doug is a dairy producer (about 1700 cows). I met him a few months back and at a Dairy Conference at Cornell. I was recording some interviews with researchers and farmers on the topic of climate and animal agriculture. I am still reviewing the interviews as I continue to put together more instructional videos on the topic. In any case, I thought what he said was good wisdom on how educators approach the issue of climate change and animal agriculture. Continue reading →