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Suggested Questions to Get You Started

Climate change can feel both overwhelming and remote in space and time, yet scientists tell us that it's happening here and now. Are they right? What, if anything, have you observed yourself? Share your observations of what you have and haven’t seen with the ABCD Collection. Over time, our collected stories can begin to reveal our priorities as a community and help us and our leaders make decisions that reflect these priorities. 

Interested, but don’t know where to start?

The questions below might get you thinking about something you could share, or give you ideas of who you’d like to interview.

  • Think back to your early memories of living in our area. How do those memories compare to what conditions are like now? How hot, cold, wet, dry, snowy, windy, or humid was it?
  • Take a look at your garden. Are you growing the same things, weeding the same plants, or have the plants changed somehow? 
  • Have your favorite fishing holes changed as a result of precipitation or temperatures?
  • Take a look at any old pictures or film you might have, the older the better. What do you see that relates to the weather that you’d never see today? Include dates as best you can.
  • How has your job driving a plow truck changed over the years?
  • Are you a sailor or a boater? How have storms and wind patterns changed?

The 4 questions in this Google doc can help you structure your story (or you can interview someone else). You can download the Google doc, then save & upload it with your written answers to these questions:

  1. Where do you live? Describe something meaningful to you in your environment or community, or in the place where you grew up. 
  2. What changes in your environment have you observed that may be due to climate change?
  3. How are you responding emotionally to these changes? 
  4. What are some ways you are creating a positive future? 

Are you talking with someone else about their story, memory or observation? 

Here are some Tips for Interviewers

Have you noticed a change, but aren’t sure if it’s climate related?

Come to the library to talk it over with a librarian, or join one of our sharing circles and talk it over with an expert.

Share your story

Check out these details and tips on how to share your story, or upload to the collection now.

If you prefer to share your story by phone, mail, or email, please contact us.