Alum conducts workshop on environmental activism and art

Dr. Amber Pairis and her colleague Danielle Boudreau visited our students on Friday. After graduating Idyllwild Arts in 1992, Amber combined her love for art and the environment by double-majoring at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After three years of field work in Hawaii, she went on to complete her Ph.D. at Antioch University. Since then, Amber has played many roles in the environmental movement, notably working for the government at the federal, state, and local levels. Most recently, she started the South Coast Climate Science Alliance which is dedicated to the conservation of the Southern California and Northern Baja coastal regions.

We were thrilled to have Amber and Danielle come and work with our students. In the morning, they gave a talk about climate change adaptation in Southern California to our Environmental Studies class.

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After an engaging presentation, our students had fun with an interactive role-playing activity to simulate community negotiations about responses to climate change.

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In the evening, Amber and Danielle conducted a workshop open to the entire student body. They focused on the “art-science network” and the power of artistic creativity to communicate scientific ideas and mobilize public action. In all, it was an inspiring day!