G-WOW Climate Initiative nominated for Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

2016 Climate Leadership Award-TechtmannContact Cathy Techtmann, 715-561-2695, catherine.techtmann@ces.uwex.edu

The “Gikinoo’wizhiwe Onji Waaban” (Guiding for Tomorrow) or “G-WOW” Initiative has been nominated for the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources for “outstanding leadership to advance the resilience of the nation’s living natural resources in a changing climate.”

The project was nominated by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, a partner in the initiative along with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore-National Park Service, and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources was established in 2016 to highlight outstanding projects or activities that advance the resilience of America’s valuable fish, wildlife and plant resources in a changing climate. It acknowledges the leadership of individuals, organizations, businesses and agencies and promotes their work as examples of successful climate adaptation.

The G-WOW Initiative takes a unique approach to increasing awareness of how climate change is affecting Lake Superior’s coastal environment, people, cultures and economies. It demonstrates how climate is affecting the sustainability of species and habitat conditions that support Ojibwe culture as an example of how climate change is affecting all cultures.

The goal is to make the issue of climate change personal for learners and promote action to address it. Outreach tools include the G-WOW website, a summer professional development institute, and a major climate exhibit at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, Wisconsin.

The award is sponsored by the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy’s Joint Implementation Working Group in partnership with the Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Resource Conservation Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Forest Service, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

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PHOTO: Cathy Techtmann, UW-Extension environmental outreach specialist and G-WOW initiative director, accepts the nomination for the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources on behalf of UW-Extension and the Environmental Resources Center.

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