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  • ENGAGING CHICAGO’S DIVERSE COMMUNITIES

    in the Chicago Climate Action Plan

    ©The Field Museum, ECCo

  • Research Team

    Principle Investigators: Dr. Jennifer Hirsch, The Field Museum Commissioner Suzanne Malec-McKenna, City of Chicago Dr. Alaka Wali, The Field Museum Dr. Lynn Westphal, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station

    Project Managers: Dr. Lori Barcliff Baptista, The Field Museum (Roseland study) Dr. Janette Bulkan, The Field Museum (Forest Glen study) Dr. Rosa Cabrera, The Field Museum (Pilsen, West Ridge studies) Dr. Christine Dunford, The Field Museum (North Kenwood-Oakland/Bronzeville study) Mario Longoni, The Field Museum (Polish, Forest Glen studies)

    Project Team: Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz, Chicago Cultural Alliance Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, The Field Museum Lisa See Kim, The Field Museum Cherie LeBlanc Fisher, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station Dr. Kate McClellan, The Field Museum Troy Peters, Global Philanthropy Partnership Sarah Sommers, The Field Museum Madeleine Tudor, The Field Museum

    Interns: Kiona Baker-Mitchell Izabela Grobelna Cyrus Hester Hannah Porst Juliana Wilhoit Curtis Witek

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  • Community Partners South Chicago: Rosa Perea, Centro Comunitario Juan Diego Dinah Ramirez, Healthy Southeast Chicago

    North Kenwood-Oakland/ Bronzeville: Danielle Walters, Stateway Community Partners

    The Polish Community: Rich Kujawa, The Polish Museum of America Jan Lorys, The Polish Museum of America

    Pilsen: Jose Luis Gutierrez, Casa Michoacán Zorayda Avila, Casa Michoacán Gabriela Mendoza, Casa Michoacán Rebeccah Sanders, Chicago Cultural Alliance Mimosa Shah, Chicago Cultural Alliance

    West Ridge: Modhurima Mukherjee, Indo-American Heritage Museum Nafisa Bandukwala, Indo-American Heritage Museum Mannan Bandukwala, Indo-American Heritage Museum Rebeccah Sanders, Chicago Cultural Alliance Dorothie Shah, Indo-American Heritage Museum Mimosa Shah, Chicago Cultural Alliance Renuka Sharma, Indo-American Center

    Roseland: Angela Pace-Moody, The Energy Action Network Mettrice Davis, B.R.O.C.K. Social Services Phyllis Jones, B.R.O.C.K. Social Services Winona Stiff, B.R.O.C.K. Social Services Brenda Taylor, B.R.O.C.K. Social Services Dorotha Tyler, B.R.O.C.K. Social Services Brenda Weil, B.R.O.C.K. Social Services Carolyn Thomas, God’s Gang Ruth Gardner-Woods, God’s Gang Dorothy Jenkins, Fernwood United Methodist Church Brenda Little, Fernwood United Methodist Church Derrick Red, Fernwood United Methodist Church Rev. Al Sampson, Fernwood United Methodist Church

    Forest Glen: Jennifer Herren Gatesman, Sauganash Chamber of Commerce Moira K. Pollard, Sauganash Community Association Sue Williamson, Sauganash Community Association

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  • Research was commissioned by the Chicago Department of Environment

    Research Support

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  • RESEARCH APPROACH

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  • Approach

    Studies completed 2008 to present

    1 SOUTH CHICAGO

    WEST RIDGE SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY

    NORTH KENWOOD-

    OAKLAND/BRONZEVILLE

    POLISH

    COMMUNITY

    FOREST

    GLEN

    PILSEN MEXICAN COMMUNITY

    ROSELAND

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  • Studies to be completed 2011 to 2012

    *Contract pending

    Approach

    AUSTIN

    BEVERLY* IRISH COMMUNITY

    CHINATOWN,

    UPTOWN* CHINESE COMMUNITY

    MIDWAY AREA*

    NORTHEAST SIDE*

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  • Stateway Community Partners

    PILSEN’S

    MEXICAN

    COMMUNITY

    WEST RIDGE’S

    SOUTH ASIAN

    COMMUNITY

    SOUTH

    CHICAGO

    FOREST GLEN

    POLISH

    COMMUNITY

    NORTH

    KENWOOD-

    OAKLAND/

    BRONZEVILLE

    ROSELAND

    INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS

    Approach

    Participatory Action Research

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  • CCAP

    Community Concerns

    Eco-Friendly Values,

    Practices

    Social Innovations

    Communication Networks

    Leaders & Stakeholders

    Approach

    Identify Entryways to Climate Action

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  • • Participant observation • Interviews • Focus groups • Visual activities • Storytelling • Social network surveys

    Organizational Representatives

    Cited Organizations

    Organizational Representatives

    Cited Organizations

    (North Kenwood/Oakland-Bronzeville, South Chicago)

    Approach

    Research Methods

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  • FINDINGS

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  • Overall Findings

    Five Key Takeaway Points 1. While most residents are aware of and care about global climate

    change, many do not connect it to their everyday lives in Chicago.

    2. The cultural and social backgrounds of residents play large roles in determining their attitudes and beliefs about climate change, nature, and the environment.

    3. Most residents already engage in a range of green practices in their daily lives, from the mainstream to the creative and community-specific.

    4. Climate action programs will likely be most successful if they are designed and implemented with networks of trusted community organizations and leaders, build on cultural values, and identify and scale up existing positive behaviors.

    5. Most communities are interested in adopting climate action programs that provide recognizable, community-level co- benefits, including but going beyond cost savings.

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  • FINDINGS I AWARENESS & UNDERSTANDING OF CLIMATE CHANGE

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  • PERCEPTIONS & AWARENESS

    • Study participants expressed a sense of global responsibility toward the environment.

    • Participants most often associated climate change with weather- and nature-related consequences.

    • Connections to salient environmental/social catastrophes like the BP Oil Spill or Hurricane Katrina were commonly made.

    • Many also pointed to iconic symbols of climate change, such as polar bears or melting ice caps.

    Attitudes and Awareness

    Findings I: Awareness & Understanding

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  • PERCEPTIONS & AWARENESS

    Many Chicagoans – especially those with recent immigrant backgrounds – gain awareness of the impacts of climate change through their global (e.g., Mexico, India) and transregional (e.g., U.S. South) connections.

    Global / Transregional Connections

    Findings I: Awareness & Understanding

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  • PERCEPTIONS & AWARENESS

    Though residents recognize the seriousness of global climate change and the importance of caring for the natural environment, they generally do not connect it to their lives in Chicago.

    Climate Change in Chicago

    Findings I: Awareness & Understanding

    lack of urgency invisibility of problems

    someone else’s agenda fault of big business/government

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  • Many residents’ perceptions of climate change are informed by climate action campaigns and green practices in their home countries.

    Memory and Experience

    Findings I: Awareness & Understanding

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  • Heritage and Culture

    Broader cultural frameworks inform residents’ understandings of nature, the environment, and climate change.

    Findings I: Awareness & Understanding

    religion natural resources home/garden aesthetics

    global/local responsibility kinship, family & community outdoor space

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  • Connections to Other Concerns

    Findings I: Awareness & Understanding

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  • Nationally discussed co-benefits

    Economic development

    and green jobs

    Jobs: trades and domestic

    cleaning services

    TransportationHealth

    Cultural heritage(not raised as issue)

    Polish community concerns in the Chicago area

    Example of Concerns: Polish Community

    Healthy livingHome

    Findings I: Awareness & Understanding

    Cost savings

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  • • Make climate change feel local, personal, and actionable, in part by linking it to issues that residents care about.

    • Identify and support culturally diverse environmentally-friendly traditions and values.

    • Present climate change as a transnational issue, addressing ethnic communities’ connections to their homeland cultures.

    Recommendations

    Findings I: Awareness & Understanding

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  • FINDINGS II GREEN PRACTICES

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  • Even if they are skeptical about climate change, residents already engage in green practices for a variety of reasons:

    Findings II: Green Practices

    Beyond Environmental Action

    cost