Art and exhibits illustrate hope for climate resilience

By Shannon Dortch
Cornell Chronicle
November 29, 2021

Art, exhibits, and emerging knowledge come together at Cornell Botanic Gardens this fall to express the ways in which Indigenous and rural communities around the world are adapting to disruptions caused by the climate crisis.

The exhibition “Ecological Calendars: Finding Hope in the Face of Climate Change” illustrates the value and impact of the Ecological Calendars and Climate Adaptation Project (ECCAP). The collaborative research project investigates how climate-driven shifts in ecological patterns, such as first snowfall or the emergence of specific plants, adversely affect farmers, fishers, herders, hunters, and orchardists who rely on patterns for timing planting, harvesting, and similar subsistence tasks.

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