EDITOR’S NOTE: This press release has been updated from a version published November 18, 2021 to include a recording of the webinar.
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) conservation webinar recorded on Nov. 24 at noon CST features Jacqueline Comito, anthropologist and ILF director at Iowa State University. Comito explores what science says about how revising our stories and hope can impact environmental attitudes and behaviors. She engages the audience in a discussion about not just telling better and more purposeful stories, but how our stories define our actions and beliefs.
In the webinar, “Can Revision and Hope Improve the Environment?,” Comito continues the conversation from her November 2020 webinar that took a look at spiritual and cultural means of inspiring people to make changes for the good of the planet. During this engaging, interactive and motivational webinar, she discusses ways the tools of revision and hope might integrate into environmental work when it seems like real change is elusive.
“With out-of-control fires, drought, water pollution and more, the news is grim and anxiety levels are increasing,” said Comito. “It can be difficult to be hopeful. But the science suggests that it is the absence of hope that might make the situation hopeless. What is hope and how can we use it in our work? I think we need to better understand the role that our stories or narratives play in defining us and learn to tell more deliberate stories to reestablish hope and make progress together.”
About Iowa Learning Farms:
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, EPA Section 319 Grant Program and GROWMARK, Inc.
— Iowa Learning Farms