Estuary News

September 2020

Creeks & Quilts for Climate

The Estuary News team has been working behind the scenes with partners on a cool new build out of our sister Acclimatewest project called the California Climate Quilt. is a pilot storytelling site that gathers stories about creeks, sloughs, and shorelines adapting to sea level rise, describing who lives around them and what concerns they have about their environment, as well as exploring the local natural and human history of the area. At the same time, in a world driven by short attention spans and social media, we realized that you may have a lot of individual stories of resilience or climate adaptation action to share! So this summer we began digitally sewing a California Climate Quilt and issued a Dare – what can you change by 25% now and by 2025 to reduce you carbon footprint? Other projects are working on metrics and BTUs – our focus is the people, the story, the action, the photo or art, the sense of community around a quilt of actions!

So get quilting!

Send us your story about your individual act of resilience—whether it’s how you grow herbs with rinse water or gave up eating meat or planted an orchard in your driveway or abstain from using ziplock bags. Make your own group or school or block or family square of 25 squares!


Help us find creeks that make good stories!

Introduce us to the people who live there, so we can build local storytelling partnerships. Better yet, let’s work on a grant proposal together around your creek or shore?

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