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Pushing the Limits: Community
Through this public program, we’ll explore how communities are adapting to more frequent and volatile fires caused by rising temperatures and drought conditions, and how the effects of those fires can reach far beyond the forests and into urban areas hundreds of miles away. We’ll develop ideas about how families and communities can be better prepared for the future by working together. 
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Scenes from “Pushing the Limits: Community”

 

Program Video
Bert and Johnnie Hyde live in lake country, just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, near the town of Ely, Minnesota. They love their home, and they’re prepared to do whatever it takes to support and protect their community.

In recent years, Bert and Johnnie have witnessed a lot of changes in their environment. The most threatening change has been the dramatic increase in intense, unpredictable forest fires, exacerbated by a drier, hotter climate. Bert and Johnnie responded to this rising threat by signing up as volunteer EMTs and teaching canoe basics to fire fighters, to help them battle flames in remote areas. Bert and Johnnie also recognize the importance of preventing and preparing for disaster, so Bert started conducting house inspections to help homeowners become fire aware and implement fire resistant tactics.

Bert, Johnnie, and their community know they have to take care of each other. They’re adapting to the new normal by coming together to build resolve and resiliency.
 

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Watch Bert and Johnnies’s story here, or select the video icon at the bottom of the page to download it to your computer.

Note that the button on the bottom right of the video will make the video go to “full screen” mode. In full screen mode you will have the control at the bottom of the screen to advance and rewind. After viewing, you can select the esc key to escape full screen.

Alternatively, you can select the video icon at the bottom of the page to download the video to your own computer, which is a better option if you have limited bandwidth. We recommend downloading (now or later) all of the videos and resources to use during your library programs. Downloaded videos are .mp4 files. If your computer does not open and play them automatically, you may need to download a free video player, such as Quicktime or VLC.

Bert and Johnnie Hyde
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To support your implementation of Pushing the Limits: Community, you can download this document, which contains:

  • A list of additional suggested booksarrowsdownload icondownload MS Word icon
  • A set of discussion questions that can be customized to your community’s interests

 
Marketing your Program
We recommend starting your planning and marketing at least 2-3 months before your program date. Please note that instructions for appropriate credit are included in the Marketing Plan Template which you can find in Professional Development Unit 4. At minimum, the following program credit line must appear in all published materials relating to Pushing the Limits:

Pushing the Limits is a library hosted reading, viewing, and discussion program for adults in rural and under resourced communities, made possible by grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation.”

Program Resources

DOWNLOAD BERT AND JOHNNIE’S STORY HERE
This video is approximately fifteen minutes long and may take several minutes to download. We recommend that you download all the files for your public program, rather than stream them from this website.

DOWNLOAD PROMOTIONAL VIDEO
Download a 45 second video that you can use to promote the program through your own website.

DOWNLOAD ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Download a list of articles and other short readings related to this topic. You and your science partner may want to use these as additional examples in your program, or they may lead to ideas for customizing the programs for your own community.

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