What do you want for the future of the Madison area? How can we ensure resilient communities, clean lakes, and healthy land for future generations?
The UW-Madison Water Sustainability and Climate Project wants to know your desires for the long-term future of the Yahara Watershed, the region around the Madison lakes. From Monday, April 20th through Wednesday, April 22nd we are conducting a social media blitz in conjunction with Earth Day 2015.
During these three days, we are crowdsourcing perspectives on the greatest opportunities and worst threats to building resilience in the Yahara Watershed and the Upper Midwest.
To participate, post your ideas to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google Plus using the hashtag #Yahara2070.
To help, here are some questions your posts could answer:
- What do you want for the future of the Yahara Watershed (or your home region)?
- How can we ensure resilient communities, clean lakes, and healthy land for future generations?
- What threats to future generations must we avoid?
- What are the best ideas for creating resilient communities and ecosystems that we should pursue?
- What steps are you taking now to help us achieve a desirable future?
Your ideas will be valuable to our Yahara 2070 project, a set of scenarios depicting possible futures for the Yahara Watershed based on varying changes in land use, climate, and human demand. These scenarios are meant to stimulate broad discussion about what is desirable for the future and what can be done now to achieve good conditions and avoid bad conditions. Learn more at yahara2070.org.
The collection of ideas will also be curated for a Storify story to be shared publicly.
You could win a little bit of Internet fame! Two participants will be chosen at the end of the blitz to be interviewed for the project’s blog, Yahara in situ, about their perspectives on the future. (Unfortunately, limited capacity prevented us from pursuing this.)
We look forward to your ideas!
p.s. Did you know we’re on Twitter? Follow us @YaharaWSC