Draft -- this competency is under development -- watch this space for the new draft curriculum coming in 2013!
Climate change interpretation can occur in many venues and formats of personal services and media and should be strategically integrated into the site’s overall interpretive programming. To be interpretive, these programs and products will move beyond presenting facts and information about climate change to facilitate opportunities for audience members to form their own intellectual and emotional connections with the meanings of this critical issue and its relationship to the site’s resources and stories, along with providing contextual awareness of the broader regional and global relationships and implications. To be fully effective, climate change interpretation will help audience members find personal aspects of relevance that encourage them to care about this issue. As appropriate, interpretive efforts will also prompt audience members to consider ways they can act and partner with the parks and their communities to make a positive difference. Through the lens of national parks, interpretation can help shape the national dialog about climate change.
Building on a solid grounding in the fundamentals of interpretive theory, interpreters will acquire and apply knowledge of climate science and the scientific process, along with thorough knowledge of audience beliefs and multiple perspectives. Interpreters will employ sophisticated interpretive techniques that facilitate opportunities for reflection, expression, dialogue, participation and interaction. Interpreters will proactively handle controversy in a professional and respectful manner, and embrace its interpretive potential. They will appropriately represent the National Park Service and avoid the introduction of personal or political bias.
To be successful interpreting climate change, interpreters will: