Human Impact Stories Marseille <<Climate Connections>>

June 2015 Launch of the Human Impact Stories program at the French Consulate, NYC

How do we inspire people to take climate action? What do we need to effectively communicate complex problems and solutions? And Who are the people leading the way in our communities? Imagine you could explore these questions, while walking through your city viewing beautiful artwork and listening to great stories. Human Impacts Stories Marseille, which is set to launch during the arrival of the <<Climate Train>> and the <<Festival of Science>> on Sunday, October 11th, will do just that by creating a "climate walking tour" of the City of Marseille between the Villa Mediterrané and Gare St. Charles, where we can all explore climate change in a personal way through the tales of diverse, local people and their perspectives, experience, and actions.

The Human Impact Stories program of the NY-based NGO--- Human Impacts Institute (HII)--makes climate science and solutions fun and beautiful, while inspiring each us to do our part by telling the local, personal stories of people taking climate action in diverse ways, Through a combination of visual design, podcasts, and artistic installations, Human Impact Stories make the people behind climate action come to life. Using storytelling as a basis for connecting people with the "why should I care", while also giving us key information we need to take action. The second series of Human Impact Stories <<Climate Connections>> shares climate stories from the area around Marseille, France, where HII's Founder and Executive Director, Tara DePorte, is developing the series, which showcases local researchers and practitioners who are connecting climate change to other issues central to our daily lives. "Research shows that if people are able to personally connect to complex--often overwhelming--issues such as climate change, then they are more likely to care and want to be a part of the solution," commented Ms. DePorte, "By both connecting climate change to other issues that we all think about regularly, such as money, food, our health, and also sharing the stories of local people who ARE making a difference, we see a real opportunity for inspiring YOU to get involved."

With climate change impacts being felt around the world and a combined hope and fear of anticipation of what our global leaders will agree to at this year's international climate negotiations, COP21, in Paris, engaging the general public in climate change and giving them the tools to take action is more critical than ever. DePorte, who is a research fellow at the Institut d'Etudes Avancées (IMéRA) and the labex OT-Med of Aix-Marseille University is excited to be partnering locally with these institutes, as well as OSU-Pythéas and the regional government, DRRT, to develop the series. "Today, more than ever, it's important to highlight our 'wins'", remarked DePorte, "if I can see that the people from my community are taking climate seriously and coming up with innovative ways to address it, then I start thinking 'hey, if they can do it, why not me?'' And that's what Human Impact Stories Marseille is out to achieve: inspire us all to get going on climate.

You Ready? Take Climate Action Now!

Listen and Share: the stories of the first Human Impact Stories series <<Climate sHeros>>, about amazing women taking climate action in NYC:

And take a look at the upcoming workshops, performances, and openings coming below!

Bringing Human Impact Stories to Marseille, France in October of 2015

Learn: Creative Climate Communication Workshop (in french)

Thursday, September 17th, 9:30h-14h à IMéRA--l’Institut d'Etudes Avancées (IMéRA), Marseille, France. Lunch included. By Invitation and special request only.

This workshop will bring together researchers, scientists, artists and practitioners to learn how to best communicate their work on climate to the public. Individuals selected to participate in the Human Impact Stories Marseille <<Climate Connections>> series will spend the day together to explore what information is most critical for communicating their work, how to make the connections between climate change and other issues such as the economy or health, and to work with international artists (NYC, Rio de Janeiro, Marseille) to inspire climate action by visually telling the story of their work through art. The workshop will include mini-presentations (2 minutes) highlighting participants' work, break-out brainstorming sessions on communication and visualization of information, as well as forge new partnerships between local climate actors in and around Marseille.

This workshop will be developed and facilitated by Tara DePorte, Founder and Executive Director of the Human Impacts Institute ( and research fellow at IMéRA/OT-MED.

  • 9:30-9:45 Coffee and welcome

  • 9:45-10:45 Climate Connections: Speed presentations or "elevator pitches" by each participant of their work, how it connects their topic to climate, the information that they think is most important to communicate, and their top "asks" or actions for people to take. For participating artists, they will present their work and ideas for the topics they have selected. (2 min each)

  • 10:45-11 Coffee/tea break

  • 11-12 Workshopping climate communication: interactive session in break-out groups with artists and the scientists they are working with to pick out key words, images, figures, and action that are necessary to communicate their topic.

  • 12-12:30 Group presentation and feedback (10 min each)

  • 12:30-1 Next steps

  • 1-2 Lunch

Participants and Subjects (for Human Impact Stories Marseille <<Climate Connections>>

Facilitator: Tara DePorte, Founder and Executive Director, Human Impacts Institute and visual artist (NYC)

Climate Change, Economics and Migration

  • Mourad Ezzine, Director, Center for Mediterranean Integration

Energy, Transportation and Climate

  • Lounes Tadrist, Directeur, Laboratoire IUSTI “Institut Universitaire des Systèmes Thermiques Industriels” (IUSTI, UMR 7343), Aix-Marseille Université and CNRS

Climate and Society

  • Suzanne de Cheveigne, Directrice de recherche (senior researcher), CNRS, Directrice du Centre Norbert Elias (UMR 8562 CNRS-EHESS-UAPV-AMU)

  • Annick Delhaye (député région, PACA), Vice-Présidente déléguée au Développement soutenable, environnement, énergie et climat de la Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

The City and Climate

  • Joel Guiot, Director, LABEX Objectif Terre - Bassin Méditerranéen (OT-MED) and Distinguished Research Fellow (directeur de recherche de classe exceptionnelle) of CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research)

  • Hubert Mazurek, Director, L’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)

Agriculture and Climate

  • Bernard Seguin, (Retired) Directeur de recherches (classe Ex) à l'INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)

Water and Climate

  • Céline Dubreuil-Imbert, Programme Officer for Water, Plan Bleu / UNEP

  • Nicolas Roche, Aix-Marseille University - AMU Coordinator of the AMU's Research Pole "Environment" M2P2, Waste and Wastewater Treatment Team (UMR CNRS 7340)

Pollution et santé et le changement climatique:

  • Dominique Robin, Directeur, Air PACA

Droit et sea-level rise et le changement climatique

  • Marie-Laure Lambert, Maître de conférences HDR – Section CNU: 02, Laboratoire LIEU + CEJU Centre d’Etudes Juridiques d’Urbanisme, Enseignant/chercheur : – Aix-Marseille Université CEJU Centre d’Etudes Juridiques d’Urbanisme

  • Vincent Moron, Professor, Centre Européen de Recherche et d'Enseignement des Géosciences de l'Environnement (CEREGE)

Risque/La perception du risque climatique:

  • Alexandra Schleyer-Lindemman, Maître de Conférences en Psychologie, Aix-Marseille Université / UMR ESPACE 7300 du CNRS, équipe Arbois et Arles

  • Xavier Giraud, Maître de Conférences, Aix-Marseille Université Centre Européen de Recherche et d'Enseignement des Géosciences de l'Environnement (CEREGE)

Gouvernance et le changement climatique

  • Sandrine Maljean, Directrice de recherches au CNRS – Directrice du CERIC, CERIC (UMR 7318 DICE CNRS-Aix-Marseille Université), Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales et Communautaires

  • Nicolas Haeringer, Chargé de Campagne, 350 France

Participating Artists

  • Tara DePorte (see above)

  • Marina Galvadão, Climate and Ecosystem Services Specialist and visual artist (Marseille)

  • Marika Nanquette, Director, Galerie Andiamo and Festival P.O.C.

Create: Climate Connections Live

Saturday, October 10th, 10h-1h et 2h-19h

In front of Gallerie Andiamo, 30 Cours Joseph Thierry, 13001 Marseille, France

FREE and open to the public

How do you inspire action on climate change? Take part as three international artists merge art and science before your eyes through LIVE mural paintings. Artists Tara DePorte ( NYC), Marina Gavaldão (Marseille) et Nhobi (Marseille/Rio de Janeiro) will join forces with the Human Impacts Institute, labex OT-MED, IMéRA, l’OSU-Pythéas and the DRRT to work with world-renowned climate scientists, policymakers, and activists to create 10 murals exploring how we can make climate change personal, connect it to issues such as migration, health, the city, and more, and inspire you to take action. These murals will then be used for a city-wide, interactive installation, Human Impact Stories Marseille <<Climate Connections>>, and paired with the stories of people from the region who are researching and implementing local solutions to climate change in diverse ways. Learn more at

Explore: Launch of Human Impact Stories Marseille <<Climate Connections>>

Save the Date! Sunday, October 11th, Location TBA

Join us for the launch of Human Impact Stories Marseille <<Climate Connections>> and interactive walking tour of the sites, sounds, and people of Marseille who are making a difference on climate change.

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