Mary Lim

Thursday, February 26, 2015

ux: research + personas


MissionThe Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault is organized to put end to sexual violence in Maine and to ensure that there will be ongoing support and services for victims and survivors.

Their efforts include:
-Initiating and advocating for victim-centered public policy;
-Providing support and assistance to Maine's sexual violence service providers and serving as a liaison between the centers and our statewide and national partners;
-Reducing common myths and misperceptions about sexual violence through building and sustaining public awareness; and
-Providing expert training, statistics, and rescues about sexual violence to organizations, groups, and individuals throughout the state.

-Backbone Zone
The backbone zone project is an innovative approach to bystander intervention, and is about helping people recognize the actions that everyone can take to change the world they live in. Is to help students recognize exit and homophobic language, realizing that it has an impact. Encouraging students to choose different words, and giving them the skills to be active bystanders when they hear sexist and homophobic language: these are steps that each one of us can take to end gender-stereotypes, and to help end sexual violence.

-Maine Network of Children's Advocacy Centers
The Maine Network of Children's Advocacy Centers is a membership organization committed to promoting Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) and supporting existing and emerging centers. The Network promotes the development, growth, and utilization of CACs and multi-disciplinary teams to more effectively respond to Maine's sexually abused children and their families. The Network is an accredited member of the National Children's Alliance.
-Maine Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Network
The Maine Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Network is a central source of information and resources about trafficking awareness and response efforts in Maine. The efforts include training and technical assistance at no cost to local anti-trafficking teams and statewide agencies and organizations; online resources including a regular e-newsletter, summary of Maine and federal anti-trafficking laws, and numerous other resources related to trafficking and exploitation; and supports for direct service providers and law enforcement, such as a statewide victim's support fund, volunteer bank, and other resources.



Climate Reality Project 

Raising awareness of Climate Change and making it a topic that's personal

Who are they: Founded by former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore. The project consists of a "diverse group of passionate individuals who have come together to help solve the greatest challenge of our time. We are cultural leaders, marketers, organizers, scientists, storytellers and more..."

Mission: Fighting climate disruption and creating a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous future by making a global shift from dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable energies like solar and wind. They are doing this through changing culture one conversation at a time: conversations spark awareness, awareness deepens understanding, and culture shifts.

-Climate 101: educating people of the reality of climate change to separate fact from fiction and move towards solutions.
-Progress Pulse: website tracker that shows the difference one person can make. Documents the actions every supporter takes on the site.

-24 Hours of Reality: a "live, global event covering the climate crisis in every region of the world." All types of people including "world leaders, scientists, cultural icons, and everyday heroes" come together to discuss the challenges of carbon pollution and how to solve it.
-Climate Reality Leadership Corps: a "global network of activists committed to taking on the climate crisis." The program takes leaders and trains them in "climate science, communications, and...[how] to tell the story of climate change."
-Heat on Denial: A project to expose the truth about the planet, which special interest groups funded by "Big Polluters" have tried to hide.
-I AM PRO SNOW: A group of skiers, snowboarders, and winter sports fans who spread the word about what's happening to the earth, and how winters are getting warmer.
-The Guitar of Reality: This initiative is a "symbol of creative renewal." Created by Jack Johnson and Brushfire Records, they raise awareness about climate change through music.
-The People vs. Carbon: A campaign that seeks to eliminate carbon pollution. It supports efforts by the EPA and putting a price on carbon.
-What I love: This initiative is "an interactive experience that makes climate change personal. It takes the abstract and seemingly distant issue of climate change and makes it relevant to every man, woman, and child."
-#Why?WhyNot?: To ask questions and put pressure on world leaders through their citizens to reduce carbon emissions. Why? Why

Climate change actually refers to a "change in the statistical properties of the climate system when considered over long periods of time, regardless of the cause." Now, however, it has become synonymous with global warming caused by human beings.

Causes of Climate Change: Human expansion of the Greenhouse Effect or the increase in gases that trap heat in the atmosphere from escaping, thereby forcing climate change. Studies have shown that it is 90% likely that human activity in the last 250 years have unnaturally increased temperatures of the earth.

Key gases: 
water vapor
carbon dioxide > excess caused by the burning of fossil fuels
nitrous oxide
Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)

Stronger greenhouse gases will...
-increase overall Earth temperatures
-some regions will become wetter, others dryer
-raise temperature of the ocean
-partially melt glaciers and increase the sea level
-crops may thrive due to increased CO2

Overall impact of climate change:
-vegetation shifts and conservation challenges > puts wildlife at risk
-1/4 of earth's species could be headed for extinction by 2050
-rises in sea level could displace millions of people
-floods, fires and droughts will be more frequent + severe
-storms, hurricanes and tropical storms will become more intense
-higher risk for heat-related illnesses in vulnerable communities
-could cost 5-20% of the annual global gross domestic domestic product


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