All sessions are from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST
Monday, March 6: CSN Program Orientation
We will introduce CLEO staff and our goals for this course, including expectations for civic engagement and introduce the Climate Action Roadmap.
Tuesday, March 7: Science & Urgency of the Climate Crisis
We will discuss climate impacts and relate to relevant lived experiences and connect this to the underlying science. We’ll also link current events regarding extreme weather to the disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis faced by vulnerable populations, as well as future trends.
Tuesday, March 14: Climate Solutions for a Just, Equitable Future!
Starting with Civics 101, we will empower participants to take action with the knowledge of how to be an effective climate advocate. We will discuss what a just and equitable transition would look like, including affordable housing, food security, electrification of infrastructure, and nature-based solutions with an intersectional, policy-centered approach. In breakout sessions, we will explore local opportunities available within our communities.
Tuesday, March 21: Effective Communication & Civic Engagement
We will begin with tips on avoiding pitfalls in climate communication, how to align climate action with people’s values, and redirecting common myths and misconceptions. Do’s and don’ts for attending public comment sessions and commission meetings, with advice from an elected official on how best to communicate and advocate for your ideas.
Tuesday, March 28: Sharing Your Climate Story
We need to make the climate crisis relevant to others by connecting the dots to their lived experiences. Participants will refine their communication techniques and develop a personal story to share on the impacts, urgency, and solutions to climate change. There will also be a session on climate and mental health, helping activists to develop resilience and a community of care to avoid burnout.