Want to help lead local solutions to climate change?
The Climate Change Leadership Academy (2CLA) Class of 2022 is now underway! Offered by the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup and Vital Communities, 2CLA trains Upper Valley residents on how to take meaningful action on climate change in their communities. The Academy features six biweekly live sessions with expert presentations, group discussion, and collaborative work sessions that explore climate change science, climate justice, mitigation and adaptation strategies, opportunities for local action, project design, and leadership development. 2CLA 2022 runs from September through December 2022.
Solutions to climate change start at the community level. In 2CLA, participants will:
- Build knowledge, skills, and connections to help you design and enact community solutions and adaptations to climate change
- Collaborate as a part of a network of local people who care as much as you do
- Learn what works in community organizing and how to inspire people to action
“… until we have some sense of how to live our solutions locally, we won’t be successful at implementing a just governance system regionally, nationally, or globally.”
adrienne marie brown, Emergent Strategy, 2017
What 2CLA Offers
- Peer Support | 2CLA participants meet, learn alongside, and collaborate with a cohort of ~25 engaged citizens from across the Upper Valley who are concerned about climate change and ready to do something about it. The connections you make with your 2CLA cohort and 2CLA alumni from previous cohorts will be a source of mutual support and connectedness for years to come.
- Networking | 2CLA introduces you to organizations and leaders who are already working to address climate change in the Upper Valley. These are people and groups you can connect with and seek help from now and in the future.
- Leadership Training | 2CLA provides resources and opportunities to hone your skills in designing and running impactful projects, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, leading equitable community engagement, implementing successful public outreach, and more.
- Learning | 2CLA brings in climate scientists and environmental justice experts to deepen your understanding of the warming, extreme weather, increased precipitation, and drought we are seeing in the Upper Valley; how those changes are affecting our communities; and who is most affected by and most resilient to those changes.
- Action | Each 2CLA participant identifies a climate-related project within the participant’s own community to launch, join, or build upon during and after their 2CLA experience. Identifying, planning, and beginning to dig into your project will be your focus this fall, supported by the many partners and resources offered through 2CLA.
Wondering If This Opportunity Can Work for You?
2CLA is for any Upper Valley resident (as defined here) age 16 or older with an interest in local climate action. 2CLA is FREE, thanks to grant funding. If additional financial support would make it easier for you to participate, Vital Communities has $200 stipends for participants to compensate for time, food, childcare, elder care, or transportation costs. When filling out your application, you can choose whether or not to accept the stipend.
2CLA 2022 Schedule
September 20, 5:30 – 8:00: Kickoff Event (in person in the Lebanon area)
October 4, 6:00 – 7:30: 90-minute virtual session
October 18, 6:00 – 7:30: 90-minute virtual session
November 1, 5:00 – 6:30: 90 minute in-person session. We will hold this session virtually if not advisable to meet in person per public health guidelines.
November 15, 6:00 – 7:30: 90-minute virtual session
December 6, 6:00 – 7:30: 90-minute virtual session
Spring, date and time TBA: Culminating session
Ways You’ll Participate
- Live Cohort Workshops | The entire 2CLA 2022 cohort will meet 5-6 times altogether between September and December. Some of these meetings will be in-person (in Lebanon, with food provided) and some will be virtual, out of respect for current public health guidance and a desire to avoid unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions in traveling to events. Whether in person or via Zoom, cohort workshops will be highly interactive, offering opportunities for group discussion and peer support throughout the 2CLA process. Participants will be expected to attend as many of these workshops as possible.
- Pre-Recorded Talks | When 2CLA brings in an expert to speak, we will pre-record those talks so you can watch them on your own time. Some of these talks will be required viewing ahead of a cohort workshop; others will be optional resources for you to peruse. Topics will include climate science, environmental justice, leadership and community organizing skills, and example projects from across our region and beyond.
- Office Hours | Office Hours will be optional, drop-in sessions offered via Zoom on a regular basis throughout the fall. Sessions might offer a chance to chat with a climate scientist, get personalized help from a project design expert, discuss a particular resource with your peers, connect with 2CLA alumni, etc.
- On Your Own Time | To get the most out of 2CLA, participants should plan to spend at least a few hours per week working on their 2CLA projects and engaging in 2CLA workshops, office hours, and resources.
How 2CLA Participants are Chosen
The 2CLA 2022 Design Team (including 2CLA alumni, Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup members, and Vital Communities staff) will review applications submitted by interested individuals and select up to 25 participants for the 2CLA Class of 2022. Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:
- In what ways each candidate adds to the diversity of the 2022 cohort through their lived experience, identity, perspectives on climate change, age, geography, etc.
- Ability to participate
- Eagerness to use 2CLA as a starting point for deepening their personal engagement in community-based efforts to address the causes, effects, and inequities of climate change in their own community
We are seeking to build a cohort that is diverse in terms of lived experience, identity, age, location in the Upper Valley, and perspectives on climate change. We also seek those with the ability to fully participate in the live sessions, complete homework, and dedicate time each week to their project. In addition, we will look for responses that indicate an eagerness to use 2CLA as a starting point for deepening their personal engagement in community-based efforts to address the causes, effects, and inequities of climate change in their own community.
2CLA Hosts and Sponsors
The Upper Valley Climate Change Leadership Academy is a project of Vital Communities and the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup, a bi-state, multi-stakeholder effort convened in 2012 to help our communities prepare for climate change and become more resilient. This program is made possible through support from Jane’s Trust Foundation, Cotyledon Fund, and High Meadows Fund.