How does a concerned community member effectively lead local climate projects? The Climate Change Leadership Academy (2CLA) encourages helps folks do just that. Co-run by Vital Communities and the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup, 2CLA offers in-person and virtual meetings, guest speakers, group discussion, a project development workbook, and collaborative work time. The group explores climate change science, mitigation, adaptation, and migration – all with an eye towards equity and lived experience. Cohort members also have the change to develop their project design and leadership skills in order to lead successful community action. The current class includes 22 Upper Valley residents ranging in age from early-twenties to mid-seventies. This post reviews Session 5; see the series here.
2CLA Program Manager Alana Redden writes:
We had Session 5 of 2CLA on November 15. We had 21 of our 22 cohort members there! The topic was how to talk about climate change. I recorded two conversations with community members prior to the meeting. The first was Nat Wood, who is a student at Keene State studying Sustainability, Inequity Studies, and Restorative Justice. In my conversation with them we discussed how to use restorative justice principles in hard conversations and how to think about climate conversations as collaborations and not competitions, and we ran through some real-life scenarios of hard climate conversations that the 2CLA 2022 members shared.