Participants, Climate Action Fellowship prototype course

Announcing the 2nd Climate Action Fellowship course:
February – March, 2018

The Climate Center is offering a training course designed for you to:

  •  Build your knowledge, hope, and resolve
  •  Connect with like-minded folks, take action, and have an impact
  •  Ensure you know the basic science of climate change
  •  Practice how to speak and listen in an engaging, inspiring way
  •  Learn about real solutions and how to make them happen
  • Help us with an exciting initiative — we will be supporting statewide legislation to end the sale of new internal combustion engines. This is just the first of many climate solutions for which this group will advocate.

Course overview:

Date/Time, Theme

Thurs Feb. 15, 6:00-8:00 – Opening: Fear, Hope, and Change
Thurs Feb. 22, 6:00-8:00 – Tough Reality, Part One. Grace and Gratitude
Thurs March 1, 6:00-8:00 – Tough Reality, Part Two. Call to Action
Saturday March 3, 9:00-3:30 – Unraveling Denial, Touching the Heart
Thurs March 8, 6:00-8:30 – Inspiring Activism
Thurs March 15, 6:00-8:30 – Policies for Powerful Solutions
Thurs March 22, 6:00-8:30 – Envisioning the Future
Thurs March 29, 6:00-8:30 – Being Unstoppable

If you are selected for the training, we expect you to attend all of the sessions and to complete each week’s homework (about 1 hour/week). We also expect that following completion of the course you will stay involved in Climate Action Fellowship activities such as advocating for solutions we’re working on and engaging others in the Climate Action Fellowship.

The fee for the course is $100, payable by the first session. Scholarships are available – no one will be turned away because of inability to pay.

The size of the class is limited to 16 so that participants can participate fully in small and large group discussions and exercises.

Our past experience has shown that there may be more interested applicants than spaces available. If you are not selected, you will be invited to participate in other related activities and gatherings.

You needn’t attend the information session to apply for the course.

Questions? Please contact Jock Gilchrist,

Below are comments and statistics from the participants in the prototype course.

“The unique meld of science, emotional/spiritual facets, politics and activism made this class different – and rich.”

“Everything you wanted to have happen — happened for me. You succeeded in teaching this old dog a new bag of tricks!”

 “We all came from different backgrounds and experiences, but the shared concern for the environment and the changing climate brought us together. There is a deep caring in the group for this cause, and we grew closer together as human beings during the weeks of the program.”

“One of the biggest strengths was the deep care and thoughtful organizing that went into the program. The organizers clearly thought long and deeply about how to best create a fellowship, how to cater to people’s busy schedules, and, probably most importantly, how to present the information in a realistic but supportive environment.”

“Strengths for me – The science shared, and the conversation around the science and learning to know enough basics to be effective as an activist, or in speaking about the climate crisis vs feeling pressured to know absolutely everything. The friendships that are growing out of the process, which also has created a space for activism amongst others who feel the same, & have been through a process together.”

“The emphasis on fellowship was unique. The small group sessions/fellowship building activities, with the prompts were very thought-provoking and revealing, therefore terrific in my view.”

 Course ratings:

  • Participants rated the course 4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 86% said the course positively impacted their motivation to take action around the climate crisis
  • 80% said the course altered their emotions about the climate crisis — they felt more urgency, agency, and hope
  • 87% feel more comfortable talking about the climate crisis with others after the course as compared to before
  • 93% feel more prepared as a climate activist after the course as compared to before

Climate Action Fellowship designers: (L to R) Larry Robinson, Jane Bender, Rich Karas, Ardath Lee, Pete Gang, Ann Hancock, Jock Gilchrist