I am super excited! I have been offered an opportunity to attend and participate (credentialled NGO Observer) in the 2021 United Nations COP26 meeting. This international climate change meeting is THE place where climate policy and climate action happen. I will be supporting the U.S. ACE Coalition (Action for Climate Enhancement) while participating in events in Glasgow, Scotland during the first two weeks of November.
I believe that in order to solve the climate crisis we must activate PEOPLE through education, training, and public participation. I will join a delegation of individuals and organizations working on community driven climate solutions including climate change education, training, public awareness, public access to information, public engagement, and international coordination at COP26.
The U.S. ACE Coalition Delegation to COP26 will build on the U.S. ACE Framework and other previous U.S. ACE community work to advocate for stronger, more just, and more intersectional ACE work at the national and international level. The Delegation will host side events, press conferences, and networking events at COP26 to feature ACE work in the U.S. and promote ACE as critical to climate solutions.
This huge learning opportunity will allow me to meet inspiring international leaders from around the world who are fighting for systems change in climate change education and a for a future we all want to be part of.
I will also get to share my unique perspective, expertise, leadership, and passion for climate change education. It's plausible that this experience will turbocharge my passion for environmental work and career in environmental education.
While in Glasgow, I will also meet up and engage with the World Association for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Climate Change Programme leaders and hopefully the Laudato Sí Movement too.
This is all a very last minute opportunity that has come my way and yet it does not include funding to cover my travel, expenses, and carbon offsets for two weeks ($3,000 budget). I thank you for considering sponsoring me and this important work. You may send along a sponsorship of any size through PayPal.Me or Venmo @sarahrosejohnson.
Thank you in advance for your continued support of climate change education leadership!
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Thursday, February 4, 2021
All formal and non-formal educators welcome
Waitlist Registration here
This month's Climate Change Educator Meetup will include a presenters Frank Niepold, Jen Krester, and Kristen Poppleton (see below) who will provide an overview of the Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) strategic framework for the United States, some concrete examples of ACE in action and how participants get involved.
This is a regular monthly virtual meet up of climate change educators from across Colorado and beyond. We're excited to invite many others (you) to our February meeting. If you're interested in being part of this informal professional group, after the February meet-up you'll be invited to join our Mighty Network online platform.
Call to Action TODAY - Please sign on (individually and/or as your organization)to support the Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) National Strategy Framework for the United States. There is momentum for this Framework to be adopted in the first 100 days of the Biden administration and would create a coordinated effort for empowerment categories above in the blue boxes.
A couple short documents about the ACE Framework:
2018 Year in Review
Wild Rose Education’s Youth Water Leadership Program™ mission is to create authentic student-centered learning experiences that increase watershed literacy through civic action. During 2018, the program reached 646 student contacts ages sixth grade-college in three program areas during 94 hours of experiential learning.
Growth and Expansion of Youth Water Leadership Program™
Exciting growth occurred during 2018, the second year of this signature YWLP program. Hosting the CIRES Lens on Climate Change film making program, creating branding, convening the Summit Leader Team, mentoring senior capstone students, hosting a day long youth water summit, and employing a program intern significantly increased the program’s capacity and impact. In addition to the founding sponsor, Pitkin County Healthy Rivers, 10 additional generous financial sponsors made this expanded programming possible. Finally, utilizing the collaborative support of 20 partner organizations made this year’s YWLP more effective, meaningful, and fun.
Read the new Youth River Voices blog where water, river, and climate change youth leaders give voice to the most important issues of today
Watch the student presentations below
The Third Street Center 501(c)3 is the fiscal agent for the Youth Water Leadership Program.
The student made films from the Lens on Climate Change Program are now available to be viewed and shared.
Thanks again to CIRES, University of Colorado Office of Outreach and Engagement, and the Colorado Film School for bringing their program on the road to Carbondale reaching 20 local middle and high school students during the 6 day free workshop at the Third Street Center.
The films will be screened during the 2018 Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit and also submitted to the Colorado Environmental Film Festival.
Thanks to Sponsors and Community Partners
Special thanks to all who made the Lens on Climate Change program possible in Carbondale, Colorado including: Community Office for Resource Efficiency, Third Street Center, CLEER, Solar Rollers, and Two Rivers Unitarian Universalists.
Hosted by Wild Rose Education's Youth Water Leadership Program. Facilitated by Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and CU-Boulder. Sponsors include Third Street Center, Community Office for Resource Efficiency, CLEER, Solar Rollers, and Two Rivers Unitarian Universalists.
Wild Rose Education’s Youth Water Leadership Program is excited to partner with and host the Lens on Climate Change Program in Carbondale June 11-16th from 9am-4pm each day at the Third Street Center in Carbondale, Colorado. Program limited to 30 middle and high school students. Sign up now!
The Lens on Climate Change (LOCC) project engages middle and high school students in film production documenting the effects of climatic and environmental changes on their lives and in their communities. Middle and high school students are paired with science and film graduate to research, film, edit, and screen their film. The collaboration with mentors in both science and technical career paths provides a chance to learn about STEM fields and careers. This project is part of an NSF-funded research program that aims to study how filmmaking increases student learning and engagement with science and technology.
During these free KDNK member-only deliberative forums participants will weigh options, listen to understand, expand democratic attitudes around climate, water, and energy, build relationships, and increase their civic capacity. Sarah Johnson, trained deliberative forum moderator will be moderating the forums. You don’t need any special knowledge or preparation to participate. All KDNK members age 16 and up are invited to participate. Registration is required by emailing Gavin@kdnk.org.
KDNK Community Radio, 76 S. Second Street, Carbondale, CO 81623
What is a Deliberative Forum?
A moderated thoughtful public process where citizens will learn from one another, weighing various approaches, and find courses of action consistent with what the community and individuals hold valuable. During a deliberative forum, people:
Wild Rose Education coordinated this 2nd annual bioblitz in collaboration with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and the landowner John Powers.
Environmental Issues Forums (EIF) are a North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) initiative designed to promote meaningful, productive deliberation about difficult issues that affect the environment and communities.
Environmental Issues Forums in the Classroom - In April 2016, the White House announced the inclusion of NAAEE and Kettering Foundation's Environmental Issues Forums (EIF) in the President's Climate Education and Literacy Initiative. NAAEE is committed to supporting teachers’ use of the Climate Choices issue guide in their classrooms. During the summer of 2016, Sarah Johnson was part of a team who created and drafted the new middle school level teacher's guide. The guide provides an introduction to the EIF issue guide Climate Choices: How should we meet the challenges of a warming planet? Using Climate Choices offers an opportunity for teachers and students to use a deliberative process to consider climate change choices. This resource provides background information on deliberation, how to use Climate Choices in the classroom, and material to help teachers moderate a forum with students. Ito also includes resources on teaching about climate change. Read more about EIF and NAAEE.
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