Topics: Leadership, Management, Climate change Pages: 106 (28578 words) Published: July 16, 2013

Climate Leadership Workshop Manual

July, 2011

Getting Started


Welcome to the 350 Workshops Toolkit. A few years ago, when we started running climate leadership workshops around the world, we realized that there are so many passionate, energized ordinary people out there, who, with a little bit of practice, could become a powerful corps of leaders driving change. You are one of those people; this climate workshops toolkit is for you.

We’re really excited to provide what we think is one of the best collection of documents, notes, tips and ideas on climate organizing. We can’t claim to know everything about leadership and organizing, and we encourage you to take these materials and adapt them to your own style and context (just make sure to credit and our friends who helped develop these guides!)

So, how do I use this toolkit?
We anticipate climate organizers using this toolkit in a number of ways. You can: 1) Read it on your own; 2) Print it out and run the sessions with your organizing team; or 3) Host or find a 350 Workshop near you that’s based on this toolkit. However you end up using this toolkit, we hope that it will help you become a savvier, more skilled and more effective climate organizer, so that we can build a movement powerful enough to solve the climate crisis.

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Parts of this document have been generously donated by IndyACT – The League of Independent Activists, Marshall Ganz, Joy Cushman and Liz Palatto

Additional thanks to rockstar organizers Zo Tobi, Jon Barrows and the Sierra Student Coalition, Heather Cronk, Kristen Dore and the NOI team and countless others. Many thanks to you all.

Why Organize?

Hello, and thanks for being here!

The science is clear: global warming is happening faster than ever and humans are responsible. Many of the activities we do every day like turn the lights on, cook food, or heat or cool our homes or travel rely on the combustion of fossil fuels like coal and oil, which emit carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases when burned. Global warming destabilizes the delicate balance that makes life on this planet possible. Just a few degrees in temperature can completely change the world as we know it, and threaten the lives of millions of people around the world.

350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide—measured in "Parts Per Million" in our atmosphere. 350 PPM—it's the number humanity needs to get back to as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change.

Over the past few years, thanks to many of you, we built up enormous momentum for climate solutions. With over 15,000 public rallies, we’ve collectively organized "the most widespread [movement for] political action in the planet's history," according to CNN, with 5200 actions in 181 countries. And in Copenhagen, at the United Nations climate talks in December, 2009, that translated into 117 countries--most of the world's nations--supporting a tough 350 target.

Despite all our success, the movement power we built didn't immediately translate into political victory. The biggest polluters wouldn't go along. So we still have work to do! If this global movement succeeds, we can get the world on track to get back to 350 and back to climate safety. It won't be easy, that's why all of us need to lend a hand.

The goal of this workshop is for you to become better organizers and activists, and turn those skills into sustained community action to solve the climate crisis. The sessions will focus on a few main themes – by the end of the workshop, you will:

· Understand recent climate science and policy. · Be able to present your own stories through the lens of Public Narrative. · Know how to communicate effectively...
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