Flagstaff Climate Leader Course
What is a Flagstaff Climate Leader?
Climate Leaders are individuals with the skills to initiate community-led climate action and positive climate conversations.
What is the Flagstaff Climate Leader course?
This course offers an in-depth training on climate change science, climate change communication, and climate action. Presentations by leaders in government, academia, and community organizations will provide local expertise on climate change threats, actions, and policies. Training materials include discussion articles, evaluations, and Powerpoint presentations. Participants are required to accumulate ≥30 hrs of climate-oriented volunteerism, advocacy, and/or outreach within a year of completing the program. The course is an 8-week program with several optional weekend sessions. Topics covered include climate change science, myths, and facts; climate change impacts in Flagstaff and what they city is doing through the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan; climate change and equity; methods for effective climate communication (and time to practice skills); and how to be a leader in catalyzing community climate action.
What are course participants committing to?
As a participant in the Climate Leader course, you are committing to attend all eight Wednesday evening sessions (weekend sessions are optional) with an open mind. Climate change is a difficult topic, about which many people feel passionately, and it is important to remain receptive to new information and perspectives to ensure discussions are positive experiences for everyone. In addition, participants in the course commit to serve at least 30 volunteer hours in climate outreach within a year of course completion.
What is the goal of the course?
This course aims to educate residents on climate change, local impacts, and climate action in order to initiate positive climate conversations and community action.
What will participants learn?
Through interactive presentations and group discussions, participants will
- Learn about climate change science (facts and myths) and the local effects of climate change in Flagstaff
- Meet and engage with local climate leaders and experts in academia, government, business, and community organizations through interactive presentations and discussions
- Share what they learn with their communities through effective and positive communication
- Act on what they learn to inspire and initiate climate action within themselves and their communities
Why should people register?
Flagstaff's changing climate affects us all. Understanding the local impacts is step one. Acting on those impacts is step two. Flagstaff needs trained individuals ready to act on their knowledge and initiate projects to increase resiliency and sustainability. Everyone has a part to play in making Flagstaff a healthy and livable city into the future.