Master Climate Protector – A Primer for Action

Administrative Coordinator – Ellie Cosgrove

Link to Master Climate Protector Course Details

Project Description

Modeled on the extremely popular Jackson County Master Gardener and Master Recycler programs, our Master Climate Protector (MCP) program incorporates both a training component and a service component.  It is designed for individuals who want to know more about Climate Change and what we can do to address this critical problem.

Master Climate Protectors are trained volunteers who work to inform and educate the public about the science of climate change and its consequences. They work within their communities and local governments to promote personal and collective actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and serve as an educational outreach for climate literacy.

They go through a 10-week training course that covers climate change science and the impacts on key sectors of energy, transportation, agriculture, water and others. Within each sector is a focus on global and local impacts, personal and collective mitigating actions and measurements on how to reduce your greenhouse gas footprint. The course includes an up to date training manual, discussion based classes, and presentations from local and regional experts.

Goal

Participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of the science of global warming and its climate change
    consequences.
  • Become motivated and learn how to take relevant individual and collective action.
  • Develop the skills and confidence to inform others about the science of global warming
    and its climate change consequences including how to address the problem.
  • Develop a personal carbon (GreenHouse Gas – GHG) footprint to help them reduce their
    own emissions.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

This project addresses the Mission of promoting awareness and understanding of climate change, its causes and consequences. It also is designed to help individuals adopt personal solutions, promote collective solutions, and motivate others to take action.

Accomplishments

The Pilot began April 2017 and subsequent courses were held beginning September 2017, February 2018, February 2019, February 2020, and February 2021. The course will be held annually beginning in February each year.

Background Information

Although abundant information exists about climate change, its causes and consequences, sometimes it is difficult to understand the science and evaluate what evidence is scientifically credible and what lacks such credibility.

Climate in the Classroom

Project Description

We work directly with regional educators to support them in their efforts to integrate climate change topics into their curriculum.

We do this through:

  • Finding and developing curricular materials which promote student awareness and understanding of the science of climate change, together with its causes, consequences, and actions we can take. These curricula could be used in schools, for homeschooling, and in extra-curricular situations, such as youth groups, after school clubs, nature centers, summer camps, etc.
  • Developing and giving one-time presentations about climate change to elementary through high school students as an introduction to the subject. Give the teacher, parent, or group leader follow-up curriculum materials.
  • Connecting and working with high school and middle-school students who might help develop curriculum and present in lower-age classrooms and/or wish to use education in climate change as their senior project, capstone project, or to fulfill another class requirement.
  • Providing opportunities for teachers to network and learn together through quarterly Teacher Conversation programs and teacher professional development workshops.

Project Leader

If you are interested in joining this project or you are an educator/school administrator who is interested in joining our mailing list, please contact Ellie Cosgrove.

Goals

  • Provide access to climate change curriculum and support regional teachers with curriculum development.
  • Identifying and supporting regional teachers who would like to be leaders in their schools and districts who will encourage colleagues to integrate climate change curriculum into their classrooms.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

One of SOCAN’s main mission objectives is to educate the public about climate science, and of the most effective ways of doing this is reaching students at all levels.

Background Information

The Next Generation Science Standards, adopted by Oregon, explicitly include the expectation that students will understand climate science, but many teachers need the support to do so. We support teachers in their efforts to find and develop curricula to meet these standards and provide professional development opportunities where they can collaborate with other teachers and practice teaching about these topics.

Education Resources

Oregon Legislative Districts

Project Description

One of the most effective ways of communicating the importance of acting to address climate change is to show individuals what is happening in their own backyards.  This project follows that principle by providing Oregonians with a brief summary of what the trends and projections are for their locality – using the state Senate Districts and Congressional Districts as the geographic regional boundaries.

Project Leader 

To join this project contact Alan Journet

Goals

The Goal was to produce summaries for each House District. We now plan to produce one parallel summary for each of Oregon’s Federal Congressional House Districts.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

This project addresses the SOCAN mission statements of promoting awareness and understanding about the consequences of climate change and motivating concerned citizens to take action.

Background Information

Shortly after SOCAN was inaugurated, it occurred to us that a brief summary of climate trends and projections for each region in Oregon could be helpful in communicating the problem and urgency to local residents and representatives. Given this premise, a reasonable way to divide the state seemed to be on the basis of Legislative Districts – a format that could have real meaning for representatives. After offering this suggestion to statewide environmental / climate organizations and receiving positive responses but no interest in assuming responsibility for organizing the project, SOCAN thus engaged student interns from SOU and local willing experts to work with us on developing the summaries and bullet lists.

Resources

Presentations

Project Description

The purpose of the project is to develop a set of presenters and presentations that can be offered to regional audiences.  It is anticipated that these presentations will be adjusted to suit the interests and understanding of the audience, and be tailored to meet the desired goals and needs of the audience.

Project Leader

To join this project or to request a presentation contact Alan Journet

Goals

To present scientifically based information on climate change to promote understanding and awareness of the problem and how we can address it.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

It is anticipated that this project will promote awareness and understanding about the causes and consequences of climate change and motivate individual and collective action through delivery of informed presentations discussing the most currently available science on various aspects of climate change, its causes, consequences, and counters.

Background Information

Delivering presentations on various aspects of climate change is a critically important activity offered by SOCAN. We have developed presentation slide sets that can be shared.

By offering schools, educational institutions, community and service groups informed presentations and programs on Climate Change, SOCAN can promote among area residents: a greater understanding of the basic science of climate change; its causes and consequences, regionally, nationally, and globally; what we can do to address the problem.  Addressing climate change involves both preparing for the consequences that are inevitable and reducing its causes so as to reduce the severity of future impacts.

Resources

List of speakers & topics