CLEAN Teleconference Call October 23, 2018

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Drawdown Learn Case Study

Jenna Totz, Climate Change Education Manager, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Jen Kretser, Director of Programs & the Youth Climate Summit Initiative, the Wild Center

Frank Niepold, Climate Education Coordinator and Senior Climate Education Program Manager, Climate Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Lynne Cherry, Author, Illustrator, Filmmaker and Environmental Lecturer

Abstract: Members from the CLEAN Network who attended the Drawdown Learn event at the Omega Institute from October 19-21 in Rhinebeck NY will share their reflections and discuss possible next steps that the CLEAN Network and its members might want to explore over the coming year and beyond.

Project Drawdown is perhaps the most unexpected and hopeful development in the critical effort to reverse global warming. Since the findings were published in April 2017, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming has become a New York Times best seller, prompting hundreds of media reports, events, and new editions worldwide.

Now, there is a need for a collaborative effort to develop tools, training, and curriculum integration to unpack the rich learning opportunities of Drawdown and its data. In 2018, along with our partners at the PNW BOCES Center for Environmental Education, SCI21, the Northwest Earth Institute, and the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living is inviting educators, curriculum developers, parents, students, librarians, community groups, researchers, local officials, and other interested parties to learn together and chart a path forward.

This gathering was geared toward integrating Drawdown solutions into 3 areas: community/cross-sector educational and organizing efforts, K-12 education, and higher education. Time was provided for breakout groups to discuss key linkages to the new science standards (K-12) and explore how Drawdown can be more fully integrated into K-16 education, youth leadership, community-based projects, and municipal and civic engagement. There were opportunities for cross pollination between the groups.

This 3-day collaborative event began on Friday evening with an in-depth overview of Project Drawdown by executive director Paul Hawken and his team, and continued with interactive sessions throughout the weekend.
Intended outcomes for the October 2018 Drawdown Learn event in Rhinebeck, NY:

  1. Create a shared understanding of what Project Drawdown is: the math, science, and models used and the movement that has emerged around it, so that a solutions-based approach to climate change becomes part of mainstream discourse and education.
  2. Demonstrate that the solutions for reversing global warming are clear and tangible, and that they can be worked on in our communities, homes, and schools. This event will include resources, ideas, and options for practical next steps that can be taken directly after the gathering.
  3. Explore avenues to get Drawdown information into the hands and minds of young people so they can both participate in and lead necessary action and innovation.
  4. Provide an opportunity for schools and communities to begin or deepen relationships, collaboration, and mutual support toward learning and implementing Drawdown solutions.


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