ECA proudly presents The Climate Activist Toolkit, a 3-part summer workshop series designed to build our strengths as climate advocates. These facilitated workshops will cover a range of topics including Tools for Meeting with Elected Officials, The Power of Personal Stories, and Communicating for Climate Action. We’ll dive into helpful skills, tools and strategies relevant to our members working at local, state, and federal levels. Participants will engage in small-group work (via Zoom breakout rooms) to discuss personal strategies and ideas, practice skills through role play, and plan how to engage in actions. Together we’ll learn, prepare to take action, meet new ECA folks, and have fun. For the full experience, we encourage live, online participation for these workshops, however anyone who registers will receive the recordings.
ECA is proud to offer our workshops for free, with a suggested donation of $25.00 for the series. ECA relies on your contributions to continue to provide climate-related programming directly to elders. There’s an option to donate when you register, and consider making it a monthly gift!
July 28, August 11, August 25
6:00 – 7:30 PM (ET) | 3:00 – 4:30 PM (PT)
Tools for Meeting with Elected Officials
Do you know how to find and contact elected officials? Would you like to know how to set up or attend a meeting with an elected official? Are you wondering what a standard meeting might look like? Do you want to build personal confidence in speaking about the climate emergency with those in seats of power? This workshop will provide tools and resources that will help you know what to anticipate and engage more comfortably with elected officials. Participants will use breakout rooms to strategize and role play.
The Power of Our Personal Stories
Each of us has a climate story to tell. Our stories of our fears, experiences, and hopes carry power and can be used to build connections and foster understanding of the coming impacts of climate change and the rate at which the threat is increasing. We make meaning of our climate activism through stories—and we help to guide and inspire others to take action. Our stories are among our most effective tools for our work to ensure current and future generations a livable and thriving world. In this workshop we will focus on storytelling strategies, and learn how to use these stories within our climate advocacy work and when engaging with elected officials.
Communicating for Climate Action
There is broad scientific consensus about climate change. But many members of the public remain confused or uninformed about the severity of the situation. Some are paralyzed by fear. Others are blissfully ignorant. What are the best ways of communicating climate change to a variety of audiences? Should we tell stories? Make documentaries? Dramatize the science? In this workshop participants will explore communication strategies and learn about the most effective methods being used to communicate about the climate crisis.