In the Toolkit --

Introduction

  • Guide to the Toolkit
  • Leagues in Action
  • I. Choosing a Role for Your League

    II. Grassroots Action Priorities

  • Climate Action
  • Price on Carbon
  • Our Children's Trust
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Renewable Energy
  • Adapting to Climate Change
  • III. Basics of Climate Change

    IV. Engaging Individuals

  • Communicating About Climate Change
  • Preparing for a Meeting on Climate Change
  • Engaging Groups in Your Community
  • V. Promoting Public Policy

  • Community Action Models
  • Organizing For Community Action
  • Tips for Building Grassroots Support
  • League Action on Climate Change
  • International Action
  • VI. Resources

    ORGANIZING FOR COMMUNITY ACTION

    Recruiting Community Partners

    Aim for as broad-based a group of partners as possible. Climate change affects everyone in the community, and everyone in the community has a role to play in meeting this challenge. Depending on your community, key interest groups and perspectives might include:

    Contact each potential partner personally. Outline your proposal: (1) Climate change is a serious threat that affects us all. (2) There are important actions that we as individuals and a community can take to help curb global warming. (3) Would you be interested in attending a meeting to help decide how we might work together to reduce our community's contribution to climate change?

    Developing a Realistic Goal

    Bring your potential community partners together to discuss concrete ways in which you might collaborate to reduce your community's carbon footprint. (This will likely take more than one meeting.)

    Kicking Off the Campaign

    Once you and your community partners have established a goal and developed a set of strategies to accomplish your objectives, it's time to organize a kick-off meeting. Publicize the meeting widely to attract individuals who do not belong to one of the organizing groups but who want to get involved in fighting climate change.

    Identify the types of activities needed to implement the various strategies and appoint a task force chair/co-chair for each. Use a portion of your kick-off event to break into task force groups and give those in attendance a chance to choose a task force, network with others with similar interests, and decide on next steps.

    Making It Happen

    As your campaign moves forward, a steering committee of community partners will continue to provide coordination and oversight while the various committees carry out the tasks needed to achieve your goal. (See Tips for Building Grassroots Support for details about campaign tactics such as Reaching the Public, Lobbying Effectively, and Working with the Media.)

    Celebrating Successes

    Create opportunities outside of committee meetings for those working on the campaign to share experiences and get better acquainted. Organize a potluck supper or a pizza party, perhaps when a phase of the campaign concludes successfully. Use this and every other opportunity to thank those who are contributing to the success of the campaign -- and to the fight against global warming.