Climate Stewards Volunteer Program

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Information about the training in fall 2011
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Materials for students in the class

Materials from 2011 Regional Climate Change Volunteer Summit

It is time to come together to solve the problem of climate change. If you are interested in learning more about climate change and doing something about it, then please become a Climate Steward. You can apply now by contacting Susan Wood (see contact information below).

WHAT DO THE CLIMATE STEWARD VOLUNTEERS DO?

Climate Stewards receive 22 hours of FREE professional training:

  • Become familiar with the science of climate change, impacts of global warming and actions that reduce global warming pollution.
  • Hear from experts on a variety of topics and issues.
  • Meet new friends and join a community of concerned citizens - be a part of the solution.

In exchange, participants return at least 22 hours of volunteer service over the next eight months:

  • Develop and implement outreach projects in your community with training and support.
  • Participate in meaningful community projects that promote energy conservation and other strategies to reduce global warming emissions.
  • Volunteer projects are geared toward the interests of the participant.

Training in fall 2011: Five consecutive Thursdays from October 6-November 3, 5:30-8:30pm with one Saturday field trip, October 22.

The training will be conducted at the Padilla Bay Reserve
10441 Bay view-Edison Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

To get on the mailing list please contact:

Susan Wood
Padilla Bay Reserve
360-428-1066
www.padillabay.gov


Becoming a Climate Steward
by Ed Gastellum, Climate Steward

As a board member of the Padilla Bay Foundation for a number of years, I have observed many of the programs and classes offered at Padilla Bay. I've been especially impressed with the WSU Beach Watcher's Program. When the concept of the similar Climate Stewards came up three months ago, I saw an opportunity that I wanted to pursue. Climate Stewards educate their community about climate change and how we can make a difference individually and collectively in reducing our carbon footprint. Through this program, I learned that we can make a big difference by altering how we use (and conserve) energy at home.

The training was a cooperative effort of the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Padilla Bay Foundation, Northwest Clean Air Agency, and WSU Beach Watchers. State and local experts presented material about home energy use, sea level rise, weather patterns, and the effects and impacts on various environments in our region. We learned about specific greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, water vapor, methane, halocarbons, and ozone. A very compelling case was presented about greenhouse gas origins and the chain of events that they cause.

The objective of Climate Stewards was to provide us with both information about climate change, and the tools to reduce our own carbon footprint at home and work. Stewards also go out to their community to talk about climate change or to partner with other groups to educate the public.

My wife, Carolyn, and I both completed Climate Stewards training and have already been busy with education and outreach projects in Skagit County. We would recommend this course to others who might be interested in attending the next session.

At this time of renewal and hope in our country and the challenge that the president has given us, we think about what we can do collectively to improve our local environment and communities. We need to change how we live by making daily decisions about what we do, how we live our lives, and how we can make a difference for the future.

Ed and Carolyn Gastellum are enthusiastic community volunteers and Foundation members.


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