WELCOME TO ALBERTA CLIMATE CONNECT
Launched in the fall of 2017, Alberta Climate Connect (ACC) is a province-wide network of organizations and citizens dedicated to increasing climate literacy and action in the province. Together we’re working to mobilize Albertans on climate change action that reduces emissions, adapts to changing ecosystems, and builds resilience in Alberta communities.
We believe that meaningful climate solutions must address a range of social, economic and environmental concerns and incorporate a range of knowledge and approaches, including equity. So we aim to bring a diverse cohort of leaders and organizations from all sectors of society – nonprofits, businesses, and government – to work on these challenges together. ACC aims to provide a high impact learning and networking experience for people who are interested in engaging Albertans to take meaningful action on climate change.
If you would like to participate in this network we encourage you to join the learning community using the link below, and to also review the two high impact training and engagement offerings we are currently helping deliver in the Climate Leadership Program and the Alberta Narratives Project.
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JOIN OUR ONLINE LEARNING COMMUNITY
Interested in participating in Alberta Climate Connect? If you would like to join an exciting new network of organizations intent on learning more about the issues and mobilizing their members on climate action then sign up on our Mobilize page using the button below. Our Mobilize platform will serve as the online resource hub and communications centre for the project and is your gateway to connecting with others in the province working on climate change.
If you would like to speak to us directly, you can also message our team at Alberta Ecotrust using our contact form or by calling 1.800.465.2147.
ALBERTA NARRATIVES PROJECT
The Alberta Narratives Project (ANP) is a new approach to public engagement research that will build research skills and better energy-climate communications in Alberta. Our goal is to create a set of energy-climate narratives based on the unique culture, values and identities of Albertans, and to uncover language and messages that can effectively engage a wider spectrum of audiences.
Unlike other methods, the ANP is a collaborative social research model that will train individuals to conduct professional qualitative research and support them to incorporate the findings into their communications’ programs.
A key focus of this community-based initiative is openness and the inclusion of a diversity of Albertans. We are seeking the involvement of a spectrum of organizations and individuals from business, energy, civil society, Indigenous communities, education, faith, youth, government, agriculture and people whose lives are invested in fossil fuels.
Climate communications specialist George Marshall and the organization he co-founded, Climate Outreach, will lead this work. George’s work spans the political spectrum and seeks to break down boundaries of culture, class and politics to find values and language we all share.
Interested parties who would like to participate in this unique opportunity are encouraged to apply by noon on February 14th. For more information about applying, and the commitment required, please review the Call for Research Collaborators.CALL FOR RESEARCH COLLABORATORS
Noon, Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
This is a community-based initiative made possible through a growing list of supporters including: Alberta Ecotrust, Canada West Foundation, P&C Carlson, City of Calgary, Pembina Institute, Telus Spark, University of Calgary and University of Alberta.
NEXT UP CLIMATE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
On behalf of Next Up, we are so excited to share their long-awaited second iteration of the Alberta-based Climate Leadership Program (CLP)!
Alberta Ecotrust supported the first ever CLP cohort in 2016 and we’re ecstatic that we can support Next Up again this year through our Grant Program and as a project partner of Alberta Climate Connect.
The CLP builds the capacity of Albertans who are on leadership pathways in communities and organizations that do not necessarily have climate change as their core focus, to drive diverse and collaborative climate change action forward.
Throughout the program, cohort members will explore current and future climate impacts, relevant action strategies and frameworks, and the critical role that Canada and Alberta need to play to avert climate catastrophe. Over the course of the CLP, participants will learn how to support and lead action on climate change in Alberta, from within their communities, organizations and across sectors. They will also work and network with resource people, experts, past CLP grads and other community leaders who are developing and leading climate action in Alberta.
In order to make the program as rich as possible, the CLP is looking for 20+ Albertans, 25 or older, with 3 or more years on a leadership path in their organizations or communities. In particular CLP is seeking Albertans who identify as members of equity seeking communities that include low income, queer, indigenous, newcomers, disabled, people of colour, faith groups and many others. If you work in sectors such as education, health care, business, First Nations, grassroots communities, government, finance, labour, energy, cooperatives, rural areas, or not-for-profits that focus on newcomers, you will greatly benefit from participating.
The CLP will run over five weekend retreats, between early March and late June taking you to Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary and Kananaskis Country!
If this sounds like you or someone you know, please share and encourage them to apply by February 5, 2018.