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Kathi King, Course Instructor and Community Environmental Council Director of Outreach & Education
Community Environmental Council Announces New UC Climate Leadership Course
As President Biden declares climate emergency, Central Coast organization pilots certification course that teaches everyday community members how to take meaningful action in the face of the climate crisis
January 27, 2021 SANTA BARBARA, CA – The Community Environmental Council (CEC) is proud to announce a new certification course, UC Climate Stewards, that will empower locals to take clear action on climate change. The course, offered in coordination with the UC Division of Agriculture and the Natural Resources California Naturalist Program, is part of a statewide effort to build on-the-ground support to advance local and state climate goals.
Led by CEC’s Director of Outreach and Education Kathi King, the course gives participants a deeper understanding of the general psychology and science behind climate change and our individual response to climate impacts. Topics will include earth systems, energy, climate communication, and community service.
The 40+ hour curriculum is currently 100% virtual, and includes online modules, presentations, peer-to-peer discussion, small group activities, hands-on and inquiry-based activities, and experiential learning over a six-week period. Participants will also gain insight into how they can take part in the transformative work CEC and other groups are doing on the Central Coast to address and alleviate climate impacts.
To jumpstart the new course, CEC is gathering a 15-person pilot group that will meet February – April. CEC will then open the course up to the public in summer of 2021, with a plan to hold two or three sessions per year moving forward. Once in-person learning can resume, a weekly in-person meeting to supplement the online learning modules will be held at CEC’s new offices, located at 1219 State St.
“Ultimately, our goal is for participants to go on to become climate volunteers, policy advocates, and participant scientists, ready to take an active role in our region’s efforts toward community resilience and reduction of pollution,” stated King.
In pace with the sweeping agenda of what President Biden has now declared as a climate emergency, the course is part of a multi-prong effort CEC recently announced to rapidly step up the pace of equitable local climate action.
“This decade is demanding that we, as a community, move at an unprecedented pace to reverse, repair, and protect against climate threats,” stated CEC CEO Sigrid Wright. “The UC Climate Stewards course, which is one component of our larger Climate Leadership Program, will help build the broad, boots-on-the-ground base of activism that is absolutely essential to combat the climate crisis.”
Learn more about the UC Climate Stewards program at climatestewards.cecsb.org.
About the Community Environmental Council (CEC)
Recognized as a 2020 California Nonprofit of the Year and 2020 City of Santa Barbara Climate Hero, CEC has worked since 1970 to incubate and innovate real life environmental solutions that directly affect the California Central Coast. Our current work advances rapid and equitable solutions to the climate crisis – including ambitious zero carbon goals, drawdown of excess carbon, and protection against the impacts of climate change. Our programs lead to clean vehicles, solar energy, resilient food systems and reduction of single-use plastic. Learn more about why CEC is one of only five nonprofits in Santa Barbara County to have the highest possible ratings on Charity Navigator and Guidestar at CECSB.org/impact. Find CEC on the web at CECSB.org and on Facebook.com/CECSB, Instagram.com/CEC_SB, Twitter.com/CECSB, and LinkedIn.com/CECSB.