National Extension Climate Initiative
Extension professionals working together to address climate change
Help to facilitate internal and external communications; Connect and partner with existing climate communication experts; Investigate strategies to integrate Extension communications with new stakeholders.
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Coordinate the development of existing and new climate-based curricular materials; Investigate the restructuring of traditional Extension programming around new areas more relevant to today’s issues and populations; Work with partners like Federal level employees, USDA Climate Hubs, etc. to develop and promote new materials (ex. national youth climate stewards curriculum); Work to develop community programs on energy literacy, green workforce development, volunteer corps, etc.
Investigate strategies to engage with marginalized populations to address meaningful and impactful change; Work with other committees on developing resources to educate about and empower allyship in Extension climate justice work; Investigate strategies for shifting away from information exchange and harness knowledge of different world views to build relationships engaging diverse knowledge forms as the foundation for driving action.
Inventory, design and/or implement professional development trainings for everyone in Extension; Design national Climate Change professional development certification course; Implement regional conferences/meetings between USDA Climate Hubs and state Extension employees; Enable and grow citizen/community science/climate corps; Engage more Extension personnel, rural communities, and all disciplines in disaster preparedness.
Identify, strengthen, and develop new relationships, partnerships, and pathways to leverage and grow current work on climate change; Facilitate compensation of expertise; encourage land grant universities/administration to support climate programming by identifying or designating state-level Extension specialists/faculty points of contact; Improve willingness to act throughout the system.
Develop a unified tool/set of indicators to measure/assess climate progress and impacts and increase accountability of Extension programs and leaders; Conduct national needs assessment of what major stakeholders need to know with regards to climate change.