Become a Somerville Climate Forward Ambassador!

Somerville Climate Ambassadors

  • Have you been hearing about climate change in the news and wondering what can be done about it?
  • Do you find climate change too complex or intimidating to talk about?
  • Are you curious about what is happening in Somerville to address climate change and how you could play a meaningful role?
  • Do you want to get more involved in your community and join a group of Somerville residents who are working on climate action together?

If you’re looking for an opportunity to learn something new, get more involved in your community, become a local leader, or meet new people, consider applying to become a Climate Forward Ambassador.

The Somerville Office of Sustainability and Environment’s (OSE) Climate Forward Ambassador program started in the spring of 2019 and is designed to educate a diverse group of Somerville residents about climate change. The goal is to increase the Somerville community’s capacity to engage in climate action. You don’t need any prior knowledge about climate change to participate—in fact, the ideal group will have a range of knowledge on this topic.

The Climate Forward Ambassador Program

Up to 30 participants will be selected by OSE to train as ambassadors. The group will meet with OSE staff five times between February and May to learn together about climate change, including what is happening globally and locally in Somerville and what can be done about it. Each evening meeting will include a presentation and group discussion on a specific topic. The program will wrap up with a public celebration where the ambassadors will briefly share topics and projects of their choosing. Ambassadors do not need any prior knowledge about climate change to participate—in fact, the ideal group will have a range of expertise and knowledge on the topic.

Following their participation in the program, ambassadors will be better equipped to (a) engage in discussions and decisions about climate change, (b) know how to assess the importance and impact of various climate actions within the city, (c) engage in City-led climate programs and projects, and (d) inspire, motivate and encourage other residents to take action.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Somerville Climate Forward (Somerville’s climate action plan)
  • Global climate change science and policy
  • The task of becoming carbon neutral in Somerville
  • Local impacts of climate change and how to prepare for a changing climate
  • Communicating climate change
  • Equity and climate justice

“I feel much more empowered to take action now, plus I feel more connected to the community.” - 2019 Climate Forward Ambassador

Schedule

  • Meetings will take place at the Visiting Nursing Association’s Community Room (259 Lowell St) on Thursdays from 6:00-8:30 p.m., on the following dates: February 13, March 5, March 26, April 16, May 7
  • Program participants will share their projects with the public at a celebration at the end of the program on the evening of May 28 (location TBD).

Participants are expected to:

  • Participate in the full process: all five meetings and the final public celebration
  • Engage in respectful group conversations.
  • Do 30 minutes or less of homework between meetings.
  • Do one small project of their choosing in Somerville related to climate change. This could be holding a small group discussion with neighbors, doing an art project, writing a blog post, engaging in volunteer work, or any other related project.
  • Share their project and participate in the public celebration.

Why should you apply?

The City of Somerville is working hard to prepare for climate change, but resident actions matter too. Developing a better understanding of climate change and learning what actions you can take individually, and inspire collectively, will prepare you to be a community leader. We can all contribute to the goal of building a safer, healthier, more sustainable Somerville.

Applying

  • Applications are due January 17, 2020. To apply, please fill out this application form.
  • Somerville residents high school age or older are invited to apply.

Questions?

Contact Hannah Payne, Somerville Sustainability Coordinator, at 617-625-660 ext. 2422 or [email protected]