“The times we will be facing are going to require us to recognize that the most important thing around us is community.”
— Christine Nieves Rodriguez, Writer, Activist, and Leader
After 25 days of themed Project Green Challenges, we’re ready to dive into a new phase for this final week — of synthesis, of reflection, of implementation. Each day will have a big picture idea, and ask you to complete associated tasks and deliverables (similar to what you have been mastering all month!), as you ideate, innovate and conceptualize projects.
Today, we are focusing on community and connection, because one of the key ways to navigate life’s challenges is with a strong community and support network. Research proves that when we share our work, emotions, struggles and triumphs with each other, we are better able to not only cope with challenges, but actually foster resilience, connection, learning, and growth.
And let’s face it — activism can be exhausting. In fact, 4 out of 5 activists report facing burnout and being overtaxed. We get it! These heavy issues and massive scale of need can feel overwhelming, so let’s lean on each other.
Community building not only benefits you personally in the short and long term, but also leads to better, sustainable, more impactful overall movements. When we come together, we bring a wide array of diverse perspectives and lived experiences, which propel us to innovate and develop new and better ways of doing and being. Look at movements throughout history. The Civil Rights Movement, Earth Day, and the Environmental Justice Movement all began because people stood up against injustice to demand change. The movements of today, including School Strikes for Climate, initiated by climate activist Greta Thunberg, have mobilized massive numbers of students and the greater public. Millions of young people marched for Black Lives Matter in the United States and around the globe last year alone and ongoing, raising our voices and standing up against police brutality, systemic racism and rampant environmental injustice. Led by brave, powerful students, March for Our Lives continues to work to end gun violence. What do all of these social movements have in common? Massive community support, with bold young leaders out front.
Through Project Green Challenge, we seek to not only empower with information, but also to introduce you to diverse community members, activists, leaders, academics, business pioneers, artists, speakers, you name it — to prompt you to engage more deeply with like-minded peers, experts and others propelling positive change locally and globally. Inspired people inspire people!
Wisdom and inspiration can come from anywhere. There are surely like-minded people, digital networks, clubs, and organizations on your campus and in your neighborhood or spheres. Interacting with one that is centered around a shared area of interest is a great way to build a natural community, feel inspired and supported, learn together, and progress toward mutual goals.
Find and foster connection starting at your school or in your town.
Look across campus and community landscapes to identify sustainability, environmental, conservation, and/or justice themed groups, whether formal organizations, clubs or looser gatherings
Commit to at least one action to connect with local like-minded work, whether attending a meeting or info session, signing up to be a volunteer, going to a training, or the like. Write it down!
Post about it on social media tagging @TurningGreenOrg, #PGC2021, and the organization / group to spread the word, inspire others, and hold yourself accountable!
Upload your responses in a PDF document, as well as a screenshot of your social media post. Include your name (or team name), username, and school.
Think about all you have learned over the past month and the many leaders focused on climate change and environmental and social justice. Who is a person or member of an organization anywhere in the world that you would love to get to know?
Choose one environmental leader that you discovered through PGC that you want to share with the world.
Upload the link to your slideshow or your photo essay in a PDF document, and a screenshot of your social media post. Include your name (or team name), username, and school.
For the month of October, you’ve been on this PGC journey with other participants from across the US and world. We now invite you to get to know someone whose work has inspired you more deeply. Leaders like you possess the power to effect change and empower others to work toward the healthy, just future of which we dream!
Reach out to a fellow participant who you do not know, so you can make a new friend. Ask questions that will allow you to get to know them. Find them via our Instagram regrams, @TurningGreenOrg tags or the #PGC2021 hashtag; feel free to DM us if you need help finding a partner or reaching out.
Write a short, insightful, inspiring profile post about your fellow PGC participant. Be sure to include their name, photo, hometown, school, and at least 3 things you learned. Reference your favorite quotes from the conversation, and include at least one of their PGC submissions that inspired you. You can pull from their social media account or get it directly from them. We will select two submissions to publish on the Turning Green blog.
Post a portion or all of the profile with a photo on Instagram, tagging @TurningGreenOrg and #PGC2021. We can’t wait to see how you further inspire each other and us!
Upload your responses in a PDF document, and a screenshot of your social media post. Include your name (or team name), username, and school.
Up to 10 Greener and 10 Greenest outstanding submissions will be selected as winners.
Each winner will receive: