“Do not look the other way; do not hesitate. Recognize that the world is hungry for action, not words. Act with courage and vision.”
— Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist
Imagine dropping a tiny pebble into a still pond. What happens? That one small drop sets off a series of ripples that grow larger and larger, emanating outward until they span the entire pond. YOU are that pebble. You can have that kind of impact simply by standing up, speaking out, and living a life that aligns with your values, as you have learned throughout Project Green Challenge.
Throughout this month, you’ve seen how every action has both positive and negative impacts that reach far beyond an original or intended purpose. Consider the transition in your own life since the start of PGC through curious exploration, in-depth education, intentional choice, and mindful action. How have you transformed? Who have you inspired? What have you learned about your inner power as a changemaker? How have you guided shifts in your community?
With dedication, intention, and passion for people and planet, YOU, one person, fueled specific and widespread change.
Now it’s time to apply for the PGC 2021 Finals. To be considered, you MUST be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, participate in the next three challenge days, and submit a Climate Action Project proposal. ALL are encouraged to continue to learn and engage as PGC 2021 participants!
The next step is to take all you have learned and develop a Climate Action Project for relevant, real world, actionable impact.
What is a Climate Action Project?
A Climate Action Project (CAP) is a plan for transformative change that comes to life on your campus and in your community. Take a solutions-based approach to a real world challenge that impacts people, policy and/or planet — and develop an innovative, realistic, high impact project centered around environmental themes that interest and inspire you.
You have been preparing for this all throughout PGC! Think of the challenges where you created a project proposal or investigated practices where you live. How can you effect change in bold ways that build awareness? Use your brilliant minds to think outside of the box!
You must be able to complete the CAP by April 10, 2022. That marker may only be a step towards a larger goal i.e. it need not entail switching to 100% renewable energy on campus by April, but by then, you would write and have a petition signed, create a plan, and organize discussions with school leadership around clean energy goals, etc.
CAPs need measurable outcomes. The exact form is dependent upon the project, but some examples may include the number of participants, pounds of food waste eliminated, miles of travel without fossil fuels, etc.
Identify an area of focus from the following themes: food, waste, water, justice, soil, biodiversity, oceans, urban ecology and energy.
Based on your deliverables, the work that you have accomplished since October 1, your creativity, passion, depth of engagement, number of wins, and points, up to 16 PGC participants will be selected as PGC Finalists to attend the Project Green Challenge Finals from November 18 to 21, 2021 in Marin County, California. Final Climate Action Projects will be due on April 10, 2022 and presented virtually to a panel of judges on April 23 or April 24, 2022. PGC Finalists will be paired with mentorship teams and work together from December until April to build, hone, implement and successfully bring projects to life.
Before you start to develop your CAP idea, take time to reflect on the past 26 days. What themes did you find most inspiring, resonant, and connected to?
Post about it briefly on Instagram with a piece of your work from that day and/or a regram of an infographic or related image. Tag @TurningGreenOrg and #PGC2021.
Upload your responses in a PDF document, and a screenshot of your social media post. Include your name (or team name), username, and school.
Now it’s time to use the tools that you have honed over the past month to enact some change.
Your task is to develop a CAP idea that feeds your passion, to which you want to devote time over the next 5 months to achieve positive impact on your campus and in your community. Perhaps it begins with identifying an unmet need in your community or emergent environmental challenge in a particular area; the more you can refine your thinking, the more effective your solutions will be. It’s time to dream and do!
– Who is the audience you want to reach with this project / who will it serve / benefit?
– What is the need / challenge / problem you seek to address?
– What is the idea you are proposing?
– What is your “why” that sparked passion for this project?
The “why” will inform your sense of purpose moving forward, giving you the longevity to stay the course, influence greater change, and stay. Expand on the “why:”
Draft an outline for this project.
– Think about short and long term goals
– Create a pro and con list to determine if this is a project that can move forward or if adjustments are needed
– Check out the S.M.A.R.T. goals rubric for some structure: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and anchored within a Time Frame
Upload your responses in a PDF document. Include your name (or team name), username, and school.
If you think you can accomplish something, you can! If you think you are a changemaker, you are! If you lead with intention and purpose, your actions will be far-reaching and powerful. Mindsets are everything. We see you as a changemaker, and want you to see yourself as one too!
Continue developing the project you began in the Greener challenge.
Identify the “how,” your mechanism of change.
Who do you need to involve as stakeholders?
This process will help you identify knowledge gaps to ensure you have the people on your team to lead to impactful solutions.
Identify the “what’s next” by pinpointing one to three next steps.
Now that you have a focus and ideas, develop an in-depth proposal for your Climate Action Project. Construct a detailed overview describing how you will implement this idea. Think about an inspiring, innovative, actionable project with concrete, lasting, positive impact that you will love working on for 5 months!
Post a teaser about your CAP plans on Instagram to get friends and followers excited about being the change! Tag @TurningGreenOrg and #PGC2021.
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.
Up to 10 Greener and 10 Greenest outstanding submissions will be selected as winners.
Each Greener Winner will receive: