It’s that time of year again! On Wednesday, the 2013 Climate Summer Team Leaders make their way to beautiful Camp Wilmot for training, and this Friday, the rest of the crew joins us there. There are so many reasons to be excited about the program in 2013:
- 24 AMAZING young adults have committed their summer to living their values, traveling exclusively by bicycle with no support vehicles, and learning from/working with communities across New England to keep building a better future beyond fossil fuels.
- Better Future Project has added staff and programming since last summer, and Climate Summer staff are able to leverage much of this added capacity to support the riders (and to enable the riders to support those programs), and several Climate Summer alums are headed to training to help prepare the newest riders for a transformational summer.
- People all over the region are using the power we’ve been building together in recent years! From campaigns to oppose a Tar Sands pipeline and other fossil-fuel infrastructure projects across Northern New England, to efforts to shut down coal for good in Central new England, to a variety of campaigns focused on challenging the myth that natural gas is a no-brainer transition fuel, to the final push to get the nation’s first off-shore wind farm built… it’s an exciting time to be a climate champion in New England!
- We’re headed back to Camp Wilmot (and then on to Pawtucket Congregational Church in Lowell, MA) for training.
Many people are looking forward to the arrival of “their” team. We’ll be announcing 2013 team composition by June 13 (complete with photos and bios). We’ll be sending a team to Vermont/New Hampshire, one to Maine, and two to Massachusetts. Because we are focused on fossil fuel campaign work this summer, we decided to create larger teams, and we made the tough decision to not send a team to Rhode Island/Connecticut (because there isn’t as much statewide energy in these places at the moment for working on campaigns to challenge fossil fuel infrastructure. We are committed to returning to Rhode Island and Connecticut in future years).
Our blog will reactivate by June 21st, and teams will hit the road on June 24th!