About Climate Summer
Climate Summer is a summer internship program for college students, graduate students, and recent graduates. Climate Summer riders travel exclusively by bicycle in small teams across New England, spending approximately one week in a community before biking on to the next. While in each town, riders connect with community leaders who are actively addressing society’s addiction to fossil fuels. Our community partners are fighting new fossil fuel infrastructure and crafting local solutions that strengthen communities. Riders bring with them a movement-building perspective, sharing skills with and learning from those they meet and helping to highlight the important work of local organizations in the media and through our own social media work. Tentative Program Dates for 2014: June 7-August 17.
About Better Future Project
In 2011, Climate Summer became the founding program of Better Future Project. We are working to build a powerful grassroots movement to rapidly shift society beyond coal, oil, and gas, toward a future in which we meet our energy needs without contributing to climate change, oppression or human suffering.
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The Sustainable Markets Foundation is our fiscal sponsor and accepts all donations on our behalf. Fiscal sponsorship is a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) public charity sponsors another organization that has not yet secured tax exempt status. Many small and start-up nonprofit groups use this option. Better Future Project is in the process of applying for tax exempt status. In the meantime, grants and tax-deductible donations are processed under The Sustainable Markets Foundation’s exempt status. For more information on Better Future Project, please visit www.betterfutureproject.org.
Learn about our Climate Summer Staff Team HERE
What to Expect
It’s REALLY difficult to offer a complete picture of the Climate Summer experience to prospective riders. At the close of our fifth program year, we’re glad to offer a snapshot from Alex Hogan of the 2013 Western Massachusetts team:
To future riders:
If you have chosen to be a part of Climate Summer, you’re in store for lots of fun and growth and learning. After finishing a few weeks of training in skills such as organizing, leadership, building relationships, building movements, team building and more, you will start your big adventure. Your team will travel exclusively by bicycle from town to town for the next 7 weeks to spread education and awareness about different environmental issues. You should expect 1-3 days of riding (usually not more than 50 miles per day) followed by about a week in each town. During that week, you will spend your time connecting with the community through different organizations and hosting your very own events to build understanding about your campaign in the community. You will be out of your comfort zone a good amount, and it’s up to you to make that a positive experience. With a team of people there to help you at all times, it’s not hard. You will find yourself saying things like, “I’ll eat that” and “I’ll sleep there” – embrace it. It will be trying at times, but I also found that I felt I was doing the most important thing I could possibly be doing every single day, and that’s one of the most rewarding feelings you can have.
About the Teams
Check out the 2013 Climate Summer teams in the Team Pages tab where you will find their schedules, as well as profile statements and photos for each team member:
- Eastern Massachusetts Team (natural gas pipelines)
- Western Massachusetts Team (fracking)
- Vermont/New Hampshire Team (tar sands + a week on coal)
- Maine Team (tar sands + a week on coal)
Those notes about fossil fuels reflect a new development in the movement and our model. This summer, each team is working to support local campaigns to build a better future beyond fossil fuels, and those notes describe the general focus of each of those efforts. We are excited to be part of a movement that is pushing to shut down the deadly energy infrastructure that gets in the way of building a better future, and we are excited to announce that all four teams will finish the summer supporting the effort to get Cape Wind built.
Be sure to check out our teams from other years as well:
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