Climate Summer is a leadership development program for young adults who learn by doing. Participants engage communities across New England as educators, activists, and organizers as they travel exclusively by bicycle, calling for action on climate change and fossil fuels in communities across the region.
Climate Summer riders work in small teams, connecting with, learning from, and supporting community leaders who are actively addressing society’s addiction to fossil fuels by crafting local solutions that strengthen communities. Riders bring with them a movement-building perspective, empowering those they meet and helping to highlight the important work of partner organizations by attracting local media attention and generating social media content.
Check out the State of the Movement Report compiled by the 2011 riders.
Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity, and fossil fuels independently are responsible for thousands upon thousands of deaths. Society has failed to meaningfully address the harms of fossil fuels – coal, oil, and natural gas – because the fossil fuel industry has blocked our collective progress. We believe the only way we can overcome this inertia is through a potent social movement that is not afraid to challenge the fossil fuel industry and its deadly profit model directly. We seek to work with all those who share both our concerns about this deadly energy industry and our hopes for a better future. Join us by riding or hosting riders in your community today!