Saturday, September 13, 2014

Climate Change March, Sept. 21, 2014

What issue has the most potential to unite people from around the world to fight against inequality? Climate Change. I encourage you to view this film, then plan to share it with youth and volunteers in your tutor/mentor programs. While we all seek ways to inspire youth to learn, many realize we need to provide a reason to learn and engage with others. Building in a "climate change" study/activism group within a tutor/mentor program could offer many longterm benefits to youth and volunteers, and to the larger community.

What I like about this video is how it shows that climate change is an issue that unites many different movements, such as income inequity, social justice, poverty reduction, jobs creation, political inequity, health disparities, etc. It also reflects a long-term vision and understands how difficult it is to recruit and retain deep involvement of millions of people, over many decades of work. I understand this from my own efforts to engage people who don't live in poverty, including my own family, college classmates, and hometown friends, in my own efforts to help build systems of support for inner city youth.

I host a Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference every six months. The next is November 7, 2014 in Chicago. I invite someone involved with the climate change movement to organize a workshop sharing ideas for ways the ideas in this video could become organized activities within many tutor/mentor and non-school learning programs in Chicago and other cities. To present a workshop, fill out the form on this page.

Learn more about the Climate Change March, and this movement at

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