Through this blog, Isabel Falls, a Sociology and Environmental Studies major at Tufts University, will provide her experience and perspective about the Climate Organizing Summer Program. She is excited to be a part of this program because it enables her to continue to learn about the intersections between human rights and environmental changes.
WEEK 1-- After a week of campaign case studies, dips in the lake, endless card games, and nights around the bonfire, the ten Better Future Project (BFP) fellows found ourselves in Harvard Square for our first week of work. We found it strange, yet exciting, to be back together, talking about campaigns and social issues, after initially meeting at Camp Wilmot in New Hampshire. During this week long training away from the hustle and bustle of city life, we sang, we discussed, and we bonded like no other group I’d ever been a part of. While our trainings ranged from talking about group intentions to learning about movement theory, a few highlights included discussions led by Craig Altemose, the co-founder and Executive Director of Better Future Project, the structure of movements, the tools necessary to create an effective campaign, and the process of creating realistic and attainable goals.
One of the most important trainings revolved around our own self-interests. At Camp Wilmot, we dedicated significant time to discussing our individual interests and how we feel personally connected to the climate justice movement. These discussions not only brought us closer, but they helped frame our campaign, ensuring that our messaging speaks to everyone. By distancing ourselves from the distractions of technology, we became more present in our discussions and were able to form the connections we needed to create a supportive and encouraging community for the rest of the summer.
We hope you continue to follow our journey over the next few months as we highlight what we learn, our relationship with Better Future Project, and the impact of the program. If you are interested, we encourage you to learn more about our campaign by clicking here.