The Climate Change Program is a response to the urgent crisis created by increasing greenhouse gas emissions to human well-being in Nicaragua and New Haven. This project educates the public and elected leaders about specific threats climate change presents to food security, local ecosystems and economic stability, and advocates for policies and actions that cut carbon emissions and improve local public health. The Program includes work with the New Haven Healthy City/Healthy Climate Challenge and the New Haven Climate Movement and other efforts.
New Haven Climate Movement
The New Haven Climate Movement organizes public actions and events calling for action on the climate emergency, is working towards updating the New Haven climate action plan with the City, and advocates for strong greenhouse gas emission reductions at the State level. Members include representatives of CT Fund for Environment, Fossil Free Yale, Yale Climate Action Network, The Climate Mobilization and others.
Carbon Emissions Reduction Initiatives
NHLSCP is working to initiative collaborative projects (with interns, volunteers, other organizations) that will reduce carbon emissions, create jobs and improve public health. They include:
goNewHavengo: brings together organizations and individuals to promote greater use of alternative transportation options. A new resource promoting car free living – Live! Car Free! – was just created.
Elm Energy Efficiency Project: A Resource for Tenants and Landlords. Did you know that the average building wastes around a third of the energy it consumes? This new website is designed for landlords and tenants to gain knowledge and information about energy efficiency options and other green actions for renters in the state of Connecticut.
Clean Energy Summer 2017: The Clean Energy Summer Campaign is a partnership between the New Haven Climate Movement (NHCM), NHLSCP and the City of New Haven to: Celebrate new solar arrays being installed on schools throughout the city this summer; Support the growing movement by families and businesses to switch to clean energy; Educate residents about the links between clean energy choices and local job creation, neighborhood improvement, and public health.
We are also working with partners on passing an anti-idling ordinance in New Haven, and to initiate a Climate Health and Energy Week in spring 2018.
Climate Arts Collective
Uses social marketing and public art to promote awareness of the threat of climate change and encourage action. The Collective is a group of volunteer artists and others working to create new projects to engage the public. The creation of public art is an important vehicle to encourage people — many of whom are discouraged or un-informed — to take concrete action that promotes sustainability and health. In 2015 the group created the Planetary Boundaries banner project involving 10 different local organizations, on-line videos calling people to action, and constructed a 60ft fossil fuel parade dragon used ongoing in local and state-wide climate marches.