This Program is a response to the urgent climate crisis we face which threatens human and ecosystem 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 goNewHavengo, 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 implementing the New Haven Climate and Sustainability Framework (passed in 2018) with the City, and advocates for strong greenhouse gas emission reductions at the State level.
Other 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.
Living Yard Project : A new resource and campaign to encourage residents to move away from energy and chemical intensive lawns to native perennials and trees that create local habitat and serve as carbon sinks.
Climate Health Education Project: This site contains numerous climate education resources invite educators to include climate action and education in their regular classes. We also have seven student interns working in seven area high schools promoting climate education and action.
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.
NHLSCP climate change work generously supported by grants from PATAGONIA and the Greater New Haven Green Fund.