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Calling All Environmental Leaders!

3 months ago | May 28, 2017
By: Rachel Myslivy, Program Director
Let’s face it.  We’ve all got issues.  At the Climate + Energy Project, we’ve historically focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency.  Lately, we’ve expanded our work to include climate resilience and health equity.  Still, we know that there’s so much work to do to preserve our natural resources and move toward a cleaner, healthier, brighter future in Kansas.  I’m reminded of the words of Dorothy Day, who said:
People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions.  Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.

It can be overwhelming, but we know that we don’t have to do it all.  We have great partners doing impressive work in Kansas. While we recognize the good work, we know there’s always room for improvement.  That’s why we invest in the leadership development of our staff, but also our peers in other organizations.
Our efforts to expand environmental leadership opportunities started in 2016 when we received a Transformation Leadership Grant from the Kansas Leadership Center (read an update and reflections on the experience by the attendees.).  

That grant allowed us to send 30 people to the KLC for a three-day leadership experience.  We chose to share this grant with our partners doing environmental work in Kansas.  Why in the world would we do that?  Well, we figure that we all do better, when we all do better!  

Since then, we’ve hoped to create a vibrant network of environmental leaders who could work together to practice leadership, coaching, and peer support to find practical solutions that work in Kansas.  
 
While we continue to pursue funding opportunities to support this work (let me know if you have ideas or money burning a hole in your pocket!), there are things we can do now to better support each other and amplify the impacts of our work.  To that end, we’re exploring ways to build this network on a smaller, low/no budget scale.  Sound good?  Let me know if you’re interested.
 


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  1. Tareq Fakhri Fadeel Mukbel's avatar Tareq Fakhri Fadeel Mukbel

    We are the basis of any civilized process. So far, We participate in building the civilization of the cosmic-era, and we bear our responsibilities in it (especially the cultural ones) positively and successfully deal with its data.

    I think we have to go back and follow our ancestors and try to get from their experience in this case. And am sure that we will find many answers about all questions will found in order to solve all problems in the climate changes.

    #1 – 11 June, 2017 at 6:50 am

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