Climate Action Now

Leadership and Action

In fall 2015, the Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL) initiated a Climate Action Now (CAN) leadership program at the University of Southern Maine (USM) in Portland, Maine with eleven (11) Maine colleges participating. Since then, we have conducted numerous climate action education programs. In 2017, CELL is setting sail on a low-carbon sailboat heading down the east coast from Maine to Florida conducting Climate Action Now (CAN) talks/workshops empowering citizens, college students, non profit organizations, businesses, and community members to take action on their campuses and in their local communities to reduce carbon pollution while developing sensible, sustainable alternatives to burning polluting fossil fuel. Our CAN program addresses the challenges of climate change while focusing on solutions (i.e. what we all can do in taking action to mitigate and adapt to the threats of climate change).

Big Problems, Bigger Solutions.

Climate Change represents the biggest and most defining issue or our time. The solutions, however, are right in front of us. If you are tired of hearing about the problems we face and want to take action and join a community of doers committed to finding sensible solutions to the problems we face, come participate in the CAN program. You are not alone. There are over 16 million college students in the U.S. – many of whom are passionate, creative, tired of feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of the issues we face, and ready to assume leadership roles to make a difference! There are tens of millions of citizens who want to focus on solutions and take action to implement them. Come join with others who are committed to creating solutions to the problems we face. As Helen Caldecott has said, “There is only so much sand in the hourglass; the time for action is now.” Together, we can create a healthy, flourishing, and sustainable future.

Climate Action Now (CAN) Focus

The focus of CAN is on empowering people with the knowledge, skills and motivation needed to take proactive action on their campuses and in their local communities to reduce carbon pollution and commit to sensible renewable energy and other local sustainable practices.  Students, community members, non profits, schools, and businesses collectively represent our future leaders and represent a bright hope for a healthy and flourishing life on planet Earth. If you want to be part of the change, give us a call (207-230-4025) or drop us an e-mail at: We are available to conduct a CAN talk/workshop on your campus or in your community. We look forward to partnering with you!

When and Where

To view a Google Map of our CAN program route, Click this Google Map CAN Program Link. During October 2017, CELL will be sailing from Maine to Florida conducting CAN programs along the way. We welcome the opportunity to meet with your school, college or community group. During January 2018 we will be in the Miami Florida area. The purpose of all CAN programs is to inspire students, community members, and non profit and business leaders to take action to reduce carbon pollution on their campuses and in their local communities. Let us know of your interest in an engaging, action-oriented presentation. Come roll up your shirt sleeves, join a team of inspiring doers, and make a difference in the world! The CAN program will feature:

  1. An optional tour of Tusen Takk (CELL’s 37′ Island Packet cutter-rigged sailboat equipped with solar and wind power, composting systems, etc.
  2. An opening session defining the problem and spurring participation in the climate action movement.
  3. Inspiring stories of climate action and what others are doing.
  4. Steps for taking action on climate and ocean conservation…


All CAN programs are free. To request a CAN program, contact Dave at 207-230-4025 or email  We look forward to hearing from you!

Get Involved!

Help us make the Climate Action Now leadership program a success!