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

During October 2017, CELL will be sailing from Maine to Chesapeake Bay conducting CAN programs along the way. We welcome the opportunity to meet with your college or community group.

On Saturday, November 11, 2017 CELL will sail up the Potomac to Washington D.C. to conduct a program in concert with George Washington University, Anacostia Riverkeeper and others focused on sea level rise and living shorelines. 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. The Washington D.C. CAN program will focus on local water/climate issues and strategies for interagency collaboration around specific action. 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 opening session defining the problem and spurring participation in the climate action movement
  2. Inspiring stories of climate action on campuses and in local communities
  3. Interactive breakout sessions to explore in-depth actions and leadership roles that you can take to reduce carbon pollution
  4. Networking opportunities with dynamic environmental organizations, colleges, non profits, etc.
  5. Time devoted to developing specific action plans for reducing carbon pollution on your campus and/or local community. Note: Students, college professors, staff, and community members interested in taking action on climate change are invited to attend the CAN action workshops.


Registration is free. To register for the CAN program on November 11, 2017, Contact Michael Svoboda at For more information on our co-sponsors, check out these links:  GWU and Anacostia Riverkeeper.  For more information on CAN, contact Dave at 207-230-4025 or email  We look forward to having you participate in this exciting climate action now program.

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