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 sailing carbon-free into several ports along the east coast of the U.S. 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 next CAN leadership and action program will be in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 4, 2017. If you would like to participate, check the information below in the “When and Where” section for more details. We welcome your participation!

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 alternatives. Students, community members, non profits, schools, and businesses collectively represent our future leaders and represent a bright hope for 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 look forward to partnering with you! Check below for information on our next CAN program.

When and Where

Our next CAN program will be on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in  Washington D.C.  The program will be sponsored by CELL, George Washington University, Anacostia Riverkeeper and others. The purpose of the CAN program 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 D.C. CAN program will feature:

  1. An opening session defining the problem and spurring participation in the climate action and clean water 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 this climate action workshop.


Registration is free. To register for the CAN program on November 4, 2017. For more information on our co-sponsors, check out these links:  GWU and Anacostia Riverkeeper.  For more information, contact Dave at 207-230-4025 or email Stay tuned for more information on the CAN D.C. program.

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