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There is a movement happening that has been proven effective in helping individuals do their part in alleviating the effects of climate change. It’s the grassroots efforts of The Cool Cities Challenge. This movement relies on building social capital that includes concrete, inclusive, and non-political actions taken at a grassroots level to mitigate the effects of climate change. We don’t need to feel like we have to act alone, all this can be done in neighborhoods, block by block. And today we’ll be sharing The Cool Cities Challenge that includes cities becoming carbon neutral (beyond offsets) by 2030. This deep dialogue helps us to return to our roots of community that support civic engagement and social networks. Crowley recalls, “I remember as a child when we were just driving along and my dad noticed somebody had a flat tire. He immediately hopped out of the car and asked if he could be of help. Now, fear of what could happen prevents us from reaching out to our neighbors.” He goes on to point out, “I think American society has kind of taught us to be individuals and not to depend on our neighbor. However, it's actually quite the opposite. We need to be interdependent.” Crowley and Curchack encourage us to start a cool city project in our own towns which incorporates a sense of community, a sense of belonging, and a sense of fun. Crowley points out how this movement can be aggregators of individuals at the block level. It is also aggregators of experts. Our towns and neighborhoods are full of great experts and the willingness to find out important information together is exciting. This is a movement that is happening and hopefully your town will soon be part of it. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
John Crowley is co-founder of Cool City Petaluma 2030 and co-owner of the Aqus Café in Petaluma, California. He’s a social instigator and champion connection-maker. It was his intention in starting Aqus Café to recreate an Irish pub atmosphere with a focus on social dynamics that create opportunities and support the connection of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits by bringing them together with their various interests, talents, and energy. He believes that social capital determines the health and happiness of a community and that as individuals of a town are provided more opportunities to interact and connect the entire town benefits.
Leslie Curchack is a nature photographer and block leader of Cool City Petaluma 2030.
To learn more about Leslie Curchack’s photography go to www.lesliecurchack.com.
To learn more about the work of Cool City Petaluma 2030 go to www.coolpetaluma.org.
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 8/19/2022 Program Number: 3773
From Album: 17 Seconds to AnywhereArtist: Liz Story1998 Windham Hill Records #01934-11291-2
Opening Essay: Track 01 Captain AprilMusic Break 1: Track 02 Rumors of DisciplineMusic Break 2: Track 03 Beginner’s MindMusic Break 3: Track 04 Voices
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