The urgency of climate change motivates us to take immediate action—calling on governments to do their fair share to get us back below 350 ppm CO2. But the scale of the issue also requires us to think strategically and build a powerful, long-term movement. Running climate leadership workshops is one of the best ways we know to strengthen and build that movement.
In the last 3 years 350.org has run dozens of workshops in over 20 countries, empowering thousands of new climate movement leaders. We have worked with dozens of partner groups to both organize the logistics and develop the materials. Through this website we are now providing the content and materials of those workshops online free and for all in this movement to use.
We’d especially like to thank IndyACT – The League of Independent Activists, Marshall Ganz, Joy Cushman, Liz Palatto, and the New Organizing Institute, who all contributed to these materials and efforts. Additional thanks to rockstar organizers Zo Tobi, Jon Barrows and the Sierra Student Coalition, Heather Cronk, Kristen Dore and the NOI team and countless others. Many thanks to you all.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is 350.org?
350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries. 350 means climate safety. To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.
What is a 350 workshop?
Over the past five years, 350.org has helped organize dozens of workshops in over 20 countries around the world. We recognize leadership, organizing and communication as three key pieces of building the political will necessary to solve the climate crisis. Participants in 350.org workshops have gone on to organize 20,000-person marches, take part in non-violent revolutions in the Middle East, lobbied Presidents, MPs and Members of Congress successfully, and run countless local and national campaigns related to climate change and clean energy. We believe that combined with strategic campaigns and inspiring actions, building tens of thousands of community climate leaders will help our movement succeed in solving the climate crisis.
Our official workshops typically run between 1 and 5 days, and are facilitated by at least one 350.org staff member. Participants come from a variety of backgrounds, and often don’t list “climate” at the top of their list of concerns (though it’s usually high on the list). However, the goal of our organizing toolkit is to winnow down and articulate key skill-building activities, and make them available to anybody who is interested in hosting or running a workshop can do so.
Why are workshops important?
We’re all leaders, which means we are constantly learning new skills, and refining our techniques to build a large and diverse climate movement. But sometimes we get stuck–we can’t figure out how to get past a challenge on a local campaign we’re running, or we’re struggling keeping our team engaged, or we don’t even know how to get started. That’s OK. None of us have all the answers on how to solve the climate crisis, but we do have our collective experiences to bring to the table.
Our central 350.org team has worked with over 10,000 organizers in almost every country on the planet. The best practices we’ve collected form the basis for the workshops we run. We hope you’ll join us–we think you’ll learn a lot, and we know that your experiences and skills can help the rest of us.
Who attends 350 workshops?
Participants in our workshops are diverse in age, race, ethnicity, affiliation, education and knowledge of the climate crisis. We are looking for people who are committed to the solving the climate crisis, to sharing, learning and listening, and to working hard to organize after a workshop. We’re not just looking for activists–we’re looking for people with leadership potential and a commitment to staying engaged. Does that sound like you? Click here to find a workshop near you.
How can I find a workshop near me?
It’s easy. Just go to our Upcoming Workshops page and check out where we’re planning workshops. We typically have a few travel scholarships available, and each workshop will pull participants from outside the immediate area to bring diversity to the group. Most 350.org workshops have 20-50 participants and 2-3 facilitators.
Can I request a 350 workshop?
If you can’t make it to any of the upcoming workshops, or if you don’t live anywhere near one, you can request to host a workshop. Depending on the availability of staff and resources, 350.org may help facilitate the workshop, in partnership with you. In the past, the most successful workshops have been run in partnership with an established local group. If you are an individual, or have a small informal team you’d like to run a workshop with, we can help you prepare so that you can facilitate it yourself. Feel free to get in touch at 350.org/contact.
How can I host a 350 workshop on my own?
Hosting a workshop isn’t rocket science, but it does take some preparation and planning. We recommend gathering a dedicated group of 10-30 people and spending a whole day (6 hours) to make sure that everybody leaves with the skills and inspiration to be a climate leader. We’ve made all of our workshop materials available to the public – feel free to use them, but make sure to credit 350.org and our friends and colleagues who have contributed. We’ve also developed a checklist for workshop hosts, so make sure to take a look at it out before you commit to hosting.
What if I can’t attend or host a workshop?
Don’t worry about it! You can still be a great organizer without attending a workshop. If you need any tips along the way, we recommend reading through the guides to each workshop session anyway which you can find in the organizer toolkit.