Climate Change Conversations in Libraries (C3L) and Beyond

C3L and Beyond builds on the momentum created by 90+ Climate Change Conversations in Libraries (“C3L”) which took place across Massachusetts during Climate Prep Week 2019.

Funding is available by request (made possible by the Sustainable Future Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation and Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory) .
DEADLINE January 31, 2020.

To request funding:

Event takes place in a library in New England
Event takes place by March 31, 2020
Event is participatory, inviting all voices to the table
Just Transition/social justice is a major ingredient; intergenerational a plus
Request up to $800

Step to take:
1 – Scroll down to see the partner organizations and initiatives ready to bring engaging programming to your community, thus expanding C3L within Massachusetts and into the other New England states (in libraries and other community spaces). Or suggest a partner with whom you’d like to work.
2 – Contact the partner organization or initiative directly or ask the C3L and Beyond team to connect you, or complete the C3L and Beyond Survey and indicate your interest there.
3 – Once you and the partner have a program in mind, send a brief description plus a budget (e.g. stipend for presenter, materials, child care, refreshments for participants, travel reimbursement) to Madeleine Charney
4 – We’ll notify you within a week or so whether your proposal will be funded.

C3L and Beyond Partner Organizations and Initiatives

Local Action

  • Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW): Offering workshops and resources to support forming Climate Resilience Hubs in libraries, houses of worship in MA
  • Co-op Power: Co-op Power is a consumer-owned sustainable energy cooperative. Operates within a regional network of Community Energy Cooperatives to create a multi-class, multi-racial movement for a sustainable and just energy future. Offering Co-op Power solar and energy efficiency workshops led by members of Community Energy Cooperatives (CECs) in Boston, Hampden and Worcester/Providence; support for specific groups to develop solar projects and new CECs in other locations. Contact Ernesto Cruz 
  • Extinction Rebellion Western Massachusetts: Strictly non-violent movement, whose overall ambition is an international rebellion that helps humanity to turn quickly onto a course that is compatible with life on earth, and to build resilient communities in the face of ecological and societal crisis. Offering presentations and workshops. Contact Emmalie Dropkin
  • Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley: Two organized locations, in Amherst and in Northampton, with members around Western Massachusetts. Offering meaningful discussions on parenting and climate change activism; organizes meetings with local and state officials; and facilitates family-friendly programs. Stay up to date with their Facebook page. Contact Andra Rose
  • New England Grassroots Environment Fund: Offering support for community organizers, students, businesses and nonprofits working to address social justice challenges and improve community health, resilience, and the environment across New England. Note: RootSkills Workshop November 15, 2019 in Providence. Contact Tess Beem
  • Post Carbon Institute: Offering the Think Resilience online course for individuals and groups, based on years of work in energy literacy and community resilience. By the end of the four-hour course, you’ll have a good start on two important skills: 1) How to make sense of the complex challenges society now faces. What are the underlying, systemic forces at play? What brought us to this place? Acting without this understanding is like putting a band-aid on a life-threatening injury. And 2) How to build community resilience. While we must also act in our individual lives and as national and global citizens, building the resilience of our communities is an essential response to the 21st century’s multiple sustainability crises. PCI Executive Director Asher Miller recently gave this talk on 10 things that parents and other adults can do to support our children in responding to the Climate Crisis.
  • Community Resilience Organizations: Offering to organize local teams that engage residents and town leaders in climate adaptation, disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation, while strengthening local collaboration and social cohesion. Brings together a diverse mix of stakeholders involved in resilience and hazard mitigation: emergency management, conservation, social services, government and more. Teams engage youth and the broader community to collaborate on critical projects that will make the town stronger and safer, simultaneously celebrating local spirit and building community. Contact Mindy Blank
  • Transition US: a hub for the international Transition Towns movement. Offering inspiration, encouragement, networking, training, and support for community resilience-building initiatives nationwide. You can connect with a Transition Initiative near you, starting a Transition Initiative where one does not currently exist, host a Transition Launch or Effective Collaboration training in your local community, organize a Transition Streets group in your neighborhood, get involved with our national Inner Resilience Network, or attens one of our upcoming events. For more information, please visit or email
  • Tree Dreams: An award-winning young adult novel and tree tagging campaign. Offering a talk and training to tag trees with dreams of the myriad ways, connecting to nature, to each other and to our future. Contact Kristin Kaye

Policy Activism

  • Better Future Project and 350 Mass
    Cambridge-based climate organizing nonprofit operating a campaign-focused, statewide network of volunteers working toward three goals: municipal action, statewide legislative advocacy, and narrative-changing efforts.  Contact Craig Altemose
  • Elders Climate Action: a non-partisan movement of elders committed to making our voices heard. Offering support to communities looking to change our nation’s energy policies while there is still time to avoid catastrophic changes in the earth’s climate. Massachusetts contact: Grady McGonagill
  • Movement Generation: one of the original sources of the thinking behind the Green New Deal. Offering webinars and the Pollinate Propagate Practice Guide that provides curriculum tools for a Just Transition.
  • Queer Eco Project: Offers education, research and media in support of grassroots political organizing. You can screen the new documentary Fire and Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change. The film maker may be available to Skype in for a post-screening discussion. Contact Vanessa Raditz
  • Sunrise Boston: Building a force of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people. Offering talks and workshops. Contact Nick Rabb

Psychological and Spiritual Support

  • Dancing with the Cannibal Giant
    This film and program is designed to move us beyond disempowerment through stories of resilience. More than a film showing, this program invokes compelling climate change/inequality/injustice stories of incredible wisdom, passion and resilience happening all around us amidst the disruption of our times. This program runs 90 minutes and comes with at least one facilitator (usually the producer and/or filmmaker). We seek small audiences of, ideally, 8 to 20 people, so everyone can share in the dialogue that takes up half of the program. The 45-minute film portion is intended to help prompt deep dialogue, emergent inspiration and possible modeling of local community efforts. Getting at what emerges in that shared space is its core purpose. BALE produced this documentary because we believe we need to change the stories by which we live. How do we get beyond the duality of understanding something very deeply while being unable to act in a way that addresses the depth of that understanding? How can we step away from the consumption culture that we have been born into, and welcome our human capacity to create a new narrative for ourselves, our communities and the world? Contact Chris Wood
  • Music as Medicine Project: Offering virtual and in-person Work That Reconnects workshops. Intro webinar: Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy Are there resources out there to help us with this? YES! For the past 40 years Joanna Macy has been addressing just these questions, developing a body of teachings and group exercises that foster inner resilience and capacities in us for facing together the difficult realities of our time. Lydia Violet Harutoonian offers a potent, introductory talk as we explore how we can foster psychological resilience in community to be with crises of our time. Contact Lydia Violet
  • Work that Reconnects (WTR) workshops: Offering an intimate experience with WTR, the dynamic, interactive body of work developed by Joanna Macy, a scholar and respected elder in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international activism. Learn tools, meditations, and concepts that we can rest into and organize with, in our desires to be effective allies to both planet and people. Contact Lydia Violet
    Jennifer Browdy, a colleague of Lydia’s is offering an in-person WTR workshop in Great Barrington on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 10-4. Register here.
  • Havens for Thriving Futures: Offering a workshop on Hope, Money & Love in the Face of Catastrophic Climate Change. Conact Nathan Bixby

With potential for many more partners and projects to emerge as the C3L+ initiative continues through March 2020…

Keep the Conversation going (and expand your network) with Now What?!
Now What?! is a global gathering of people and resources for collectively navigating the complexity of our times, in order to co-create learning, build community, unleash generosity, and support Life. Taking place in multiple venues (virtually and in person) from October 14 through November 22, 2019. C3L and Beyond is one of 17 organizations partnering with Now What?! to convene conversations on topics relating to a Just Transition/Green New Deal, Adaptation to a Transforming World, and more. Connect and engage with one another as part of a special C3L and Beyond cohort, and cross-pollinate with other people from around the world who are gathering via Now What?! to practice “the art of being fully human in a time of crisis.”


Survey and Facebook Group

Use this survey to let us know about your particular interests, needs, and questions, and to stay informed about Beyond C3L offerings now through March 2020.

Stay connected with one another and with the latest info on C3L follow-up opportunities via the Climate Change Conversations in Libraries (and Beyond) Facebook Group

About “C3L and Beyond”

C3L and Beyond emerged when a cohort from the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory (TRCC) became inspired by the potential to build upon the work of Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) and Madeleine Charney of UMass Amherst Libraries to bring climate change conversations to libraries across Massachusetts. Their organizing for Climate Prep Week provided an opportunity to leverage the TRCC’s network of regional and national organization leaders who use systemic and collaborative approaches to help communities become more thriving and resilient.

The C3L and Beyond project is funded by grants from The Sustainable Future Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation and the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaborative Funding Initiative.

This “core team” coordinates the work of C3L and Beyond
Madeleine Charney, UMass Amherst Libraries
Enet Mukurazita We Own It
Dana Pedersen, AORTA
Ben Roberts, Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory (TRCC)
Catherine Wong, McQuade Library, Merrimack College

Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW)
Massachusetts Library System
Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory

Blue Marble Librarians

MA librarians support team

Catherine Carr – Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical
Madeleine Charney – UMass Amherst Libraries
Heather Diaz – Forbes Library, Northampton
Michelle Eberle – Massachusetts Library System
Chris Glass – Boston Public Library, main branch
Gabrielle Griffis – Wellfleet Public Library
Jessica Killham – Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical
Ayoola White – Newark Public Library (NJ)
CJ Wong – McQuade Library, Merrimack College