By Roslynn McCann, NECI Steering Committee

Elevating, Amplifying, and Accelerating Extension Climate Change Actions
The National Extension Climate Initiative (NECI) hosted a three-day virtual forum April 19-21, 2021 with the express purpose of “Elevating and Amplifying [Climate Change] Action” across the Cooperative Extension Service (CES). On Day One, “Setting the Stage,” representatives from U. S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, and Sea Grant shared their visions for unified national Extension climate change action. On Day Two, “Digging Deeper,” we heard from Extension Directors from across the United States (US). On Day Three, the focus shifted to identifying concrete actions that NECI and CES can (and should) take to improve and accelerate the impacts of our collective climate change Extension work.

The purpose of these actions is to leverage the extensive trusted network of CES researchers, educators, and community engaged professionals to dramatically increase climate change literacy and accelerate the implementation of climate mitigation and adaptation across the United States.

We (the NECI Steering Committee and members) organized and refined the list of actions and priorities identified during the forum, and drafted key takeaways to apply across the Extension system.

Read the "Extension Climate Change Action Items." 

For more details about the 2021 Climate Action Forum, and to view the recordings, visit the NECI website