Modeled on the extremely popular Jackson County Master Gardener and Master Recycler programs, SOCAN’s Master Climate Protector (MCP) program incorporates both a training component and a service component. It is designed for individuals who want to know more about Climate Change and what we can do to address this critical problem.
Master Climate Protectors are trained volunteers who work to inform and educate the public about the science of climate change and its consequences. They work within their communities and local governments to promote personal and collective actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and serve as an educational outreach for climate literacy.
Master Climate Protectors complete a 10-week training course that covers climate change science and the impacts on key sectors of energy, transportation, agriculture, water, and health. Within each sector we include global and local impacts, personal and collective mitigating actions, and measurements on how to reduce our greenhouse gas footprint. Although the course is science-based, we recognize that participants come with different levels of science expertise. Instructors, therefore, work with participants to increase their understanding and comfort with the material. The course includes a manual, discussion based classes, and presentations from local and regional experts.
From courses offered in spring and fall 2017 and spring 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 we have 92 graduates, 44 of whom have completed 20 hours of service and achieved Certified Master Climate Protector status. Additionally 41 recertification certificates have been awarded for additional 20 hours of service.