Carbon CREW Project's mission is to create self-guiding rapidly replicable teams of early climate adaptors to plan, proclaim and live a 50% carbon-reduction-by-2030 lifestyle.

 

Our vision is to spark the exponential transformation needed for a flourishing planet now.  The Carbon CREW Project (Carbon Reduction for Earth Wellbeing) is based on the

the science of Project Drawdown’s 100 solutions to reverse global warming and the 2040 Handbook’s vision of a world that works for everyone. Over the course of a month, small teams gather online to make personal 5 year plans for carbon footprint reduction. For rapid scalability, each crew member also crafts a plan to guide their own crew through the same process.

 

Our target audience is early adopters who already want to engage in climate solutions now.  With ongoing peer-to-peer support we assure success.  

Contact: Dorothy Reilly 

Carbon CREW project: Carbon Reduction for Earth Well-being

Guide for Carbon CREW teams developing Personal Carbon Action Plans (PCAPS)

A five part series of discussions based on the book 2040 Handbook by Damon Gameau will provide information and motivation for preparing a Personal Carbon Action Plan (PCAP) for a 50% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030.  Participants will read the book chapter by chapter, discerning what principles and practices are relevant for their situation and filling in their draft Action Plan as they proceed. Each person’s PCAP will guide and inspire them in changes of lifestyle habits which will produce carbon reduction. Participants will also plan to replicate the Carbon CREW sessions with a new group, exponentially increasing earth wellbeing.

 

Session 1:  Overview

Prep  

Session: 

  • Leader begins with a prayer, poem or quote.

  • Each person introduces themselves and explains why they are willing to reduce greenhouse gases.

  • Discuss reactions to the CNN quiz.  Remember this is just a baseline snapshot!

  • Discuss briefly the Overshoot Day concept. Participants should keep their results!

  • Go around and ask what word or phrase in the assigned reading impressed each. Discuss.

  • In the  Foreword by Paul Hawken he says,“…not penance but promise, not obligations but opportunities.”  How do you feel about reframing problems as solutions? What examples of this do you recognize for you personally? (for example, eating more vegetables might make you healthier, or riding a bike might reveal the landscape, etc.)

  • Next, move to the Introduction and look at the list of symptoms on p. 18-19.  Which affects you the most?

  • Leaders will explain the concept of reading a chapter each week and then filling in the PCAP grid with the commitments that you are making as a result of that week’s reading.

  • Leaders will also go over the various documents and resources available, including the Guidelines, the FAQ, the Strategies for Speed and Success and other materials that may be relevant.

  • Make sure that all know how to keep in touch with the group, know to email their “What’s your new practice?” grid to the group 24 hours before the next session, the time of the next session and assignments for that session.

 

Session 2:  Energy/Transport

Prep:

  • Read the chapters on Energy and Transport.  

  • Choose a quote or statistic that you want to highlight with the group.  

  • Fill in your PCAP grid based on your reactions to the chapter and email it to the group 24 hours before meeting. 

  • Watch the movie 2040.

Session:

  • Begin with a prayer, poem or quote.

  • Discussion begins with sharing in turns the quotes that stood out for people.

  • Reflect on the chapter.

  • Leader will be sure to highlight any aspects of the material that have not been talked about.

  • Discuss what practices you are putting in the grid and how you made your decisions. As a group, reflect on practicalities and timing for objectives.

  • Ask for any reactions to the movie 2040.

 

Session 3:  Drawdown and Sequester

Prep:  

  • Read the chapters on Drawdown and Sequester. 

  • Note a quote or statistic that you want to highlight.  

  • Fill in your PCAP based on ideas from these chapters. Remember to share your grid with the group 24 hours before meeting.  

  • If possible, watch the movie Kiss the Ground (available on Netflix).

Session:

  • Begin with a prayer, poem or quote.

  • Proceed as in the last session, asking people to share their reactions, quotes, and commitments for their PCAP.

  • Be sure the leader sums up any points not arising from participants.

  • Discuss the process of brainstorming friends and acquaintances with whom you could share the idea of engaging in a Carbon CREW project.

 

Session 4:  Consumption and Getting to 2040

Prep:

  • Read the chapters Consumption and Getting to 2040.  

  • Note a quote or statistic that you want to highlight.  

  • Fill in your PCAP based on ideas from these chapters and share with the group 24 hours before meeting.  

  • If possible, watch the movie The True Cost.

Session:

  • Begin with a prayer, poem or quote.

  • As usual, discuss reactions to the chapter and the movie.

  • Reflect on the PCAPs you have shared and whether timelines are realistic.  

  • Ask each participant to brainstorm a list of at least seven friends that they will contact to form a new CREW project group.

 

Session 5:  Wrapping Up

Prep:  

  • Look over your PCAPs. Are your commitments realistic?  Do you have a balance in your decisions – ie. Something for each sector? 

  • Transfer the best ideas from your working grids to your final PCAP, paying attention to the distribution of timing for the actions.

  •  Take the Earth Overshoot Day quiz again, using the new profile you have made in your PCAP.  Keep the results!

  • Review your list of friends you plan to contact to form a new CREW project group.  Can you think of anyone else?

Session:

  • Begin with a prayer, poem or quote.

  • As a group, discuss the project. Was it helpful? Do you have a plan you can use?  If not, how can the group help? 

  • What will be your method of accountability?  As a group, decide when/how you want to meet to check in on progress, challenges, triumphs. 

  • Choose buddies to work with in starting a new Carbon CREW session. Plan when you will start!

  • Review how the Drawdown website can help and other resources.

 

General guidelines:

  • Always start and end on time.  

  • Respect each person’s contribution of ideas

  • Ensure that each member of the group has a time to speak if wanted

  • The team leader will gently guide discussion, timing etc. but the spirit of the group will be one of collaboration of equals.

  • If a participant misses a session, they should send their PCAP ideas for that session anyway, as prescribed 24 hours before the session.

  • If a participant misses a session, they should be sure to watch the recording of the session (available from their Carbon CREW Guide) before the next session.

 

Tips for Carbon CREW Project Guides:

  • Our goal is to unleash the participants’ already existing love for the planet.  This may manifest itself in different ways and at differing paces in our group, but we are all early adopters for carbon reduction.  So be upbeat, encouraging and non-confrontational.

  • Our primary job as leaders is to be a guide – we are bringing people together to engage in action. We will provide gentle encouragement and resources.  

  • The best guides are attuned to their group.  This is facilitated by being curious, open, accepting and loving to all participants.

  • People become more committed to things that they hear themselves say.  This is why it is crucial to get all participants to speak during sessions and to fill out the PCAP.

  • Carbon CREW Project guides will send reminders to participants each week to ensure that preparation is done and that PCAPs are shared 24 hours before meeting.

  • Bryan Stevenson says, “Hopelessness is the enemy of justice.” In order to achieve environmental justice, we must remain positive.  If members of the group become ambivalent or negative, listen impartially, avoid impulse to correct or “fix”, try to help them see for themselves the positive side of an issue.  Guides need to be compassionate truth-tellers.

 

Accountability for CREW members:

  • All participants will agree to keep the schedule that has been set up by the group.

  • All participants will agree to respect each member’s contributions.

  • All participants will agree to create a Personal Carbon Action Plan by the end of the sessions.

  • All participants will agree to try to create and guide new Carbon CREW groups with a buddy.

  • All participants will work together at the last session to set up agreed upon “check in” points to share results, new ideas, challenges etc.  

  • Suggested check-in times:  

1.Six weeks after the last session 

2.Three months after the last session

3.Six months after the last session and every six months thereafter.

  • Check-ins are for both personal practices and the establishment of new groups.

  • The guide of each group will report back to the Carbon CREW Project coordinators about the success of the group.

  • All participants will be given a list of resources they can use for questions, concerns, research of particular topics etc.  This will include the Carbon CREW Project website, a Carbon CREW email, the group leader’s contact information and other pertinent information.

  • Carbon CREW email is:  CarbonCREW50@gmail.com

 

 

Strategies for Speed and Success

 

1.  Each C.R.E.W. member creates their own Carbon Reduction for Earth’s Wellbeing plan. We strive for bold goals and simplify the IPCC goals of 50% carbon reduction by 2030, by using the Earth Overshoot Day calculator as our metric for progress.  We work within a 5 year projected time frame. 

 

2.  We focus on reaching just 3.5% of a target population for explosive growth.

•  See TEDx Boulder talk (12.5 min) on 3.5% by Erica Chenoweth here

 

3. To activate this strategy active communication of one’s efforts, to friends and the community at large is required.  This  is woven into weekly preparation requests.  

•   Katharine Hayhoe Ph.D., (lead author of the fourth National Climate Assessment, the work of 13 agencies from the US government and 350 scientists), says that the most important thing we can do to address climate change is to talk about it. TED Talk here

 

4.  We invite early adopters, engaging only those who are ready to act on this crisis.

  •   This allows us to streamline for speed and efficacy since we do not need effort toward convincing or educating the population on the situation at hand.  They are ready to go.

  • According to social scientists,Everette Rogers and Geoffrey Moore, in addition to being visionaries and enthusiasts, early adopters are often evangelists, influencers, and respected by the majority.

  •   Targeting those that have a propensity for being networkers makes the replication of CREWS more rapid.

5.  We grow exponentially by building in self-replication. On completion of the month of C.R.E.W planning, each CREW member begins planning her/his own CREW team.   Each person eventually is part of two CREWs - the CREW they were invited into and the CREW that they create (with a buddy).

6.  Using the Socratic method, we simplify planning efforts by keying off the Drawdown inspired 2040 Handbook, studying several chapters a week.

  •   Book - 2040 Handbook  Movie: stream through Jan 30, 2021 - https://togetherfilms.org/2040-screenings/#usscreenings

  •   Importantly we rely on the well-researched 80 non-policy active prioritized solutions from Project Drawdown, understanding that with maximum effort we can reverse global warming, with economic, health and security benefits.

• Book -  Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming 

•   Paul Hawken speaking in Seattle here

7. We incorporate an accountability plan-and-report system which improves follow through from below 40% to upwards of 95%. Research shows that the 95% success is reached when we set target dates and know we will be reporting our progress on that date.  This is exactly what Carbon CREW Project does both during the month of meetings and as followup after the end of meetings.

•   Each member posts their weekly topical preparation material for their 5-year plan twenty-four hours before the next session. All members have access leading to both inspiration and revision of one’s own plan. Guides review all members plans and may offer suggestions and connections at the next session.

•   When each CREW team has ended their planning phase, they continue to check in as a group every two months. 

  •   In addition, support buddies are chosen for post CREW sessions for every two week check-ins as a follow up on personal plan completion. 

  • Accountability is improved by asking that all CREWS be hosted by two Guides. 

8.  We begin with focus on the personal.  As UN’s Inger Andersen reports, 2/3’s of GHG are emitted by household choices. While policy protocols can be a huge magnifier for carbon reduction, 50 years policy has not addressed our planet’s needs. While continuing political pressure, we, the people, acting to address GHG emissions with exponential growth, can make all the difference in the world. Policy will fall in line as explosion of carbon reduction happens. 

9. Lastly - We have fun doing it!!! 

•   We embrace Paul Hawken’s philosophy of this situation as our opportunity for creativity, community, and collaboration. 

  •   We know from science that our pre-frontal cortex is stimulated by positivity and when the pre-frontal cortex is active, creative solution making is at it’s highest.

 

Additional tactics we embrace:

Our hosts are Guides, building a sense of individual commitment and collective ability. Since it is more effective to lead than preach, Guides model by posting their weekly plans for CREW participants see. 

 

Carbon CREW Project replicates a circular pattern: We move from Invitation, to Guiding and Inspiring, to Activating, to Supporting and Connecting and to Duplicating. This is how we move to exponential growth. Each CREW participant becomes a CREW Guide with the support of their CREW and their Buddy.

 

For speed, we compress each planning CREW into 5 sessions over the course of 4 weeks plus one day.

 

Poems, Prayers and Quotes for Carbon CREW Project

 

Prayer for the World

In the name of Silence, the ground of our being,

The Word through whom the silence speaks

And the Spirit who unsettles and inspires us, we pray:

 

May the smell of thyme and lavender greet us,

May the catbird call and dart among the leaves and berries,

May the yarrow gleam and the wellspring burble,

Heralding promise in this microcosm of a larger promise

 

As we come engulfed with sorrow for degradation of our earth,

Crushed by our inherent racism and white privilege,

Broken by the broken bodies we see afar and feel in our arms,

Send us a new resolve and a renewed purpose.

 

May we act in bold and harmonious ways to mend the web.

May we give thanks for what we can and resolve to change the rest.

May we receive the gifts we need so that we can be gift to others.

May we make a beginning towards wholeness for shattered hearts and yearning earth.

 

Shower us with fresh dreams and joy and resolve, O Spirit, 

That we may shed corrosive fear and embrace your summons.

Grant us light to walk boldly! Amen. 

                                                            (Sheila Peiffer)

 

“EarthRise” by Amanda Gorman here

Bernardine Evaristo’s poem “The Wind” here

 

Eagle Poem

To pray you open your whole self

To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon

To one whole voice that is you.

And know there is more

That you can’t see, can’t hear;

Can’t know except in moments

Steadily growing, and in languages

That aren’t always sound but other

Circles of motion.

Like eagle that Sunday morning

Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky

In wind, swept our hearts clean

With sacred wings.

We see you, see ourselves and know

That we must take the utmost care

And kindness in all things.

Breathe in, knowing we are made of

All this, and breathe, knowing

We are truly blessed because we

Were born, and die soon within a

True circle of motion,

Like eagle rounding out the morning

Inside us.

We pray that it will be done

In beauty.

In beauty.

                            Joy Harjo

Or listen here

 

We are not asked ...to believe in a perfect world.

We are asked to equip ourselves with courage, hope,

and readiness for hard work,

and to cherish large and generous ideas.

- Emily Balch

 

“The future depends on what you do today.”  (Mahatma Gandhi)

 

“The greatest danger to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”(Robert Swan)

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)

 

 

 

 

Carbon CREW FAQ

 

What does CREW stand for?

            This acronym stands for Carbon Reduction for Earth Wellbeing.  It also signals how the participants work together and support each other in finding solutions for reducing greenhouse gases.

 

How much time will I have to spend on CREW?

            The sessions for the CREW project take place during weekly meetings over the course of a month.  Each session is a little over an hour and the preparation for the session probably takes another hour. At the end, participants are set with their personal carbon action plans.  They will have buddies for accountability and support.  Participants are also asked, though, to start a new CREW group!

 

Is there a lot of “homework” while participating in the sessions?

            Each session requires having read two short chapters from the book 2040.  These prompt us to think about what we can do to reduce consumption, change habits, and practice new ways that will lead to a 50% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030.  Other resources, like movies and podcasts are also suggested. These are optional but will enhance overall understanding.

 

How do we know that we are accomplishing anything?

            The CREW project asks participants to calculate their “Earth Overshoot Day” at the beginning of the sessions and then again at the end, taking into account all the new practices that have been committed to.  The difference is inspiring! Additionally, by keeping tabs with a buddy, each participant has built in accountability to keep on track. You will share your target dates for new practices and report on how you are doing.

 

How does one group of people make a difference?

            Your one group will grow exponentially because each participant is asked to start another group.  From an initial group of six, for example, there will be six groups of six (or more) the next month, making 36.  By the next iteration, there are 216 people involved, and then over a thousand at the next. This kind of growth will really make a difference! (see our document “Strategies for Speed and Success” for more)

 

What do I say to someone who thinks Climate Change is not a threat?

            Carbon CREW Project is only trying to reach the “early adopter” category of people who already have a love for the planet and the knowledge that climate change is real.  Be polite, but do not waste time trying to convince people about the validity of the climate crisis – instead, concentrate on getting those who know the situation is dire to take personal responsibility by joining CREW.