MICRO-LESSON: What is the GreenHive Leadership Program?

What's in this lesson.

  1. The climate is changing

  2. Landscaping as climate solution

  3. SHARE THIS: The GreenHive Leadership Program IG post

  4. Climate anxiety enters stage right

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  6. It’s their future: youth at the table

  7. The GreenHive Leadership Program

  8. Cohort no. 1: laying the foundation

  9. READ THIS: Meet the Leaders of Cohort no. 1

  10. The Legacy Projects

  11. SHARE THIS: 3 reasons to apply to the GreenHive

  12. Legacy Project 1: A sensory garden at Agnes Scott

  13. Legacy Project 2: A mural for Emory University

  14. Legacy Project 3: An urban oasis at Georgia State

  15. A career pathway for youth leaders

  16. How you can help

  17. Additional resources

The climate is changing

The debate is settled; climate change is caused by human activity. Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have been burning fossil fuels to power every aspect of our lives. This has resulted in greenhouse gasses being pumped into the atmosphere at a rate that has threatened to increase our average global temperature by 2 degrees Celsius. Because of this warming, we're seeing abnormal and extreme weather like droughts, floods, and fires, loss of ecosystems, significant increases in pollution, soil nutrient loss, and food and water shortages. From how we make things, to how we get around, and even how we take care of our backyards, the world we've built is entirely dependent on the very fuel system destroying it.

Landscaping as climate solution.

Because we are so deeply reliant on this fuel system, it’s going to take redesigning and reimagining almost every aspect of our lives if we're to keep the planet from warming over 2 degrees Celsius. But with such a daunting task- where can you even start?

The federal government has begun to take​​ action with the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act that includes heavy incentives for clean energy technologies and is predicted to reduce emissions levels by 42% below 2005 levels. While this is a huge step towards achieving the United State’s climate goals, experts are predicting that state and local governments will still need to take action.

This is why Roots Down is on a mission to shift the paradigm of landscaping - an industry wildly dependent on fossil fuels that local governments and every day people have the opportunity to make big impact. Not only do our landscapes encourage fossil fuel usage but they also decrease soil life and biodiversity, sequester less carbon, and increase flooding and water pollution. Through legislation, education, and dynamic programs, there is an opportunity to shift the landscaping industry into a powerful force for social and environmental change.

Climate anxiety enters stage right.

The rise of climate awareness, coupled with increasingly dysfunctional governmental responses, has given rise to the phenomenon of climate anxiety, a pervasive sense of gloom about the future.

Given that emotions are frequently what motivate people to act, it is possible that feelings of climate anxiety are the precise tools needed to enact the changes that the world needs right now. In other words, the best way to alleviate climate anxiety is to do something about it, and local action is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, meet your neighbors and like-minded people, and focus your attention on the part of the world most important to you. Alec Tyson, Associate Director of the PEW Research Center, found that individuals in the United States who experience the most climate anxiety are also the most optimistic about their ability to change the situation. Young people are particularly sensitive to the issues surrounding climate change.


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