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Training and empowering for environmental and sustainable actions.



Latin America has unique natural wonders and a history of environmental movements to protect them and communities, however, many present efforts still revolve only around education. With climate change and the effects that are starting to arise, the region needs urgent actions to address current issues.  

Colectivo de Acciones Sustentables (CAS) is an organization, based in Chile, that will work with three key aspects related to mitigation and adaptation: renewable energy, plastic use reduction and water conservation. These three items will be developed through campaigns led by community members across the country. These campaigns look to create present and more permanent changes through legislative actions whose proposals are created by local activists. The first campaign of this type will be held to reduce the use of bottled water in the Patagonian city of Coyhaique, Chile, a place surrounded by delicate ecosystems affected by waste and the impacts of climate change including those emissions caused by the plastic industry.

Along the process of creating campaigns, trainings will be held to empower new activist organizers and continue expand the efforts. CAS will continuously provide support for the field organizers. Later on and through trainings, this movement will expand to other countries.

This is a desirable plan for Chile because a lot of people have interests in conservation but currently no other organization looks to train activists or offer tools of empowerment to create local campaigns. This will allow for communities to choose the issues they need to work on and will also create real written proposals to put pressure on the government and make the necessary sustainable changes. 

Which proposals are included in your plan and how do they fit together?

Bring people to action. This is focused on youth but it is a similar way of thought. We do want people to act and do more than volunteer. We want to help them grow as organizers.

We are looking to bring towns, cities and institutions to clean energy. Similar to the ideas that the Sierra Club proposes



Explanation of the emissions scenario calculated in the Impact tab

What are the plan’s key benefits?

1. Put pressure in governments to create long term oriented changes.

2. Create more leaders and active communities.

3. Grow the quantity of action campaigns happening in the region.

4. Create mitigation policies to install clean energy, reduce plastic use

 5. Adaptation: conserve water as prevention on future climate change effects around drought.

What are the plan’s costs?

The first campaign in Coyhaique, Chile together with the first training to happen in 2017 will have a cost of around $4,000. this includes educational materials, promotional campaign items, organizational materials and support for housing during the first trainings session.

What are the key challenges to enacting this plan?

The major obstacle will be reaching out equally to the diverse regions across countries, since they have different interests and methods of communicating. 


Winter 2016: Research and write educational materials

Spring 2016: Launch campaign in Coyhaique, Chile

Summer 2016-2017: Develop proposal, hold first training

Fall 2017: Launch 5 new campaigns

2018: Expand to 10 campaigns

2020: Win at least 3 of the launched campaigns

2025: Be present in at least two countries

2030: Be able to have at least 15 won campaigns

2040: Be present in at least 4 countries

2040: Be present in at least 6 countries


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