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DIY Climate Education

This is an hour long boot camp tailored for extension! Come learn how to use a suite of climate resources designed for DIY-learners and publicly available on

EcoActUs is a joint venture between the Climate Reality Project and the Harvard Alumni for Climate and Environment. EcoActUs has been adopted by NECI as a resource for Extension Professionals and Educators who want to understand the latest on climate change, sustainability practices and guidance for incorporating climate education into your daily interactions. It contains extensive and highly curated video presentations and other media resources and is free to use for non-commercial use. EcoActUs can be approached as a self-guided learning and reference tool or you can participate in a two week Climate Boot Camp which incorporates three virtual sessions to help guide you through the resource and network with other users who may be trying to do the same things you are. Help is available if you would like to take a group through the Boot Camp for your organization. Information and registration for the self-guided sessions are found at

TITLE:Self-Guided Climate Boot Camp for Extension Professionals

CO-PRESENTERS: 6 different presenters will carry you through their comprehensive DIY educational programming so you can delve in deeper ā€“ or help others navigate its resources.

Michael Linn (Co-Director of EcoActUs) is a climate refugee, inventor and entrepreneur with a broad background in energy, software technology, finance and organizational process.  He helped build and sell a company to Microsoft, design the Department of Energy information systems and win the 2014 ASHRAE Global First Place Tech Award for Ed buildings.  He grew up in a farming community and is currently helping to create a training farm for Inua, Partners in Hope.

Mark Dambro, a Climate Reality Leader, trained in 2020. Iā€™m a retired engineer and physician with a special interest in the health effects of climate change and on the existential question of whether or not humanity can survive this unprecedented crisis. I completed my MD degree at Washington University in St. Louis and practiced family medicine after residency and fellowship.  Iā€™m a guest lecturer at TCU (Texas Christian University) in my home town of Fort Worth, TX.

Dr. Dayo Ajayi-Obe, a consulting pediatrician and epidemiologist, trained as a Climate Reality Leader in 2021. Dr. Ajayi-Obe completed her medical training in Nigeria and holds a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the TH Chan Harvard School of Public Health.  She supports educational institutions in Nigeria and around the globe. Her mission is to help individuals, groups, businesses and organizations, unravel the hidden treasures of forging forward into the regenerative era of climate sustainability. And to investigate the links between climate change and epidemics.

Scott Graham, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps, currently the owner of Graham Leadership Growth which provides Leadership Coaching empowering people to realize their professional goals. Scott served with the American Red Cross as the Division Disaster Executive coordinating the responses to numerous disasters including hurricanes Harvey, Matthew, and Florence along with wildfires in Northern California and Oregon. Scott is a graduate of the University of Kansas and holds Executive Leadership Coaching Certificates from Georgetown University and University of Georgia.

Rick Schumann, who comes to us from NECI (National Extension Climate Initiative) which serves to link climate change-related education and research across Extension program areas and associations. Rick is a trained Climate Reality Leader (2020) and a Master Gardener with the University of Florida IFAS Extension. He has a degree in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He is retired from a career in Seismic and Meteorological Applied Research, as well as, Systems Engineering in Radar, Telemetry and Weather systems.

Wendy Hamilton held numerous Extension positions in OR, PA, MT, and NM throughout her 34 yr. career. She retired in 2020 as an Extension Evaluation Specialist from New Mexico State University. She now holds the position of Emerita Professor dedicating her retirement to climate education and mentoring young career professionals.


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This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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