Hear from Sophie Korn who attended the Greenpeace Action Camp last year. Sophie has spoken to nearly 100,000 students about the science behind climate change and teaches sixth grade at Environmental Charter Middle School in Inglewood, CA.
I’ve been a Greenpeace groupie from way back and have always admired the thoughtful, creative, independent and impactful work they do around the world. When the chance came to strengthen my skills and deepen my relationships with allies from across the country last year at the Manatee Action Camp – I jumped!
Based on other trainings I’ve done with Greenpeace, I expected the trainers to be awesome activists in their own right and great teachers with collaborative training. There is a humility and generosity to which everyone (top to bottom) commits during a Greenpeace training, and I was not disappointed.
What I couldn’t have expected, but really made the experience, was the kind of cross pollination across movements and organizations for which the training allowed. I remember sharing one meal with an Occupy activist from Florida, a coal activist from Chicago and a Greenpeace staff member from San Francisco – where else is that kind of opportunity for conversation possible?
Deciding between the different tracks was incredibly hard, but I was afforded the opportunity to learn on Greenpeace’s rigid-hull inflatable boats. In addition to all of that, I came away from the camp with a better understanding of actions strategy generally and my specifically my personal beliefs about non-violence.