The Micronesia Climate Change Alliance is seeking nine weavers from the US-affiliated Pacific islands to help find ways to reduce costs and pollution.
Members will come from Palau, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Yap, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, Hawaii, American Samoa, and the Marshall Islands. The group will receive a monthly salary for their involvement in online meetings and training throughout the year, according to a press release.
“This is a unique one-year opportunity for the 9 US-affiliated communities of weavers from across the Pacific islands to learn more about the Just Transition, build networks, develop skills and link climate justice efforts across our waters,” said the release.
MCCA is a member of the Climate Justice Alliance national network, which aims to enhance the efforts of front-line grassroots organizations by creating a regional community, Our Power Communities.
The goal of the OPC is to create real-world examples of how communities can put people to work changing their locality, while reducing costs and pollution burdens for present and future generations, said the release. It brings people together within the framework of a “Just Transition” which gives life to strategies for building a more regenerative way of life.
Among his duties and responsibilities are attending monthly meetings; help develop a narrative strategy process and build consensus on an environmental justice story for Pacific islands; organizing projects focused on capacity building; and creating educational resources for Pacific islands.
Applications are due on 21 December. Selected applicants will be interviewed in mid-January and short-listed applicants will start their positions on February 4, 2021, for a one-year scholarship.
Who should apply: People who have been employed by or are active members of organizations working for cultural preservation, climate justice, equality, indigenous sovereignty, food sovereignty, energy democracy, native media creation, environmental conservation, and youth work. Preference will be given to applicants with existing campaigns or projects.
• Current residents of one of the islands listed
• Reliable access to technology at least twice a month
• High school graduate
• Strong English skills
• PayPal or Bank of Guam account
• Must be employed by or an active member of an established grassroots organization.
Preferred but not required qualifications:
• Experience in community organizing
• Bilingual or multilingual
• Strong interest in climate change or equity issues
• Storytelling skills
• Cultural and environmental knowledge of their island home
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