Coaching New Enviro Activists Through Online Community

by Guest Blogger

April 22, 2015

As one of Greenpeace USAs 12 community coaches, making the world better is a part of my volunteer role, and I love it. Just about a month ago, I helped facilitate one of the most dynamic online training callsI’veever had the privilege to take part in.

The training was focused on helping Greenpeace Group Leaders across the country help build and run high functional teams of volunteers who work together to make positive changes in their communities and around the world. After the training ended I found myself in a such a wonderful mood its hard for me to even describe, but I think the words thrilled and inspired fit.

As a Community Coach I have the wonderful privilege to work with inspiring new activists, aiding them in running Greenpeace Campaigns across the country. I could not have asked for a more rewarding volunteer position being a Community Coach has changed my life for the better.

How great is it that a simple conversation has the power to inspire activism and community organizing in both experienced and new activists? Its incredible. Not only do online activities encourage inspiration and hard work, they provide an important sense of community to often-isolated activists. And it all happens through an online community called Greenwire.

Greenwire is bridging the gap between activists giving us a sense of our own power and letting us know were not alone in this fight. I can proudly say that I have friends in cities and states Ive never been to because of Greenwire and Greenpeace. I feel the support of the Greenpeace community through Greenwire and all the fantastic exceptional online material it offers.

This Earth Day, come join the community and see for yourself why activists like my friends are using it to make the changes we want to see in the world.

Kaitlyn Trent, Greenpeace Community Coach

To learn more about Kaitlyns campaign to get sustainable seafood on campus, watch this short clip!

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