We did it (again)! In this 7th year of the Community Resilience Challenge, we are humbled by the ways YOU have shown up to build our community more resilient, one act at a time.
The Community Resilience Challenge (the Challenge) is an annual community mobilization campaign that has inspired thousands of citizens, leaders and groups to take practical action to save water, grow food, conserve energy, reduce waste and build community. From 2010-2015, more than 5,000 people have registered 21,500 resilience building actions in Sonoma County!!
People are raising chickens and bees, installing their own rain harvesting barrels, nourishing their food forests with drip irrigation, and building soil health in order to fight global warming (and grow more nutritious food). Businesses are starting lunchroom composting bins and citizens have organized their own sustainability events in support of their passions, like building a rocket stove or touring water conservation in action. A tremendous 2,149 Sonoma County students walked, biked, or skipped to school for two whole weeks to reduce the number of cars choking our roads while reducing emissions, breathing fresh air and getting exercise. We couldn’t be more proud of you Sonoma County!
The Challenge aims to not only inspire action, but also collaborative projects, relationship building and strengthened networks to create lasting change. The campaign encourages individuals, schools, organizations, municipalities and businesses to take practical actions to create more resilient homes, schools, workplaces and communities. We ALL benefit from collective action.
The impact of the Challenge is measured by the number of participants, actions registered, and benefit of the actions taken (e.g., gallons of water saved, square feet of lawn sheet mulched, etc.), but the inspiration, hope and relationships that are built by the campaign are beyond measure.
Our individual actions may feel small or insignificant but when we see them registered alongside thousands of other actions it shows how powerful this movement is. What are the small changes you can make to make a big difference?
What the world needs now is people who have come alive. More than ever, Daily Acts needs YOU!
Beginning in the springtime of each year and running through the end of May, participants play their part to Save Water, Grow Food, Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste and Build Community. Participants register their actions online and all actions are aggregated on a map to build a picture of the growing resilience movement.
The Challenge is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to sustainability and community, as well as to engage others in this movement. When you register your actions, you’ll be joining thousands of other participants who are creating more connected, vibrant and resilient households, neighborhoods, towns and cities.
Through collaborative partnerships with nonprofits, municipalities, businesses, schools, community organizations, and individuals we can create more resilient local food systems, economies, and communities; we can address the pivotal issues facing our planet, from our drought to food insecurity to climate change; and we can ‘be the change’ we wish to see in the world.
Check out the “tools” tab to access outreach materials and information, and help spread the word! Below are answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Challenge, but please don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have other questions.
Daily Acts is ready to help YOU make a lasting impact this spring and beyond – one that will strengthen and enrich our communities and local economy. Thank you for rising to the Challenge.
The Challenge is a program of Daily Acts, whose mission is to transform our communities through inspired action and education that builds leadership and local self-reliance. The 2016 Challenge marks Daily Acts’ 7th year of engaging individuals, schools, organizations, municipalities and businesses to take practical action for a more healthy, just and resilient future.