The climate – it's our future

Ian Booth Climate Now is a project of the non-profit Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute. BRSI's mission is to support the residents of western North Carolina in creating a functionally sustainable future. Real sustainability means living and working in a way that meets today's needs without causing harm to the environment, to other people or to future generations. This invites us to rethink much of what we now call "sustainable". It also invites many of us to move in a new and exciting direction as individuals, families, communities and businesses. It offers an exceptional opportunity for western North Carolina.

At BRSI, our current focus is in two areas: (1) create a model program that enables each person to take effective action in reversing climate change and (2) help western North Carolinians build economic security by relocalizing our economy. We believe that the Climate Now program, which is being developed in real time with ongoing community participation, provides a powerful and engaging way to reach both goals.

BRSI is also working to minimize the need for ongoing support from granting organizations whose resources are in heavy demand. We will use initial grants and other support to build a model of organizational sustainability and to share those skills with others. We sincerely thank you for your support and we welcome you to Climate Now!

Ian Booth, Program Director