Those of us who were around when the agency was created know why and how it was. Peace Corps was a hope and a vision for the developing world. We could help poorer nations of the world. And we did. The Peace Corps changed the lives of many host country nationals and it also changed our lives.
Today, 60 years after the first PCVs went overseas, we have another world with new needs.
One of those needs is the climate all of us are living with. It is a problem we have wherever we live in the world.
President Biden has recently spoken about what must be done here at home.
What he hasn’t done is link today’s Peace Corps Volunteers with the needs for Climate Change in the developing world. This is the role, many of us think, that should be a new role for Volunteers in the coming decades. PCVs need to be involved.
PCVs on the ground in the developing world can help others as we help ourselves at home.
President Biden asked world leaders to take action to combat climate change collectively as he announced an aggressive new goal for greenhouse gas emissions. Biden pointed to actions the US would take, an effort to reassert US leadership and put the US back to the center of the global effort to address the climate crisis after the Trump administration largely disengaged. “The signs are unmistakable, the science is undeniable that the cost of inaction, it just keeps mounting. The United States isn’t waiting. We are resolving to take action, not only our federal government, but our cities and our states all across our country, small businesses, large corporations, American workers in every field,” he said.
How can Peace Corps Volunteers help with this world problem? What are your ideas?
What can today’s PCVs do? As…..
- Community Development
You know. You have been there. Write down your ideas and we’ll publish them on our site.
How can PCVs help and make a difference?
I suggest that all PCVS go overseas knowing Climate Change is one of their jobs. PCVs in training should go through an orientation on the problems they’ll face with the host country climate. Volunteers need to be supported with information in-country and on the Internet about what they can do. Peace Corps HQ needs to establish an Office of Climate Change so PCVs can email for information and assistance while overseas.
As we ‘restart’ the agency, let’s also reimagine the role of PCVs in the developing world, whether it is teaching about our change globe to students or helping our host families and villages by educating them about their lives, crops in the field, or fate if their nation.
We need to learn how to help control the climate for ourselves and for the people we have come to help.