The National Rural Assembly is pleased to be a member of the Rural Climate Network, which was born at the 2011 National Rural Assembly, and the Rural Compact is among its foundational documents.

Rural communities are on the front lines of climate change, and this group represents a collaboration of rural organizations that are working on climate policy development and implementation to ensure it meets the needs of all of our communities. Rural, natural resource-dependent communities are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, as they are often those most closely linked to natural ecosystems for their economic, social and environmental well-being. The Rural Climate Network is intended to foster collaboration that will eventually get at the complex issues that create rural injustices.

Members of this network share social and technical approaches to climate change between agriculture, forestry, and other natural resource dependent communities. This work connects rural leaders in order to generate and respond to state and national climate change policies.

To find out more about the work of the RCN and its members, see the Rural Climate Network web site.

How to participate

To contact the Rural Climate Network with questions, comments, or membership interest, email Tara Ritter at

You can sign up for the RCN newsletter here, and you can also subscribe to email alerts from the National Rural Assembly, which includes information about climate change, as well as other rural issues.

 Credit: Pierre Klemas
Credit: Pierre Klemas