Climate change is a global problem with intense local effects. The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation sponsored and broadly publicized a forum at which diverse elements of our largely rural community -- beset by a decade of extreme weather resulting in millions and millions of dollars of property damage, crop loss, and even loss of life -- heard from four speakers. Presenting the problem side in our forum were a charismatic local weatherman/climatologist and a county engineer/infrastructure expert. On the solutions side were an Illinois Extension disaster mitigation expert and a regional clean energy district organizer. This program created a catalyst for our county board to resolve to consider climate change in future decisions and resulted in increased interest in creating a local green energy district. We believe our forum is replicable by other land trust conservation educators and can make an impact in their communities. The goal of the workshop will be to explain how we put this program together, provide examples of speakers and content that we consider critical and to engage with participants in thinking about their own local communities and how they can take our template and apply it to their particular situations.