Sustaining All Life/United to End Racism Events Earth Day 2021
Making a Climate for Families
Sustaining All Life/United to End Racism is offering a playful and supportive setting where we can have
fun together while looking at the topic of climate change.
Earth Day and week is a time to celebrate our wonderful sustaining planet and our connection to it. We will create a zoom space for young people and parents, teachers and allies, to have fun while we look at climate change and think together about how we will make the world we dream of possible. Parents know our children need clean and healthy air, water, food, and a place to live that is safe from floods, fires, and ever-more extreme weather. Our children deserve a future that is not threatened by climate change.
We will offer a main room and break out rooms for dancing, a musical concert (you can sing along at home), art, story telling, co-operative games and groups for parents to support each other and groups for young people to share their ideas.
The Work of SAL and UER
It is possible to limit the effects of human-caused climate change and restore the environment—and some big changes are needed if this is to happen. Sustaining All Life (SAL) and United to End Racism (UER) believe the environmental crisis cannot be resolved without ending racism, genocide of Indigenous peoples, classism, sexism, and other oppressions. The impact of environmental destruction and climate change falls most heavily on the groups targeted by these oppressions, and on other vulnerable populations (including populations of people who are elderly, disabled and very young).
To build a movement powerful enough to resolve the climate crisis, SAL and UER believe that the following barriers must be overcome: (1) longstanding divisions between nations and between groups of people caused by oppression (especially by racism, genocide of Indigenous people, and classism), (2) wide-spread feelings of discouragement and powerlessness, (3) a too-slow response to the escalating damage to the earth’s climate, (4) difficulties in effectively addressing the connections between the environmental crisis and the failures of our economic system.
We have found that these barriers are most quickly overcome as people heal from the mental and emotional harm caused by oppression. SAL and UER events provide opportunities for people to take turns listening to each other while encouraging emotional release. We become better able to think, speak out, organize, unite, and lead others in building a sustainable world.
SAL and UER are projects of and use the tools of Re-evaluation Counseling, which currently exists in 95 countries.