Online events November 2020 - From the Ground Up: Global Gathering for Climate Justice
Self and Collective Care for Transformational Change
Activists and organizers are more important than ever. To build and sustain a strong environmental movement we need a place to share the impact the climate emergency has on us and any discouragement we feel about taking action. Saving the planet is an empowering, exciting, and motivating mission, but it can feel really hard on us. We need support to maintain and build connections with each other and to address difficulties together.
Join us to:
★ Create a brave and safe space among activists to talk about burnout, emotions, wellbeing, and resilience
★ Work collectively on strategies to help ensure our activism is joyful and fun
★ Share personal experiences so we can learn as a group
★ Learn the approaches used by Sustaining All Life and Greenpeace International to increase our effectiveness in the climate justice movement, prevent burnout and heal from the damage of living in our oppressive societies
There will be an optional Listening Circle for an hour immediately following the workshop for further practice using these tools.
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.