SAL/UER Forums for Climate Week
September 21-27, 2020
At Sustaining All Life/United to End Racism forums, individuals speak to the group for three to four minutes about the impact of climate change on their people and their land, stories of hope and courage in activism, and more. These are important opportunities to hear directly from people already impacted by climate change and fellow activists. Periodically the flow of speakers is paused so the audience can exchange listening with one another in pairs and share their reactions, or tell their own story.
All forums are one and a half hours, followed by an optional one-hour support group.
Flyers and a registration page will be available soon, please check back.
Voices of Latin America
Tuesday, September 22, 4 pm EDT/ 20:00 UTC
In Spanish and English
People from Latin America will speak from their personal experiences on how their countries and communities are being impacted by climate change now and share their experiences of organizing in Latin America to end the climate emergency.
Personal Stories of Activism to Communicate
Hope and Courage
We need stories of hope and courage to inspire and unite us, and so many are never reported in the media. This “open forum” welcomes activists to share personal stories of activism that communicate hope and courage. Listening to one another’s experiences as activists is an important part of building our movement.
How to Lead Listening Circles
Interpreted into Hindi, Spanish, and Italian
Listening circles are a powerful way to build a strong, united climate movement. Facing climate breakdown and global injustice brings up many emotions, including anger, discouragement, and grief. If we continually push our feelings down, they can interfere with our thinking, which makes our activism less effective. Taking turns listening gives each of us more space than usual to express whatever we feel. Then we think more clearly.
Pacific Island Voices
Interpretation into Tagalog, Bisaya, Japanese
Indigenous people have occupied the Pacific Islands for thousands of years, living sustainably and compatibly with the environment. People from the Pacific Islands will speak from their personal experiences on how the climate crisis threatens their homes, way of life, their very existence and how they organize to stop it.
Young People Leading on the Climate Emergency
Young people are playing leading roles in our organizations and movements. Young activists will speak about their personal experiences and challenges as they organize against climate change and for climate justice.
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Interpreted into Igbo, Mina, Fante, Lingala and Gikuyu
from Africa will speak from their personal experiences on how their countries and communities are being impacted by climate change now and share their experiences of organizing in Africa to end the climate emergency.
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