Sustaining All Life at the United Nations Climate Talks (COP)
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Sustaining All Life has attended the UN Climate Conferences (Conference of the Parties or COPs) since 2015 in Paris and the Global Climate Action Summit (San Francisco, CA, USA) in 2018. Our goal is to bring the tools and understandings of RC to climate activists. We do that by bringing a delegation of RC leaders, supported by volunteers. We present workshops and forums, and hold support groups, caucuses, listening projects, and introductory classes.
Our events have been very well attended. Each year we build upon the momentum from the year before.
At our workshops the presenters share their perspective on current environmental issues and how we have used the tools of Re-evaluation Counseling to free ourselves and others from emotional hurts that have interfered with our functioning. Our workshops are interactive, giving participants the chance to share their experiences and be listened to.
At the forums, activists sign up for a 3 minute turn to speak about the impact of climate change on their people, stories of hope and courage in activism, and more. Periodically the flow of speakers is paused for the opportunity for the audience to exchange listening with one another in pairs.
Many, many listening projects are held, where small groups of SAL members encourage passers-by to share their thinking on key climate change issues, using questions such as:
What do you think about climate change? What should be done?
How do you feel about fossil fuels? Should we "leave them in the ground"?
Do you think wealthy nations should help less developed nations pay for environmental damage caused by climate change?
What gives you hope as a climate activist? What's hard for you about it?
What are you worried or scared about losing to climate change?
How can we build the movement we need to change everything?
Support groups and caucuses are offered daily, offering people a chance to be listened to about their feelings connected to climate change. Having the chance to share their anger, their discouragement, their hope in a mutually supportive group refreshes people and gives them fresh ideas for action. Group leaders also helped people think about how to set up support groups in their home communities.
An Introductory class in Re-evaluation Counseling is also held daily.
We are building relationships with climate activists in many countries, and many people are joining RC or starting local Communities after their contact with SAL.