SAL/UER Workshops

November 2020

Workshops share our perspective on current aspects of the climate emergency and offer tools of engaged listening to free ourselves and others from emotional hurts that have interfered with our thinking and functioning. Our workshops are interactive, giving participants the chance to share their experiences and be listened to as well as listen to others. 

All workshops are two hours, unless otherwise indicated, followed by an optional one-hour support group. 

Eliminating the Effects of Racism in Climate Activism

Thursday, November 12

18:00 — 20:00 GMT
1:00 — 3:00 PM EST

Followed by optional support group

In English, interpreted into French

Racism has had a deeply damaging and divisive effect on everyone. It shapes and perpetuates the inequities of our society. Understanding and healing the effects of racism on us as individuals is a necessary step in creating a movement that can sustain all life and restore the environment.

Fast Facts for Fast Fashion

Saturday, November 14

13:30 — 14:30 GMT
8:30 — 9:30 AM EST

Followed by optional support group

In English

Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world after oil. It produces more greenhouse emissions than international flights and shipping combined. Women are targeted by and vulnerable to the fashion industry. Women are also disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.

Self and Collective Care for Transformational Change

Saturday, November 14

18:00 —19:30 GMT
1:00 — 2:30 PM EST

Followed by optional support group

In English

To build and sustain a strong environmental movement, we need to have a place to share about the impact of the climate emergency on ourselves and about any discouragement we feel about taking action. We can share our passion for our work as we learn tools to support our climate activism.

Youth at the Forefront of the Climate Movement

Sunday, November 15

19:00 — 21:00 GMT
2:00 — 4:00 PM EST

Followed by optional support group

In English, interpreted into Spanish

Young people and young adults are a revolutionary force and have been at the forefront of many important social movements, including the climate movement today. The lack of respect for young people’s thinking and leadership abilities can mean that the important abilities we have to offer are underutilized.

Jews and Climate Justice: Building a United Front

Sunday, November 15

17:00 — 19:00 GMT
12:00 PM— 2:00 PM EST

Followed by optional support group

In English, interpreted into Hebrew and Spanish

Jews have a long history of bold action for justice. To create a sustainable future, we Jews must build alliances with all people. We need to understand and heal from the damage done by our long history of anti-Semitism, racism, and genocides in order to build the relationships we need for a powerful, united movement.

War and Climate Change

Monday, November 16

18:00 — 19:30 GMT
1:00 — 2:30 PM EST

Followed by optional support group

In English, interpreted into Arabic

Modern warfare has unleashed unprecedented environmental havoc in addition to tremendous loss of life. War is used as a tool of oppression and genocide to install the dominant culture and to take control of land and resources. The climate emergency cannot be resolved without ending war.

Expressing Climate Grief

Saturday, November 21

19:00 — 21:00 GMT
2:00 — 4:00 PM EST

Followed by optional support group

In English, interpreted into French and Spanish

The environmental crisis brings feelings of loss, fear, and frustration. Unless these feelings are healed, they interfere with our initiative, our hope for the future, and the intelligence and energy we need to respond effectively to the climate emergency. Openly expressing our emotions about the crisis can help us think better and take concrete action.

How to Lead Listening Circles

Sunday, November 22

10:00 — 12:00 GMT
5:00 — 7:00 AM EST

Followed by optional support group

In English, interpreted into Hindi

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.

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