SAL/UER Workshops for Climate Week

September 21-27, 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 one and a half hours, followed by an optional one-hour support group. 

Subversive Catwalk: Women, Fast Fashion and Climate Justice

Monday, September 21

10:00 — 12:00 PM EDT
14:00 — 16:00 UTC

Followed by optional support group

In English, interpreted into French

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.

Ending Racism and Classism in the Climate Movement

Monday, September 21

1:00 — 2:30 PM EDT
17:00 — 18:30 UTC

Followed by optional support group

In Spanish and English, interpreted into English, French, Spanish, Hungarian

When our economy works as intended, it makes billions for a few people, at the cost of making billions of us poor and the near complete destruction of our natural ecosystems. No solution to ending racism, classism, or environmental degradation can come from this system. We must look at those forces in our movement to effectively address it.

How to Lead Listening Circles

Tuesday, September 22

10:00 — 11:30 AM EDT
14:00 — 15:30 UTC

Followed by optional support group

In English, interpreted into Hindi, Spanish, 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.

Jews and Climate Justice: Building a United Front

Wednesday, September 23

10:00 AM— 12:00 PM EDT
14:00 — 16:00 UTC

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.

Expressing Climate Grief

Wednesday, September 23

1:00 — 2:30 PM EDT
17:00 — 18:30 UTC

Followed by optional support group

In English, interpreted into 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.

Women, Girls, and Climate Justice

Thursday, September 24

1:00 — 2:30 PM EDT
17:00 — 18:30 UTC

Followed by optional support group

In English, Interpreted into Kikuyu and Spanish

The voices and leadership of women and girls are key in the fight for climate justice. The climate emergency disproportionately impacts girls and women, and sexism, racism, and classism multiply the impact. Women’s intelligence and understanding of the importance of relationships need to be at the center of climate solutions.

Building Resilient Movements to End the Climate Emergency

Friday, September 25

4:00 — 5:50 PM EDT
20:00 — 21:50 UTC

Followed by optional support group

In English, interpreted into French and Spanish

We who have been involved in social movements have been and continue to be a powerful force for social change. We know how to fight systems of oppression. We have also experienced interpersonal conflict and internalized oppression. Ending the climate emergency requires we have united, resilient movements.

Youth at the Forefront of the Climate Movement

Saturday, September 26

10:00 — 11:30 AM EDT
14:00 — 15:30 UTC

Followed by optional support group

In English and 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.

War and Climate Change

Saturday, September 26

1:00 — 2:30 PM EDT
17:00 — 18:30 UTC

Followed by optional support group

In English, interpreted into Spanish, French, 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.

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.

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.

EndingViolence Against Women

Friday, March 19, 2021

10:30 - 12:30 PM EST
3:30 - 5:30 PM GMT

Followed by optional support group

Ending sexual violence and healing its effects are necessary for the full empowerment of all women and girls. While sexual violence and threats of sexual violence are experienced by every woman and girl, the impact of this form of violence disproportionately affects women and girls who are poor, of color, young and/or marginalized. Our panel of grassroots women leaders from around the world will discuss a) the tools they have use to overcome the emotional effects of sexual violence in their own lives and b) how to help others to do the same.

Women, Girls, and Climate Justice

Friday, March 19, 2021

1:30 - 3:30 PM EST
5:30 - 7:30 PM GMT

Followed by optional support group

In English, Interpreted into Gikuyu and Spanish

The voices and leadership of women and girls are key in the fight for climate justice. The climate emergency disproportionately impacts girls and women, racism and classism multiplies the impact. Women’s intelligence and understanding of the importance of relationships need to be at the center of climate solutions. Our panel of grassroots women leaders from around the world will discuss the tools they have used to overcome internalized sexism and claim their rightful place as leaders and activists in the climate justice movement.

Subversive Catwalk: Women, Fast Fashion and Climate Justice

Saturday, March 20, 2021

11:30 - 1:30 PM EST
3:30 - 5:30 GMT

Followed by optional support group

In English, interpreted into French

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.

Making a Climate for Families

Sunday, April 18, 2021

12:00 — 2:00 PM NEW YORK
5:00 — 7:00 PM LONDON

Followed by optional support group

In English

A 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.

No Human Enemies

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

11:00 — 1:00 PM NEW YORK
4:00 — 6:00 PM LONDON

Followed by optional support group

In English interpreted into Spanish and Arabic

Addressing the climate crisis requires broad and powerful coalitions. However, oppression continually divide and separate people, making it harder to create and sustain these coalitions. In this workshop, we will move beyond the concept of “enemies” which fuels every form of separation.

Jews and Climate Justice: Building a United Front

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

11:00 — 1:00 PM NEW YORK
4:00 — 6:00 PM LONDON

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

The Emotional Burdens of Oppression and the Climate Crisis

Thursday, April 22, 2021

3:00 — 5:00 PM NEW YORK
8:00 — 10:00 PM LONDON

Followed by optional support group

In English, interpreted into French

Experiencing and learning about the impact of oppression on human lives, and the ways that oppression exacerbates climate change and its impact on people in vulnerable communities leaves us all with emotional burdens of grief, sadness and even despair. Having a chance to feel and heal these emotions can unleash our initiative and thinking to be able to more effectively address the climate crisis.

Sustaining Ourselves as Activists and Organizers

Saturday, April 24, 2021

3:00 — 5:00 PM NEW YORK
8:00 — 10:00 PM LONDON

Followed by optional support group

In English, interpreted into French

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.

Eliminating the Effects of Racism in Climate Activism

Sunday, April 25, 2021

1:00 — 3:00 PM NEW YORK
6:00 — 8:00 PM LONDON

Followed by optional support group

In English and 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.