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You may also wish to schedule a completely free one-to-one conversation with us.
Climate Cafes are becoming more popular, and there are several in Hertfordshire. Here are two we’re familiar with… do let us know of any more, and we’ll add them here.
Tips for Talking About It
(Created by participants on “The Edge” Retreat)
- Check in with yourself – what’s your state of mind? Don’t have the conversation unless and until you are peaceful, calm, clear and coming from Love. What’s the story you’re telling yourself about them? These conversations work best when you are loving, open, gentle, kind and curious.
- Have permission. Find common ground, and find out what they already care about. Only when they’re curious, and when you’re curious about their experience. (Everything is potentially connected with this)
- Speak from ‘I’ – tell your own story. Don’t try to prove things or cite facts. Share your feelings.
- Ask questions and listen empathically. Scrap the script. Commit to relationship vs “being right”
- Let go of outcome – whatever the outcome, it’s OK. It’s OK to not have all the answers.
- Offer a vision. Be the change that you want to see.
- Don’t waste energy – some conversations need leaving.
- Drip-feed is OK, and may even be preferable.
- Talk about ‘normal, every-day stuff’ sometimes!
- No preaching, finger-wagging or being patronising. Listen more than you talk. Be compassionate. No judgement.
- The feeling-tone of the conversation is often more important than the words you say
Written by Dr Louis Keal, this is a terrific book to ‘gift’ to others in your life to kickstart a conversation.
Are there members of your family, friends and colleagues who don’t “get it”?
This ‘gift book’ can help.
A Gift For Conversation: Let’s Discuss Climate Change is an interactive gift book, designed to get people talking about Climate Change.
It explains Climate Change in simple, clear and emotive ways, complete with beautiful illustrations.
There are sections YOU write! Use the power of your own story – your most persuasive tool.
“If they just knew the facts, surely they’d get it, right?” (Nope)
- It’s the social and cultural aspects of humanity where the barriers to change lie. There is lots of research going on into this.
- No correlation between intelligence or scientific literacy. Big correlation to political affiliation – the more ‘conservative’ the more people deny implications of the science. And also religious affiliations (particularly in the USA)
- The most dangerous myth is that climate change is a long way into the future, and in places far away, and won’t affect me or those I love.
- The most effective messengers are NUMBER ONE friends and family, followed by climate scientists
- When talking with people – don’t necessarily start with the science
- Start by connecting over things you both care about – and if you don’t know, find out. Are they a parent, what are their passions, what’s relevant in their geographical location, e.g. flooding, temperature, soaring insurance rates?
- Only then, connect the dots with how climate change affects us and those things we already care about.
- People are more impacted by what’s already happened, and is happening now – rather than what’s coming our way.
- The biggest thing that gives us hope is when we ACT, and we see other people acting.
- Give up the idea that you’re in control of the outcome. Create boundaries and ‘days off’ – you’re only human
Source: Webinar with Professor Katherine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, March 2020
British Public Perceptions of Climate Risk, Adaptation options and Resilience (Climate Outreach and Cardiff University)
- Climate change concern is at an all-time high, and adaptation policies are supported across the political spectrum – these are important starting points for public engagement
- Climate impacts are increasingly salient, with a surge in concern around extreme heat – this opens up a new front for engaging the public
- Climate change is getting ‘closer to home’ – show how climate risks are relevant to people’s lives by relating them to widely-shared values, and build efficacy by making the link to constructive solutions
- Framing messages – concerns about mitigation and adaptation reinforce each other and are perceived as two sides of the same coin
- Health risks, wellbeing and adaptation – make the connection and frame messages in this way, but don’t assume much existing knowledge
- Climate conversations need to go beyond discussions of emissions targets – a ‘just transition’ applies to adaptation as well
- From concern to commitment – deepening public engagement on climate change is the challenge ahead
What’s Mine to Do?
When we wake up to the meta-crisis unfolding around us, the question people often struggle with is “What is mine to do?”
How can I best be of service to the world, and what is my unique thread to pick up?
In this interview with David Baum, Kimberley Hare offers SEVEN PATHWAYS.
Collapse Club Interview January 2023
And here’s a blog that goes into a little more detail about the seven pathways:
Finding your Thread: Towards answering the Question “What is Mine to Do?” | HEART Community Group
“Do not try and save the world, or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create a clearing in the dense forest of your life – and wait there patiently.
Until the song that is your life drops into your cupped hands, and you recognise and greet it.
Only then will you know how to give yourself to this world so worthy of rescue”
The Edge Retreat
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Hunton Park Hotel, Hertfordshire
“The Edge” – a 4-day retreat (free to all) designed to help you connect with your resilience, courage and well-being. To stand tall in the face of our predicament, whilst honouring your grief and other emotions, and to discover what might be your ‘thread’ to pick up.
Are you somebody who has woken up to the climate and ecological crisis?
This is a 4-day retreat for people who wish to inquire, in good company, into the question “So, what now?”
“The retreat was beautiful, I went on such an incredible journey, and 4 days really gave me the space to drop into it. I feel like I now have the courage to follow my path with clarity, without the unnecessary attachment to fear, self-doubt and the overall outcome to the climate and ecological crisis. Kim is the most incredible teacher and I feel profoundly thankful to have had this opportunity. Thank you.” Rowan Henthorne.
“I came with an open mind and high expectations. What I was seeking was not exactly clear – I just knew that this was a moment. What I found was one of the most profound experiences of my life. Love manifest – fears faced – clarity found – direction clear.” Myles Daly
Are you Community Resilient?
Great self-assessment resilience checklist broken down into preparedness categories:
Community, Emotional, Practical, Food, Water, Shelter, Energy, Transportation, Finances, Safety & Security, Health & Wellness, Technology and Communication.
The Checklist – Local Resilience Project
There can be no guarantees that a high score will ‘immunise’ you from all of the challenging disruptions ahead, but investing time in completing The Checklist will deepen your appreciation of how strengthening your resilience to deal with the ‘greatest existential threat in human history’ is a smart thing to do.
The Checklist essentially acts as a ‘resilience detector’, highlighting strengths and weakness in your household, and can be a major catalyst for positive change in your life: drawing attention to how you connect with your community, take care of your body and mind, understand your food and water supplies, secure your technology and finance and much more.
While The Checklist can inspire you to live more resiliently and consciously, it won’t slow global warming, replace lost forests or bring back extinct species. The Checklist is not about ‘saving the planet’. It’s about figuring out what you can do to place your household on a more resilient footing for a challenging future
Our first hyper-local resilience project
Sopwell Eco-Stars: How resilient is your community?
Our first ‘hyperlocal’ resilient community project began in Sopwell, St Albans this year, working in partnership with Sopwell Residents Association and other local organisations.
Kate and Chantal, together with former Sustainable St Albans trustee Gail Jackson have set up this community response project in their local area, making the case for adaptation and resilience, as well as mitigation.
Working with partners, sessions so far have included a repair fair and seasonal cooking sessions, with clothes swaps and energy & insulation events planned. Next year will see a big push to engage with local community leaders, assess the resilience of community buildings and beginning a hyperlocal community-led climate risk assessment and adaptation and climate action plans.
Hear more about it in this short radio conversation, and also at our annual general meeting in January.
Growing Food Together
- To promote the benefits of sustainable, localised food production.
- To promote the benefits of reduced food waste.
- To encourage and enable local residents to: grow their own food at home and in community spaces; reduce food waste; share surplus food in the community and with local charity groups.
- To promote wildlife conservation and restoration projects and encourage local residents to participate in these projects.
- To connect ongoing initiatives and bring the community together through activities related to the above aims (e.g. growing and preserving food, building infrastructure, competitions, providing food for local events, wildlife events).
Climate Emergency Centres
A growing network of these hubs are doing great work across the UK. The network provide a fabulous handbook containing everything you need to set one up in your local area – check out their website.
“THE ESTABLISHMENT OF EMPTY BUILDINGS AS INSPIRATIONAL COMMUNITY HUBS FOR THE BENEFIT OF PEOPLE AND PLANET.”
What makes a CEC?
1 It has a solutions focus- for people and planet
2 It is local and inclusive- focused on meeting community needs
3 It is an active part of a wider network- for mutual support and cooperation
The project self-funds by using a business model that enables owners of currently vacant business premises to reduce their Business Rates payments by up to 100% through ‘meanwhile leasing’ the property for community benefit to a not for profit / charitable organisation (the CEC). This means the project can acquire a vacant property to use to generate income through activities that meet local community needs in a sustainable way.
In addition, the property owner can build good relationships with the local community and the local Council through supporting a creative and positive sustainability initiative.
Undaunted: Living Fiercely into Climate Meltdown
Conversation with Carolyn Baker and Michael Shaw Summer 2022
So much wisdom here from Climate Psychologist Carolyn Baker – highly recommended
Finding Solid Ground in an Age of Threat
Conversation with Meg Wheatley and Michael Shaw Summer 2022
A whole range of useful resources on Mutual Aid, Community Resiliency and Disaster Collectivism
Blogs from Professor Jem Bendell about Emotional and Psychological Implications:
- Emotional support in face of climate tragedy
- After acceptance – some responses to anticipating collapse
- Fourteen Recommendations on Living Beyond Collapse-Denial
- Hope in a time of climate chaos – a speech to psychotherapists
- Forgiving the destructive tendency in everyone as climate chaos grows
- How Everything Can Collapse – my foreword to new book
Active Hope Online Course
This is a free video-based seven-week online course that takes you on a journey through seven areas that can nourish our ability to make a difference in the world. While we suggest a week for each module, you can do it at your own pace and take longer if you prefer.
Facilitated by Chris Johnstone, who has worked with Joanna Macy for decades, and was the co-author of the book “Active Hope”.
Joining the course is a simple two step process. First please sign up to this online learning platform using the sign up link at the top. Then click on ‘enrol now’ button on the course information page at https://activehope.training/p/active-hope-foundations-training
A fabulous resource for all who are awake to the predicaments we face. Michael Dowd offers nourishment in the form of resources, and 75+ recorded conversations with leading activists, scientists, spiritual leaders and thinkers. As many of us have discovered, ‘Post-Doom’ is a very different place than ‘doom’! It’s about what opens up when we remember who we are, accept the inevitable, honour our grief, and prioritize what is pro-future and soul-nourishing. It’s a fierce and fearless reverence for life and relative equanimity even in the midst of abrupt climate change, a global pandemic, and collapse of both the health of the biosphere and business as usual. It’s about living meaningfully, compassionately, and courageously no matter what.
Courage and acceptance in troubled times | Catherine Ingram | TEDxByronBay
In this poignant talk, Catherine Ingram draws on her 40 years of experience as a dharma teacher and ex-journalist to give us her practical suggestions to help us cope with a world of intersecting crises. Catherine Ingram is an internationally renowned dharma teacher and former journalist specialising in empathic activism. She has led silent retreats and public seminars since 1992. Her long-form essay “Facing Extinction,” which has been downloaded over a million times, addresses some of our most pressing existential threats while enjoining us to find courage and understanding in facing them.
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