December 27, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Zoom - register below for link
Barbara Gilbert, PhD

Climate of Community

True Power for Climate Resilience and Recovery

Sunday, December 27, 2020

3:00-5:00 pm CST on Zoom 

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“Climate anxiety” and “eco-grief” refer to the widespread distress people experience as the realities of the climate crisis set in.  Fear of what is to come and a sense of helplessness can wear us down.  We are often overwhelmed, unsure how to do anything meaningful enough to make the large scale and fast changes needed to turn this around.

Climate of Community is a grassroots group, a combined effort of a previous group based in Lawrence, KS and The Resilient Activist organization. Many other organizations are partnering, sponsoring, supporting us as well.

The process of how we go about developing community is integral in effectively responding to the climate crisis.

We are working to create a climate of Community

so the community can work effectively for the Climate.

This program is open to anyone in any location! With the power of online meetings, community groups can be defined by more than just geographic proximity.

Climate of Community is working to help our community, based on five concepts:

  1. We bear the burden of difficult things better as a bonded community than we can ever do as individuals;
  2. Sharing our stories authentically is part of the bonding and healing process that keeps us strong and effective;
  3. Finding our personal power and linking that with community power is the most effective we can be in addressing broad-scale difficulties;
  4. There are many paths to community bonding and healing, arising from diverse traditions and methods, and the more diverse our approaches the stronger we will be and remain.
  5. True Power is not “power over” others but “power to” advocate for and serve what matters to us.

In this event, Dr. Barbara Gilbert will teach and facilitate a process for moving from despair, grief, or anxiety to empowerment. We will also work to further develop connections among participants. Your voice–all voices–are essential to our strength.

In future events, other paths to moving from distress to empowerment regarding the climate crisis will be offered. In addition, we are working to help small local neighborhood groups and affinity groups form and will support them to be strong and effective.

Barbara Gilbert, PhD is a clinical psychologist currently in private practice in Lawrence, Kansas and has practiced clinically for 35 years. She also has experience addressing larger-scale barriers to healthy functioning of the whole community.  She offers a psychology-based path to True Power for Climate Resilience and Recovery. Connect with Dr. Gilbert at this link.

Co-SponsorsThe Resilient Activist, Haskell Indian Nations University; University of Kansas Center for Compassionate and Sustainable Communities; Lawrence, KS Public Library.

PartnersSunrise Movement-Lawrence; City of Lawrence, KS Sustainability Office; Be Moved Studio