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Jun
24
Mon
Climate Café Gathering @ Online via Zoom
Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

In collaboration with the

American Library Association

and its

Sustainability Roundtable,

The Resilient Activist

is delighted to invite you to join our

Climate Café Gatherings

2024 Climate Cafe Flier + MarchApril-May-June Dates

Monday, June 24, 2024, 6-7:30 pm CT on Zoom

The Resilient Activist is excited to announce our collaboration with the American Library Association and its Sustainability Roundtable to offer our unique interpretation of Climate Café Gatherings!

This is your best opportunity to connect with a community that gets you, with folks who are experiencing many of the emotions that climate change has brought out in your heart and mind.

Register at this link!

Climate Café Gatherings are community-based supportive gatherings to nurture and enhance the emotional well-being of those who are experiencing the negative emotional impacts of climate change, severe weather events, drought, wildfires, environmental destruction, and more.

Each session will include facilitators from The Resilient Activist as well as a Climate-Aware Therapist to guide the conversations in ways that are supportive and nurturing.

Who should attend?

This pilot event is for two audiences:

  • Anyone who would appreciate being in a supportive space to explore how climate change and ecological destruction make you feel.
  • Librarians who would like to experience a Climate Café to learn what it is all about. This event is part of a pilot project to introduce librarians around the U.S. to our Climate Café gatherings via Zoom to envision hosting future in-person “watch party” Cafés in their local libraries.

So gather your favorite beverage and a journal, settle into a comfortable spot with your Zoom window open, and just be yourself.

This is your invitation to join others as they express their fears, learn coping skills, be inspired to increase their environmental activism in healthy and sustainable ways and build a community of others – locally and online – who are experiencing many of the same concerns.

Register at this link!

Past participants’ reflections

I really value a space where we can feel all the intensity of feelings around where we are in the climate and extinction crisis: dread, rage & grief are allowed, and nobody thinks you’re overreacting by focusing on activism.    ~Michelle M.

This community is special to me because it is a place where I can share my concerns and strong emotions about climate change knowing I will be understood and accepted.   ~Anne M.

Community to me means connection to others and fostering a sense of belonging with my fellow beings. It also means holding space with others… to “allow” them to speak their truth and to “understand” their perspectives. And I love the guided meditation!   ~Vic P.

As a woman, I feel more empowered to take better care of my emotional, spiritual, mental, & physical well-being.  That way I can be more centered and present for myself and for others.   ~Maria P.

Coffee cup with Climate Cafés

Jun
26
Wed
Navigating Climate Anxiety Through Intergenerational Connection @ Online on Zoom
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Join CoGenerate, Climate Mental Health Network and Third Act for an interactive workshop about how intergenerational engagement, from Generation Alpha to the Silent Generation, can help you navigate your anxiety around climate change. You will hear from a panel of speakers and participate in activities designed to help you connect with people across ages in your own life.

Speakers include:

  • Bill McKibben, Founder of Third Act
  • Sami Aaron, Founder of The Resilient Activist
  • Heidi Pan, Environmental Activist
  • Abhay Singh Sachal, Founder and Executive Director of Break The Divide
  • Harriet Shugarman, Founder of ClimateMama
  • Lani Ritter Hall, Volunteer with Third Act

The event with be introduced by Climate Mental Health Network founder Sarah Newman and moderated by CoGenerate Digital Communications Specialist Duncan Magidson. Participants will leave the workshop armed with new resources and tools to build meaningful intergenerational connections for emotional wellbeing and sustained climate activism.

Jul
16
Tue
July JEDI Book Club – The Lightmaker’s Manifesto by Karen Walrond @ Online Via Zoom
Jul 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Cover of the book The Lightmaker's Manifest by Karen Walrond

For our July 2024 JEDI Book Club we will be reading The Lightmaker’s Manifesto: How to Work for Change Without Losing Your Joy by Karen Walrond. Here is the Goodreads Summary:

“Karen Walrond shines her light so we can find our own.” –Brené Brown Many of us have strong convictions. We want to advocate for causes we care about–but which ones? We want to work for change–but will the emotional toll lead to burn out? Leadership coach, lawyer, photographer, and activist Karen Walrond knows that when you care deeply about the world, light can seem hard to find. But when your activism grows out of your joy–and vice versa–you begin to see light everywhere. In The Lightmaker’s Manifesto , Walrond helps us name the skills, values, and actions that bring us joy; identify the causes that spark our empathy and concern; and then put it all together to change the world. Creative and practical exercises, including journaling, daily intention-setting, and mindful self-compassion, are complemented by lively conversations with activists and thought leaders such as Valarie Kaur, Brené Brown, Tarana Burke, and Zuri Adele. With stories from around the world and wisdom from those leading movements for change, Walrond beckons readers toward lives of integrity, advocacy, conviction, and joy. By unearthing our passions and gifts, we learn how to joyfully advocate for justice, peace, and liberation. We learn how to become makers of light.

Jul
27
Sat
Four Steps for a Resilient Life with Missouri River Bird Observatory @ Missouri River Bird Observatory
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Aug
20
Tue
August JEDI Book Club – Yellowface by R.F. Kuang @ Online Via Zoom
Aug 20 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Cover of the book Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

For our August 2024 JEDI Book Club we will be reading Yellowface by R.F. Kuang. This wasn’t on our original list but was a late recommendation and gives us a good opportunity to wade back into fiction. Here is the Goodreads Summary:

Athena Liu is a literary darling and June Hayward is literally nobody.

White lies
When Athena dies in a freak accident, June steals her unpublished manuscript and publishes it as her own under the ambiguous name Juniper Song.

Dark humour
But as evidence threatens June’s stolen success, she will discover exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.

Deadly consequences…
What happens next is entirely everyone else’s fault.

With its totally immersive first-person voice, Yellowface grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media. R.F. Kuang’s novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable.

About the Author:

Rebecca F. Kuang is a Marshall Scholar, translator, and award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Poppy War trilogy and Babel: An Arcane History, among others. She has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford; she is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale.