The calendar shows events we are part of, and events we are sponsoring. For more events of interest, check out our partners Climate Council of Kansas City and Deep Roots KC.

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Apr
17
Sat
Climate Conversations: Visionary Activist AY Young @ Zoom - register below for link
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
We are delighted to have our next
Climate Conversations 
with

Visionary Activist AY Young

Musician | Entrepreneur | United Nations Global Young Leader

Sat. April 17, 2021 10-11 am CDT on Zoom

Watch Party for Earth Festival 2021 Online Earth Day Celebration

where AY will be the Keynote Speaker

Join us before the start of the Earth Festival to …

  • meet AY, UN’s Global Young Leader from the USA, and learn about his upcoming sustainability projects
  • learn about the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda and Global Goals for Sustainable Development (17 SDGs)
  • explore topics you’re passionate about to nurture a sustainable planet and see how your ideas fit into the SDGs
  • experience a preview taste of AY’s uplifting and joyful music as he creates his next album with 17 new songs for the planet

“It’s all about one action every day towards your dreams or goals or towards sustainability. If we all take one action, like outlets, we can change the world.”           

~Visionary Activist AY Young

Register here:

Register separately for events during Earth Festival 2021 Online Earth Day Celebrationthat begins 11 am, immediately after the watch party.

AY Young, a Kansas City, MO singer-songwriter, dancer, producer, and sustainability advocate has been named by the United Nations as “1 of 17” 2020 World Youth Leaders, after having been selected from 18,000 nominations from 186 countries. AY is the only Youth Leader selected from the United States.

AY, who is one of the first artists in the world to power his concerts with 100% renewable energy, was recognized by a national energy publication, The Energy News, as one of the “40 Under 40” leaders and innovators from across the United States for their work to transition to a clean energy economy.

Connect with AY!           Battery Tour             AY-MusiK

Starting Small: Simple Steps to a More Sustainable Lifestyle @ Zoom - register below for link
Apr 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Starting Small: Simple Steps to a More Sustainable Lifestyle

Saturday, April 17, 2-3 pm CDT

On Zoom

Unwanted toys in a recycling bin

The reality of climate change is scary, and it can feel overwhelming to do your part to slow it down. Join Sami Aaron, founder of The Resilient Activist, in a lively conversation with Leslie Scott, founder of Re.Use.Full, to explore simple ways to a more earth-centered, sustainable lifestyle!

We’ll introduce you to the Five Essentials for a Resilient World and answer your questions about how you can easily implement these ideas into your everyday life.

All participants will receive access to our helpful handout:

A Home Checklist: What can one family do to make a difference for the climate?

Register here:


Re.Use.Full is a free site that encourages simple, sustainable living in the KC metro by connecting donors with gently used items to the people, pets, and nonprofits that need them.

Leslie Scott is the founder of Re.Use.Full and Do More Good, a social enterprise that creates capacity-building technology solutions that help people change the world.

Apr
18
Sun
Resilience and Morning Meditation @ Zoom
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Image by Angela C from Pixabay

Join The Resilient Activist for

Morning Meditation

Sundays 9 – 10 am CDT

On Zoom

These weekly practices are suitable for anyone – from new meditators to those with a deep and long-standing practice.

They will follow the format of daily meditations we offered during the COVID-19 shut-ins. This article will give you an idea of what to expect.

Support The Resilient Activist

Classes are offered at no charge. If you’re financially secure, a suggested donation of $15 per session will help us continue to provide programs like this one!


Register here for Zoom Meeting ID:

“I come every week because it’s the only place I can go to receive a breathing practice, and I come for the community that I really value.” TH

“I like the idea of community also. Especially with the virus and having to stay at home, I realize I’ve felt the need to connect with people. I love the idea of the consciousness, the awareness, and the emphasis on nature. That’s important to me.” DP

“I always wanted to learn more about meditation and I’m grateful for the opportunity to come and learn. I’m getting a lot out of it. I can tell that my ability to deal with circumstances is getting better about certain things.” AM

“There are not many places I can go and have this type of conversation and feel comfortable.” JG

“I come to meditation because it’s like my weekly reset. Even when things get busy and flustered and whatever, if I come here and I do it, it’s like a brand new start to my week and I feel better. It’s my must.” CJ

“I feel like I have friends here even though I’ve never met most of the others in person.” JB

“I’m here because this is such a perfect little sangha that we have going on Sunday mornings. I meditate a couple of times a day, but this is something special because every week it’s something different and very rewarding to do.” DB

Image by silviarita from Pixabay
Apr
21
Wed
Five Essentials for a Resilient World @ JCCC @ Zoom
Apr 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Five Essentials for a Resilient World @ JCCC @ Zoom

This is a private event for students and staff at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS.

Apr
24
Sat
Interwoven: An Earth Month Retreat @ Christ's Peace House of Prayer and on Zoom
Apr 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Thich Nhat Hanh said, “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”

Like the threads of a great tapestry, our lives are intricately interwoven.

Join Sami Aaron of The Resilient Activist and Tracy Ochester, PsyD of the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness for a half-day retreat April 24th from 9 am – 1 pm reconnecting with the Earth, our heart’s highest intentions, and one another.

We will explore mindfulness as a fundamental skill for tapping into the deep well of healing that nature freely provides and resourcing ourselves for the transformative inner and outer work of environmental and social justice.

Meet with us on-site on the beautiful wooded property of Christ’s Peace House of Prayer in Easton, KS (this is a secular retreat unaffiliated with the venue) or online via Zoom.

When: Saturday 4/24/21 from 9 am – 1 pm Central Daylight Time

Where: 22131 Meagher Rd, Easton, KS 66020 (about 1 hour’s drive from Johnson County, KS)

                 OR on Zoom

Cost: (20% discount for MAM members & The Resilient Activist board)

  • Online: $60
  • Onsite: $95 (includes snacks and tea)
  • Donation option to support others (please contact us if you would like to attend but are unable to afford the tuition)

Read more and register here to join us On-Site, in person.

Read more and register here to join us Online, on Zoom.

Apr
25
Sun
Resilience and Morning Meditation @ Zoom
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Image by Angela C from Pixabay

Join The Resilient Activist for

Morning Meditation

Sundays 9 – 10 am CDT

On Zoom

These weekly practices are suitable for anyone – from new meditators to those with a deep and long-standing practice.

They will follow the format of daily meditations we offered during the COVID-19 shut-ins. This article will give you an idea of what to expect.

Support The Resilient Activist

Classes are offered at no charge. If you’re financially secure, a suggested donation of $15 per session will help us continue to provide programs like this one!


Register here for Zoom Meeting ID:

“I come every week because it’s the only place I can go to receive a breathing practice, and I come for the community that I really value.” TH

“I like the idea of community also. Especially with the virus and having to stay at home, I realize I’ve felt the need to connect with people. I love the idea of the consciousness, the awareness, and the emphasis on nature. That’s important to me.” DP

“I always wanted to learn more about meditation and I’m grateful for the opportunity to come and learn. I’m getting a lot out of it. I can tell that my ability to deal with circumstances is getting better about certain things.” AM

“There are not many places I can go and have this type of conversation and feel comfortable.” JG

“I come to meditation because it’s like my weekly reset. Even when things get busy and flustered and whatever, if I come here and I do it, it’s like a brand new start to my week and I feel better. It’s my must.” CJ

“I feel like I have friends here even though I’ve never met most of the others in person.” JB

“I’m here because this is such a perfect little sangha that we have going on Sunday mornings. I meditate a couple of times a day, but this is something special because every week it’s something different and very rewarding to do.” DB

Image by silviarita from Pixabay
Climate of Community: Power of Respect for Climate Resilience and Recovery @ Zoom - register below for link
Apr 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Climate of Community

True Power for Climate Resilience and Recovery

Power of Respect for Climate Resilience and Recovery

Sunday, April 25, 2021

3:00-5:00 pm CST on Zoom 

Register here for the Zoom link:

“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.

In this April 2021 session, Dr. Barbara Gilbert will teach the meaning of Respect in the True Power Paradigm and how developing the practice of Respect will empower us at many levels. Practicing Respect for self, others, and all life will empower us to effectively address the eco distress we might be feeling, but also to find and do our part in addressing the climate crisis.

Come join us for discussion, skills, and connection with like-minded others.


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.

Barbara Gilbert, Ph.D. 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