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Sunday Jan 31, 2021 3-5 pm CST on Zoom
Our September 2020 focus group sessions are now complete … thank you to those who were able to participate!
Our development team is in the process of reviewing the robust notes from these sessions and designing community-building, supportive programming.
This is an invitation to you to join our email list on the right side of this page to be notified when programs are announced.
We hosted 14 90-minute focus group sessions with two to four participants in each discussion group.
Research results may take a few months and will be posted here as they become available.
Demographic results include:
14 focus group sessions with 46 participants from 5 countries; 44 demographic surveys returned
Women: 79.5% (35); Men: 20.5% (9)
Religious: 36.4% (16); Non-religious: 59.1% (26)**
Activist Identification: Mean = 6.34 (scale from 1 – 7)
Racial background: 90.9% (40) White, 9.1% (4) people of color (South Asian/Indian, African, Black, Asian)
Age: Mean = 44.66, Range = 25 -78
Political orientation: Mean = 2.23 (scale from -3[Strongly Conservative] to 3[Strongly Liberal])
The Resilient Activist is deeply grateful to Glenn Adams, Trevor Lies, and others from KU’s Department of Psychology for their time, energy, and attention to detail for this first phase of the study. It’s important work.
Comments during the focus group sessions were heartfelt and thoughtful and included:
“I work in a field where I can’t talk freely about what I think and feel about the environment, and I’m excited to have a space to do so.”
“I’m interested in discussing resiliency and trying to keep up my energy while advocating.”
“It can be discouraging to be involved in environmental groups.”
“I worry if my actions are enough to make a difference with the changes happening in the environmental world.”
“Seeking out articles on the internet to make myself feel better about the environment actually increased my eco-anxiety because it was hard to find positive news about the environment.”
Here’s the original invitation for the focus group study:
In February 2020, before we experienced public health measures in response to COVID-19, a group called True Power for Climate Recovery (TPCRR) met in Lawrence, KS at Haskell Indian Nations University to discuss concerns about climate change and to mobilize effective strategies to address “climate anxiety” and “eco-grief”.
These two groups have joined together, along with others, and are designing focus group discussions to be held via Zoom in a small-group setting to follow-up on these programs.
The focus groups will provide information for us to create programming that will support people who are concerned about climate change and ecological catastrophe to share their thoughts, to exchange ideas for addressing those concerns, to build connections to like-minded people in the community, and to continue this resilience and recovery work.
The structure of these focus group discussions will be informal. A facilitator will pose a few questions to start the discussion and will jump in when appropriate to make sure that all participants have an opportunity to contribute.
We think that your comments will be an important resource that can benefit all of us as we help each other cope with the massive challenges of the ecological crisis. For this reason, Glenn Adams and Trevor Lies from the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas have obtained permission from the KU Human Research Protection Program to treat the discussion as a research study. This will enable us to report and share insights from the discussion to a broader audience, while still honoring your privacy and other rights. For this reason, we ask that you read and retain the information statement before deciding whether or not to participate in a discussion group.
Those who agreed to join a discussion registered and were sent meeting information and the Zoom link.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Contact information is at the bottom of the Information Statement.