Organising for Climate Action
Sat 2 Feb, 8 Castle St.
How do we begin to equip and tool ourselves and our communities for an uncertain future shaped by climate breakdown? How can we avoid succumbing to despair, or relying on hope alone, when we must act with urgency and care?
In October 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate released a report warning that there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. Following this many other reports and articles have argued that even this report is grossly underestimating the situation. Despite these the urgency in which these reports urge us to act, it is all to easy to become overwhelmed and demobilised. How can we not be consumed by apocalyptic thinking while recognising the severity of the situation and find a way to act together? How do we make environmental issues more urgent, more pertinent to our everyday lives, without slipping into discussions of individual choice and consumer activism?
To help us begin to find a way forward we have invited Tripod to organise a workshop which will help us gain the tools and support needed to organise for climate action. Tripod believe that to build community power and take effective action on climate change, we need strong local organisations that are strategic, inclusive and focused. This workshop will give us an introduction into their approach, which utilises a diverse mix of activities, balancing heart (emotions and intuition), hands (practical experiences) and head (theory and analytical thinking). Their training encourages collaborative, non-hierarchical decision making, mutual aid and solidarity.
More information on the workshop will follow shortly.
Booking is essential.
Tripod: Training for Creative Social Action is committed to strengthening struggles for social, economic and environmental justice. They offer training, facilitation, conflict mediation and other support to grassroots collectives, community and campaigning groups, cooperatives and non-profit organisations. Their work helps people to develop skills and work in better alignment with their visions and values. This means they can more effectively challenge multiple systems of oppression as broad-ranging as capitalism, ableism, patriarchy and racism and collaborate together to build alternatives. Their vision is of a world where communities organise for collective liberation by taking direct action, dismantling oppression, working together in solidarity,learning from experience and caring for one another.