“The enormous transformations to our planet from climate change can have powerful effects on our emotions, making us grieve what is lost.”

– Panu Pihkala, expert in eco-anxiety and adjunct professor of environmental theology at the University Helsinki.

Complex emotional responses come up in response to the climate crisis. Allowing oneself the time to truly feel and work through one’s emotional responses is essential in preventing burnout. Through our Climate Courage Workshops, we seek to provide emotional support, resources, tools, and community support.

The purpose of the Climate Courage Workshops is multifold:

(1) To create a space which supports young climate leaders to lean into their feelings about the climate crisis and to make room for the safe expression of these feelings. Increasing one’s capacity to bear witness to the difficulties we are facing and sharing our experiences with the support of others through community increases emotional resilience. Feelings naturally flow and change, and expressing them supports that natural movement.

(2) To assist young climate leaders in the creation of a self-care plan to sustain them for the long-term. The leaders will identify their strengths and weaknesses in their care for themselves, and create a plan for addressing the areas of self-care which they identify as areas needing focus for long-term sustainability in climate work.

(3) To support young climate leaders in creating a vision for themselves as resilient leaders in their communities. Youth climate leaders will identify specific ways that the principle of standing for a sustainable, just and fulfilling future could operate in their lives as a leader within their community.

1. Feelings about Climate Change and Climate Work

2. Creating a Self-Care Plan

3. Becoming a Climate Leader in Your Community
(1) Establish psychological safety and group norms
(2) Discuss feelings about climate change and climate work
(1) Introduce self-care
(2) Create self-care goals
(3) Discuss self-care challenges and strengths
(1) Celebrate success
(2) Discuss being a climate leader in your community

 

Register for Workshop 1 of 2022:

Each workshop consists of 2 sessions, across 2 weeks (about 2 hours each week), and is capped at 15 participants. If you apply to participate, you must commit to attending both sessions. These workshops are for youth, aged 13 to 30 (with some flexibility for people aged 30-35). Spots are available on a first come, first served basis, and others will be placed on a waiting list. As spots become available, we will notify people on our waitlist first.

Climate Courage Word Glossary!

With the help of our workshop participants and our TCI community, we are developing a Climate Courage Word Glossary to equip everyone with words to express their feelings related to climate change. Do you know any words you would like to add? Submit your words and definitions here. All languages welcome!