How to Lead Listening Circles
Sunday November 22 How to Lead Listening Circles: (10 am – 12 pm GMT) (interpreted into Hindi) Listening circles are a powerful way to build a strong, united climate movement. Facing
Sunday November 22
How to Lead Listening Circles: (10 am – 12 pm GMT) (interpreted into Hindi)
Listening circles are a powerful way to build a strong, united climate movement. Facing climate breakdown and global injustice brings up many emotions, including anger, discouragement, and grief. When we ignore our strong feelings over time, they can interfere with our thinking, which makes our activism less effective. Taking turns listening gives each of us more space to express whatever we feel. Then we think more clearly.
In this workshop, we will:
★ Offer guidelines for running climate listening circles
★ Listen to each other in groups and pairs with undivided, respectful attention
★ Learn the approaches used by Sustaining All Life (SAL) to heal from the emotions we experience in reaction to the climate crisis, increasing our effectiveness in the climate justice movement and preventing burnout
★ Learn tools to take back to our home communities and organizations to help others notice, feel, and release emotions
SAL thinks big changes in society are needed to solve the climate emergency and restore the environment. We believe the environmental crisis cannot be resolved without ending racism, genocide toward Indigenous peoples, classism, sexism, and other oppressions. We think making these changes will require a large, powerful, and inclusive movement, spanning the globe.
We are working to address the barriers to building this movement. We offer tools of mutual support, engaged listening, and a process that frees people from the effects of hurts and oppression. We can also use these tools to remove many of the difficulties of working together. This personal work heals the internal damage from hurts and oppression and, as a result, people are able to think more clearly about the climate crisis, build and strengthen alliances, and fully enjoy working together to set the world right. This healing work also builds courage and stamina, and the confidence that we can create a just, sustainable future for everyone.
(Sunday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm