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Hosting and facilitating a climate café

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A workshop for people in the helping professions, enabling you to host and facilitate Climate Cafés. The event will now take place online.

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As it becomes more evident that climate change is not a far-away problem but a clear and present danger to our own safety and wellbeing, people increasingly need to talk about what our changing climate means for them in terms of impacts at a personal, familial and societal level. We need to imagine it in some detail so as to be able to think about it constructively and clear-sightedly, and to explore some complex feelings and thoughts which may often be taboo and hard to talk about.

A climate café enables this kind of exploration. It is a simple, hospitable, empathetic process that offers a space where fears and uncertainties can be safely expressed, leading, over time, to greater emotional resilience and understanding.

The focus of discussion is the participants’ thoughts and feelings about the climate crisis. There are no guest speakers and no talks, and it is an advice-free zone. This is psychologically important, helping to create the supportive atmosphere.

Climate Psychology Alliance members are establishing climate cafés in communities across the UK, including London, and we want to see them taking place in every location.

This workshop will support participants to develop the confidence to set up their own climate café. It will cover the psychology of the climate and ecological emergency, a taster climate café, building a toolkit of resources, and a discussion of the organisation and facilitation of climate cafés.

The facilitators:

  • Gillian Ruch, Professor of Social Work at the University of Sussex and an experienced facilitator of reflective groups, including Climate Cafés.
  • Rebecca Nestor, doctoral researcher at the Tavistock Centre, who has been facilitating Climate Cafés in Oxford for two years.

This event will now take place via Zoom. Details and a link will be sent to registered participants.

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