Re-Authoring Teaching identified a dozen Hot Topics guiding our narrative training activities. With the dramatic signs of climate change everywhere, we renamed Earth’s Environmental Crises and Opportunities for Change (EECO) as a BURNING Topic. We want to highlight various initiatives and resources that can help you and your clients answer the question, What can I do, no matter how big or little? How can I show up?
Jenny and Akansha met on the bluff of Puget sound in late May 2022, to work on this shared commitment. Eagles and osprey wheeled by at eye level as we sat, exalting with them in the dancing artscape of clouds, water. This is the deep home of the Suquamish, ‘people of the clear salt water.’ In all this beauty, we both felt uplifted, lucky to be alive. We spoke of the Southern Orca Pod, felt Shadow time and remembered the mother from this pod who carried her starved-dead baby on her back for 17 days for the world to witness. We feel you mama Orca. In these crazy times, the losses and possibilities are so tender and so strong.
In this spirit, we embark on our community’s EECO initiative. Our team has contributed to, researched, and gathered refreshed resources to offer our clients, ourselves, & wider communities, (Bookmark our page for easy access) centered on the following themes:
From narrative colleagues around the world: publications/collabs/ courses/consultation group
General mental health resources and education for practitioners
Climate Justice from an Intersectional Lens
Resources supporting young people
Resources for activism—taking it outside the room.
This news blog and annotated resource is the first in a series to support you in this work. Our current featured resource is Regeneration, a website described as a “response to the urgency of the climate crisis.” Scroll down to learn more and watch a brief video.
We are wondering how are you and the people in your life and work doing? What possibilities are you exploring. Let’s hear from each other.
With love of our breath-givingly beautiful planet
Jenny Freeman (Berkeley USA), Merle Conyer (Sydney, Australia), Akansha Vaswani-Bye (Seattle, USA) & Peggy Sax (Vermont, USA)
What Brings You Joy?
Consider what you’re good at, what you love, and what needs help. Your climate sweet spot is where those things intersect. Marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson has created this Venn diagram to help people find their place in climate action. (Courtesy The All We Can Save Project)
How do you or I respond to a mounting public and mental health crises as ‘the temperature’–literal and metaphoric–goes up, shapes the wild winds, rain and her patterns, dwindling ice, bees, food, and water security? People are not all in the same boat: the injustices of the extractive economy are rooted in racism, and now with climate crisis, manifest in disposable communities. Naming collective problems, creating collective healing, regenerative justice– what healing part can we and our clients play? Do we have reasonable hope?
Regeneration is a website described as a “response to the urgency of the climate crisis." Watch Paul Hawken, founder of the project, describing why local change matters and how we, as individuals, can think about climate change. Included on the website are challenges and solutions that can spark stepping into agency.