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The Parents' Climate Community Gathering

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The Parents' Climate Community Gathering

As parents, we’re stuck in this Catch-22: we are deeply invested in sustaining a habitable planet for the next generation, yet we are already so slammed with the immediate, everyday demands of caregiving that it can be hard to find the time or energy to take action.

According to a recent Yale report, 69% of Americans are anxious about climate change, yet only 8% of us are regularly discussing it. The goal of this group is to clear a bit of space in our hectic schedules to start talking together about the seemingly overwhelming, intractable threat of environmental collapse.

In our first meeting, we’ll brainstorm the kinds of ways we’d like to support each other.

Some possibilities include: getting informed about climate justice through select readings like Mary DeMocker’s The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution, inviting representatives from local environmental non-profit organizations to inform us of volunteer opportunities, hosting vermiculture workshops, pooling resources for childcare so that we can attend meetings or citizen-lobby days, setting up accountability partners to help us maintain our climate goals, etc.

The first step, though, is to start the conversation. As the activist Joanna Macy writes, “Silencing our deepest responses to the condition of the world not only fosters a sense of futility but also mires us in it. Each act of denial…is an abdication of our power to respond. It relegates us to the role of victim, before we even see what we can and want to do.”

*Please note that, while this group was conceived primarily as a resource for parents who are currently raising children and teenagers, we also welcome grandparents, aunts/uncles, and other caregivers to join us!

Earlier Event: July 26
Live Music :: Kris Schultz