Climate Courage Workshops

“The enormous transformations to our planet from climate change can have powerful effects on our emotions, making us grieve what is lost,” states Panu Pihkala, adjunct professor of environmental theology at the University Helsinki, and an expert in eco-anxiety. 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

(1) Establish psychological safety and group norms
(2) Discuss feelings about climate change and climate work

2. Creating a Self-Care Plan

(1) Introduce self-care
(2) Create self-care goals
(3) Discuss self-care challenges and strengths

3. Becoming a Climate Leader in Your Community

(1) Celebrate success
(2) Discuss being a climate leader in your community

2021 Climate Courage Workshop Schedule
  • Workshops 1 through 8
    Completed from March through August
  • Workshop 9
    Fridays September 10 and 17 from 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 2:30-4:30pm GMT
  • Workshop 10
    Mondays September 20 and 27 from 8-10pm ET / 12:00-2:00am GMT

*Workshop exercises are adapted from: Emotional Resilience Toolkit for Climate Work by the Climate Therapy Alliance – Pacific Northwest. Adapted with gratitude by YCC Climate Courage Team Member, Elizabeth Adhikari, MSW.

Register for Workshop 9 or 10:

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.
Please email [email protected] with any questions!

Climate Courage Word Glossary!

With the help of our workshop participants and our YCC 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!

Climate Courage Webinars

Express Yourself! Webinar Series

Every month, we will host one webinar as part of this series. These webinars are for youth to meet artists and learn about the ways they use different forms of art to express themselves and their emotions.

September Webinar:
Eco-Comedy, a Tool for Advocacy and Expression

More information to come!