Wed 30th November 10 - 11.30am UK time.
A facilitated space especially for parents/carers/guardians of children & young people to share difficult feelings about the climate crisis.
Please note that this is specifically for parents, carers and guardians. If you are a professional who is interested in parental climate distress you are welcome to get in touch with us.
What emotions are present for us when we think about the climate and ecological crisis? How do we feel knowing our children face such an uncertain and challenging future, some more so than others? What does it mean to be a good parent at this time?
We need this kind of exploration as it becomes increasingly evident that climate and ecological breakdown are a clear and present danger to our own safety and wellbeing with an even greater impact likely for our children.
We need to talk about what our changing world means for us and them in terms of impacts at personal, family and societal level. We need to imagine it in some detail so as to be able to think about it constructively and clearly, and to explore some complex feelings and thoughts which may often be taboo and hard to talk about.
A space for feelings rather than advice
The focus of discussion is participants’ thoughts and feelings about the climate and ecological crisis. There are no guest speakers, no talks and no advice offered - this is a space for feelings. Whilst the climate and ecological crisis is usually the main focus of the circle we realise that in these exceptional times there will be other related preoccupations and these can be explored here too.
Who will be facilitating?
This circle will be led by two trained facilitators and the format has been developed by Rebecca Nestor and Jo McAndrews.
Rebecca is an organisational consultant, facilitator and coach, based in Oxford, UK. She is a board member of the Climate Psychology Alliance, leads the CPA’s work on climate cafés, and recently submitted her doctoral thesis at the University of Essex/Tavistock Centre on leadership in climate change organisations.
Jo is a psychotherapist who trains, supports and facilitates parents and professionals who work with children, to understand how children grow with resilience and what gets in the way of that. https://www.jomcandrews.com
How much does a ticket cost?
Places for this Circle are offered free of charge and also on a 'pay what you can' basis. Paying an amount that feels appropriate and comfortable for you will help us to provide more of these spaces and train more facilitators, and free spaces are available for anyone who needs them too.
If you register and find that you can no longer attend please let us know so that your place can be offered to someone else.
If this Circle has booked up please add yourself to the waiting list - places do become available at short notice and we will contact anyone on the list with the date of future Circles.
There will be an opportunity at the end of the session to feed back directly on your experience and/or to fill in a short form if you’d prefer to offer your thoughts confidentially. We welcome all comments - these will each be taken into consideration as we plan for more of these Climate Circles through the year.