Many young people are playing leading roles in our organizations and the climate movement. Come listen to their experiences of leadership on the climate emergency and climate justice.
This “open forum” welcomes young people to speak about their personal experiences and challenges as they organize against climate change and for climate justice. Others can benefit from this unique opportunity to hear directly from young activists. The format of this forum gives participants a chance to more fully understand and relate to young activists as well as to share their own experiences. Several times during the forum, members of the audience will pair up to process what they have heard and listen to each others’ stories. Sharing experiences is a powerful tool that strengthens our activism and supports our leaders. It is possible to limit the effects of human-caused climate change and restore the environment, but some very large changes in our economy and the lives we live are needed for this to happen.
Sustaining All Life (SAL) and United to End Racism (UER) believe the environmental crisis cannot be resolved without ending racism, genocide toward Indigenous peoples, classism, sexism, and other oppressions. We believe that the barriers to building a large and powerful movement sufficient to make the needed changes include (1) longstanding divisions (caused by oppression, and especially racism and classism) between nations and between groups of people, (2) widespread feelings of discouragement and powerlessness, (3) denial of or failure to engage with the escalating damage to the earth’s climate, and (4) difficulties in effectively addressing the connections between the environmental crisis and the failures of our economic system. SAL and UER are projects of and use the tools of Re-evaluation Counseling, which currently exists in 95 countries.
This event is part of the Youth and Climate Activism program of Climate Week NYC.