Sustaining the Climate Movement

18 to 26 April 2020

building a movement to see this through

More than ever we need to be fighting to win and build a massive movement for climate justice. At a time of growing movement power and significant shifts in public narrative, spaces for reflection and analysis are crucial for the climate justice movement to make the most of the opportunities and to strategise to overcome new challenges.

Climate Justice organising faces high rates of burnout. The scale of the challenge, the emotional impact of the climate reality, and the power of opposition can be overwhelming, depleting, and demotivating.

Having learnt lessons from the crash our movement experienced in the post-COP15 fallout, we now hear more about sustainable activism, regenerative organising and resilience within the climate justice world. But what does this mean in practice? How can our groups and organisations integrate these practices and perspectives effectively? As our movement grows, how will we avoid the failures and errors of the past? How will we build a massive movement that is truly regenerative and resilient enough to see this through?

This training brings together experienced activist trainers who specialise in sustainable activist training. The Ulex Project will bring trainers from the Sustaining Resistance Network and our work on Regenerative Activism. Trainers from the Klima*Kollektiv will bring their methodologies and approaches. And the Roots of Resilience team will share their work on nature-based education and resilience.

Participants should be well-placed to effectively carry the learning and skills back into their organisations and networks. Although participants will learn practices that support their personal resilience, the primary aim of the training is to enable learning and experience to be carried out across the movement.

More details to follow.

Suggested Contribution
In the solidarity economy: On enquiry
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The Team

Our Name

Ulex: Latin (argelaga Catalan, gorse English) noun:

1. A thorny-evergreen flowering shrub, with a high capacity for regeneration and resilience. Its seedpods open in contact with fire and it reshoots from charred stumps. A successionary plant that grows well under challenging conditions. It improves soil fertility through nitrogen fixing, preparing the way for renewed biodiversity.

2. A traditional choice for igniting fires. Burns hot and bright.

3. A networked project adding nutrition and fertility to European social movements through training and capacity building. It kindles the realisation of social justice, ecological intelligence, and cognitive vitality.