Sustaining All Life at the United Nations Climate Talks (COPs)

Sustaining All Life has attended the UN Climate Conferences (Conference of the Parties or COPs) since 2015 in Paris.  Our goal is to bring the tools and understandings of RC to climate activists.  We do that by bringing a delegation of RC leaders, supported by volunteers. We present workshops and forums, and hold support groups, caucuses, listening projects, and introductory classes. 

Our events have been very well attended. Each year we build upon the momentum from the year before.  

At our workshops the presenters share their perspective on current environmental issues and how we have used the tools of Re-evaluation Counseling to free ourselves and others from emotional hurts that have interfered with our functioning. Our workshops are interactive, giving participants the chance to share their experiences and be listened to. 

At the forums, activists sign up for a 3 minute turn to speak about the impact of climate change on their people, stories of hope and courage in activism, and more.  Periodically the flow of speakers is paused for the opportunity for the audience to exchange listening with one another in pairs. 

Many, many listening projects are held, where small groups of SAL members encourage passers-by to share their thinking on key climate change issues, using questions such as:

  • What do you think about climate change?  What should be done?
  • How do you feel about fossil fuels? Should we "leave them in the ground"? 
  • Do you think wealthy nations should help less developed nations pay for environmental damage caused by climate change? 
  • What gives you hope as a climate activist?  What's hard for you about it?
  • What are you worried or scared about losing to climate change?
  • How can we build the movement we need to change everything?

Support groups and caucuses are offered daily, offering people a chance to be listened to about their feelings connected to climate change.  Having the chance to share their anger, their discouragement, their hope in a mutually supportive group refreshes people and gives them fresh ideas for action.  Group leaders also helped people think about how to set up support groups in their home communities.

An Introductory class in Re-evaluation Counseling is also held daily.

We are building relationships with climate activists in many countries, and many people are joining RC or starting local Communities after their contact with SAL. 

Sustaining All Life (SAL) at COP24 in Katowice, Poland

Sustaining All Life will be sending a delegation to COP24 in Katowice, Poland, December 2018.  We will be holding workshops, forums, and more.  More information will be posted closer to the time of COP24.

Sustaining All Life (SAL) at COP23 in Bonn, Germany

The Sustaining All Life (SAL) delegation has returned from Bonn, Germany at COP23.  We held our series of Forums and Workshops, Fundamentals classes, support groups, and caucuses.  Once again we were well received.  You can see reports from our activities below, as well as a listing of our events and flyers and handouts that we used there.

COP23 (the 23rd climate change conference held by the United Nations) was from November 6 to 17, 2017. Two years since the Paris Climate Agreement, the UN climate talks in Bonn came at a pivotal moment for climate action and vulnerable states. After Paris signaled the intent to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, COP23 must now achieve real progress on the Paris Agreement's implementation guidelines.

 

ALL SAL WORKSHOPS

Eliminating the Effects of Racism on Our Work to Sustain All Life (Deutsch) (français)

Young People at the Forefront of the Climate Movement  (Deutsch) (français)

Sustaining Indigenous Life Worldwide (Deutsch) (français)

Gaining Momentum: Strengthening Individuals and Groups (Deutsch) (français)

War and Climate Change (Deutsch) (français)

List of SAL Workshops (Deutsch)

SAL SLIDE SHOW

 

When the above doesn't play you can download the video-file by clicking this link: SAL at COP 23: slide show

ALL SAL FORUMS

Climate Change: Its Impact on Developing Nations and Oppressed Communities  (Deutsch) (français)

Indigenous Voices  (Deutsch) (français)

Young People Leading on Climate Change Now and Into the Future  (Deutsch) (français)

Voices of Hope and Courage  (Deutsch) (français)

Women's Voices at the Forefront of Climate Change  (Deutsch) (français)

List of all Forums (Deutsch)

SAL HANDOUTS 

Tools for Ending Racism in the Environmental Movement (Deutsch) (français)

Young People and the Environment (Deutsch) (français)

Indigenous People and the Environment  (Deutsch) (français)

Sustaining Ourselves as Activists (Deutsch) (français)

Addressing Classism in the Environmental Movement (Deutsch) (français)

South, Central, and West Asians and Climate Change (Deutsch) (français)

 

Sustaining All Life at COP21

Sustaining All Life sent a delegation of 25 Co-Counselors to the COP21 negotiations in Paris, France, November 30-December 8, 2015.  COP21 was the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as "Paris 2015" from November 30th to December 11th.  COP21 was a crucial conference, with a goal of achieving a binding international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Centigrade. Sustaining All Life participated in the Civil Society events and events held by climate activist groups. 

Because of the attacks right before the COP, security was tight our plan to hold workshops nearby wasn't very successful. But we were able to use spaces that other groups hadn't claimed and we were able to share a booth with an African NGO. The workshops, forums, and flyers/handouts above were first developed for SAL at COP21, and we have expanded our presence every year.

Sustaining All Life at COP22

Sustaining All Life again sent a delegation to COP22, November 7-18, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference was to an important step towards implementation of the Paris Agreement. There was ongoing work on the mandates arising from COP 21, and attempts to strengthen the "voluntary" provisions of the accord. Climate finance was also a pressing issue.  

Sustaining All Life (SAL) was present for the two full weeks of COP22. Because we had NGO status, we were able to have our own booth, and we were allocated spaces for ten workshops and forums (see below). It made a tremendous difference to have our own spaces in the middle of the "Green Zone" (the non-governmental section, open to the public). We did many of the same things we did in Paris: workshops, forums, caucuses, fundamentals classes, support groups, and listening projects. But because we could hold our events in very public spaces that were announced, people could find us easily. More and more people came to know us and appreciate us as the days went by.  

All of our events were translated in to French and many were also translated into Arabic.

Ten of our delegates were also admitted into the "Blue Zone," where official negotiations took place.  

The first week we focused on holding caucuses and forums, to introduce people to our work. We had a reception midway through our time there, on the beautiful rooftop terrace of our hotel.  We used it to hold an introductory workshop, hoping that would interest more people in our workshops the following week.  All of our events were well attended, usually with all seats taken and people standing around as well.  

Many people from Morocco attended the COP, enabling us to make many relationships with Marocains.  As a result we have started an RC Community in Morocco.  Their first weekend workshop was September 2017.  

 Fundraising Help Needed!

 We need help fundraising for expenses at the COP and our followup work in Morocco and elsewhere. Below are some resources to help you in your efforts.  For more information email our fundraising coordinator: Katrina Wild <katrinawild@hotmail.com>

Sample letter to send to potential donors

Fundraising Guidelines and Strategies

SAL Donation Page (PayPal)

 


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