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Draft Program on Climate Change, for your comments (updated March 5, 2019) (short version now available)

 

Fundraising for
Sustaining All Life
at The Global Climate Action Summit, San Francisco, California, USA
September 12-15, 2018

and

the United Nations Climate talks, Katowice, Poland
December 3-14, 2018

 

While humanity today is faced with a big task, we are also given an important opportunity….

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $50,000 

 

Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California, USA

When the United States withdrew from the Paris Agreement in June 2017, Governor Jerry Brown of California initiated a coalition of U.S. mayors, governors, tribal leaders, universities, and businesses to join forces to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.  They are sponsoring the Global Climate Action Summit, Septemberrr 12-14, 2018, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

SAL will be there, and also at the "social movement" events starting Saturday, September 8.  Most of our delegation is from California and the west coast of the U.S.  We have a large enough delegation (40 people) plus numbers of volunteers, so that we plan to hold two tracks of events each day.  Our tentative schedule of events is here.  We will be interpreting all our events into Spanish.  Our materials are all being translated now.  

Great news!  The Global Climate Action sponsors "affiliate events" that they host under their logo, announce on their website, and include in their program.  Five of our events were accepted!  So SAL/UER will be holding the following five events during the days of the GCAS (September 12-14):

Forum: The Impact of Climate Change on Developing Nations and Oppressed Communities

Eliminating the Impact of Racism on Our Environmental Work

Forum:  The Impact of Climate Change in California

Sustaining Indigenous Life Worldwide

Bringing labor and climate justice movements together for a sustainable future

They will be held at San Francisco City College, across the street from the Moscone Center (where formal GCAS events take place).  More details will be posted soon.

 

COP24 in Katowice, Poland

Next year, the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland will bring together representatives of the 197 member nations of the United Nations as they work together on continued implementation of the Paris Accord on climate change. The Paris Accord was a milestone in the world's effort to launch a global response to climate change. But it only focused on the broader strategies. Now we must specify how we're going to keep the rise of temperature "well below 2 degrees Celcius" as the Paris Accord requires and provide needed resources to those countries already experiencing climate change, but without the resources to address it.

Sustaining All Life will participate in the NGO part of the climate talks. We received our NGO status, through the Re-evaluation Foundation, in 2016. As an organization that started in the U.S., we in SAL are proud to continue our involvement in the COPs despite the withdrawal by the U.S. government. Our delegation to COP24 will mostly be European.

Thank you for your support. 

Sustaining All Life 

Oppression in our societies interferes with organizing efforts. It wears down and burns out activists. And oppression excludes and marginalizes many communities and nations from both important resources and from the efforts to end the destruction of our environment. Discouragement, hopelessness, and powerlessness also slow the building and sustaining of our efforts.

The Re-evaluation Counseling Communities and Re-evaluation Foundation (a non-profit 501(c)(3)), through our care of the environment project Sustaining All Life, is sending a delegation to these climate talks. We will be active in the "civil society" section: bringing our work on ending racism and other forms of oppression, providing activists with tools for addressing discouragement and burn-out, holding forums where all can hear the voices of Indigenous people, young people, people from parts of the globe already impacted greatly by climate change.   

The Re-evaluation Counseling Community is a grassroots peer-counseling organization (also called co-counseling) that trains people of all backgrounds to assist one another in healing from the emotional scars of oppression and other hurts. By taking turns listening to each other and encouraging emotional release, we heal old wounds. We then become better able to think, to speak out, to be part of, to organize, and to lead others in building a world in which all life forms are valued and the environment is restored and preserved.

Sustaining All Life first sent a delegation to the COPs at COP21 in Paris in 2015, and then to Marrakech, Morocco (COP22) in 2016, and Bonn, Germany (COP23) in 2017. Through our workshops, forums, support groups, listening projects, and introductory classes we reached thousands of people with our perspective and our tools.  In Bonn we will build upon the work we did in Paris and Marrakech, reconnecting with people we worked with there and building new relationships to further our efforts to halt climate change.  

Sustaining All Life became a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with the United Nations (through our parent organization, the Re-evaluation Foundation) in 2016.

Your tax-deductible donation will help us communicate personal healing tools that are important in efforts to replace the current system with one that meets the real needs of humans and other life forms and that protects and restores our environment.

The Work of Sustaining All Life 

 

With decades of experience in working on issues of oppression, our Sustaining All Life delegates, through our workshops, forums, listening projects and conference participation, will

  • Share our understandings of the connections between racism and other oppressions and the current environmental crisis,
  • Emphasize that the work to end oppression must be central in the environmental movement in order for us to build the massive movement now needed to turn the climate crisis around,
  • Give voice to communities and nations already impacted by climate change,
  • Bring activists together to share the hopeful and courageous initiatives they are engaged in,
  • Show how our tools can help support the work of other organizations/activists by effectively freeing ourselves from widespread feelings of hopelessness, discouragement, and powerlessness, and
  • Show how our tools can be used to strengthen relationships and build supportive networks for activists. 

You can see the story of our work at COP21 in Paris at this narrated slide show

Your tax-deductible donation will help to fund our delegates who need financial assistance to attend (many are paying their own expenses). We are raising $30,000 through a variety of fundraising efforts.  These funds will cover flights, accommodations, meals, and conference participation at the COP. It will also support new RCers who came to us through the COPs in their efforts to build RC Communities in their home countries. For more information about our work, see our website: www.rc.org/sustainingalllife

You may also donate by sending a check PAYABLE TO THE RE-EVALUATION FOUNDATION to:

Re-evaluation Foundation
719 Second Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98109

More information on the Re-evaluation Foundation is available here.


Last modified: 2018-06-11 14:42:29+00