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In My Feelings About Climate Change: A Workshop on Climate Grief
13 April 2021 @ 16:45 – 18:15 CET
In collaboration with SustyVibes
Facilitated by Ama Josephine Budge
How do we talk about climate grief, anxiety, anger and mourning – in intersectional and collective ways – to better prepare all generations, as we reckon with ecological breakdown and transformation? This workshop is one small attempt.
Following part one – In My Feelings About Climate Change: In Conversation – join us for part two: In My Feelings About Climate Change: A Workshop, an intimate space to discuss tactics and tools for navigating climate grief led by pleasure activist, artist and science fiction writer Ama Josephine Budge.
Climate change is triggering and exacerbating mental health conditions all over the world, disproportionately affecting young people and those who face other intersections of oppression and anxiety.
Leading on from the key themes of the panel discussion, this 90 minute workshop’s key objective is to co-create a ‘brave’ and safer space, where participants can share and reflect on complex feelings that arise from a growing awareness of our changing climate. Feelings such as anxiety, grief, despair, guilt, fear, powerlessness and denial will all be touched on; thinking through how and where grief sits in our bodies through breathing exercises; and locating the tools we already have to face social, political and ecological anxiety and change.
Collectively, we will affirm the much needed reminder: that everyone is worthy of receiving care and support, and that we all have something to give and share as we approach climate change together. We hope you will join us.
Please note: tickets are limited due to the nature of this workshop. Please only reserve a ticket if you can definitely attend.
SustyVibes is a youth-led organisation based in Nigeria that provides a platform for young people to drive sustainable development projects in their communities, making sustainability actionable and relatable for children and young people.
Ama Josephine Budge is a pleasure activist, artist and researcher whose work navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental evolutions and troublesomely queered identities. Ama is a PhD candidate in Psychosocial Studies with Dr Gail Lewis at Birkbeck. Her research takes a queer, decolonial approach to challenging climate colonialism, with a particular focus on inherently environmentalist pleasure practices in Ghana and across the Black diaspora. Ama is the 2020/21 Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism with BARD College.
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