A new novel from CC founder Rosemary Randall. It’s set in 2009, a period of intense climate activity and we hope that its twin themes of climate protest and psychotherapy might appeal to readers of this blog.
It's 2009 and in the
aftermath of the financial crash, critical climate talks are
heading for meltdown. Nineteen year old Clara Fortune steps from
adolescence into a life of climate protest. Simultaneously her
father Thomas breaks one of the sacrosanct boundaries of his
profession. As Thomas's colleague Esther Dunn struggles
desperately to dissuade him, her son Felix draws Clara deeper
into the world of radical climate action. Esther, haunted by the
transgressions and losses of her own past and distracted by
Felix's entanglement with both Clara and with increasingly
daring protest, finds the situation slipping beyond her control.
What does it mean to break the rules? Of nature? Of society? Of
one's faith? Of one's profession? In a rapidly heating world,
this psychologically astute tale raises questions for us all. It's available from Amazon , £2.50 for the Kindle edition, £6.99 for the paperback.
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As more people are learning about the climate crisis and becoming involved in action for change, we are meeting more and more people who are distressed and anxious about the future. Rosemary Randall has been speaking about the issue and has recently been interviewed by Joshi Gottlieb at Ecosia. Listen to it here.
Manu from Klimaatgesprekken in the Netherlands sends us news.
"Recently we have had our 1.000 th participant enlisting for our
carbon conversations workshops. We are currently active in more than 50
places in Holland with over a 100 facilitators.
are also contributing to the public debate and awareness by pointing
out to the importance of psychology and a holistic/realistic human
We have received a lot of media opportunities, enough for the
media to really see us as one of the organizations they call whenever
they want to do something ‘about the climate, and human behaviour’. I am
personally proud that we introduced a few words in Holland that play a
role in understanding and sharing and acknowledging. For example the
debate was always about the ‘energy transition’ and we consistently
started using ’the climate transition’ (from an understanding that it’s
also about food, travel, consumption, etc). We also introduced
’klimaatspagaat’ which means the dilemma people face when they have to
desires that conflict. They both want to do something (reduce climate
impact), but also have difficulty facing up to that choice.
moved from ‘facilitator’ to ‘groupcoach’ in the early stages, to
‘climate coaches’ now, which seems to become a role now that now gets
recognized in government policy: a lot of the changes that are needed
will have to Be done by people and just like you can have ‘mechanics’
‘engineers’ in the climate transition, there is a growing awareness that
we will need climate coaches. "
She says "It was a big departure for CCLS to include something other than science
in the series and I was delighted to be made so welcome." The title was
‘Climate, Psychology, Conversation: the unconscious dynamics of how we
talk about climate change’. You can view the lecture here.
The talk draws on the material in the chapter "Talking with Friends, Family and Colleagues" from In Time for Tomorrow" (Chapter 6 or Chapter 3 of the international carbon conversations handbook; both still available to download) as well as recent research and writing.
Rosemary also ran a related workshop for local Sixth-Formers called ‘Finding your Voice’ about climate change.
She is hoping she can offer both these workshops to more audiences in the future. See her blog for more information and news of more of Rosemary's activities
Manu from KlimaatGesprekken says
"We had the translation and new design done by 2 professionals who we were
able to pay by a local sustainability fund. We added some of the personal stories and did some of the Dutch carbon footprint numbers and examples by a panel of volunteer experts that we organised... Probably about 10-15 volunteers worked on it for about a year, in several sprints of an afternoon of co-working etc."
"The book has generated new interest and ambassadors, [and is distributed] always coupled with a workshop experience. Which, funny enough, also makes it a bit more exclusive to have."
We think it looks fantastic. KlimaatGesprekken have done an amazing
job - we love the design and illustrations. Congratulations to everyone involved.
The text KlimaatGesprekken used is "ITFT international" , available on the materials section of the ClimateConversations RiseUp list website.