Salon: COP21 and Climate Justice: Civil, Youth, Indigenous, and Women's Rights
Location: Berkeley, CA (Details on RSVP)
Potluck, speakers, conversation and community
Claire is a brilliant strategist and activist who is on the forefront of organizing for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - COP 21 - in Paris, December 2015. She is a Policy & Organizational Consultant working in the areas of Ecology, Justice, Peace, and Nonviolence and in support of Civil, Youth, Indigenous, and Women's Rights.
She is a co-founder of the Women's Global Call for Climate Justice campaign aimed at generating and showcasing grassroots women's actions, policy demands, and solutions towards COP 21. Claire is currently serving as Senior Advisor and Climate Campaign Consultant to the Women's Environment and Development Organization and Women in Europe for a Common Future, and as Director of the Safe Energy Project of INOCHI, a Japanese/US Citizens Organization co-founded by acclaimed artists/activists Mayumi Oda, Kaz Tanahashi, and friends in 1993. She is the principle author of INOCHI's Safe Energy Handbook - 20th Anniversary Edition (to be released in December 2015).
In over four decades of activism, she has worked with dozens of NGOs and electoral campaigns including Greenpeace, the American Friends Service Committee, the International Forum on Globalization, Conversations with the Earth: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change, the Martin Luther King, Jr Freedom Center, the Women's Trust, Friends of the Earth International, the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, Jane Addams Center/Hull House, the Sierra Club, the Rainbow Coalition, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and many others.
Host: Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D.
Elizabeth is a facilitator and educator in the practices of resilience and wellbeing. Combining the wisdom of psychology, contemplative science, internal martial arts and neuroscience, she offers an approach to climate activism that weaves self-compassion, social justice, and community building.
Host: Jeremy Lent
Sharing his expertise in the systems view of life, Fritjof will discuss how even climate change – far-reaching as it is – is only one aspect of an array of interrelated problems in our world system. The main focus of Capra’s environmental education and activism has been to help build and nurture sustainable communities. He believes that to do so, we can learn valuable lessons from the study of ecosystems, which are sustainable communities of plants, animals, and microorganisms. He will help us understand how one imbalance affects others, and how to tailor our own activism to maximize our impact on solving global problems.
Fritjof Capra, a prominent physicist and systems theorist, is the internationally acclaimed author of The Tao of Physics, The Systems View of Life, and The Science of Leonardo. His writings advocate replacing the conventional mechanistic view of nature with a systems view that recognizes the intrinsic interconnectedness of all things. He is a founding director of Berkeley’s Center For Ecoliteracy which supports ecological and systems thinking in education, and he serves on the Council of Earth Charter International which promotes an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. He serves on the faculty of Schumacher College and lectures widely to lay and professional audiences in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.
Jeremy Lent, Liology and Systems Thinking
Jeremy Lent, founder of the integrative practice of Liology, will talk about the connection between climate activism and the awakening of human consciousness to our deep connection with the natural world. Liology is a practice of integration, offering a worldview that could allow our civilization to prosper harmoniously on the earth. Using the liology framework, Jeremy will help us connect the dots between our own actions and what is happening on the scale of global climate change. His blog, Patterns of Meaning, addresses the underlying pattners beneath climate crises and solutions.