Workshop Number: 102
Leaders: Emily Northrop
Who May Register?: Open to All
Worship/Worship-Sharing: 10%
Lecture: 45%
Discussion: 45%

Who May Attend?
part-time attenders welcome (can come any session)
half gathering attenders welcome

Half-Gathering Attenders Welcome:
First half (Monday-Wednesday)
Second half (Wednesday/Thursday-Friday)

Our workshop will journey through the science, impacts, and causes of climate change to hope for addressing it. Slides will present information and prompt discussion. Queries will invite reflection. Past workshop participants ranged from Friends with basic questions to some who have taught climate change. All are welcome!

Workshop Description

Advanced reading is optional. Please follow your interests as your time allows.

Our week’s “journey” will follow along this route:

  • Reflecting on how the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship can inform our thoughts and actions related to climate change
  • Basics of climate science
  • Impacts of climate change on the weather, human health, the well-being of other species, the economy, migration, and national security
  • Inequities of these impacts
  • Existing technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (see the optional Project Drawdown advanced reading)
  • Steps we can take as individuals and in our Meetings
  • Government policies in the US to stabilize the climate and to adapt to our emerging climate
  • Update from COP26 and how other nations are addressing climate change
  • Meaning and sources of hope from Kate Davies (see optional advance reading), Rev. Dr. William Barber, and Václav Havel.

Our group will be together for PowerPoint presentations and general discussions. If our number warrants and participants wish to, we’ll break into small groups to share around our queries. 

Expectations and objectives for the workshop:

  • Our time together will be spirit-filled, respectful, interesting, and lively.
  • Participants’ understanding of climate change will grow deeper and broader.
  • Each person will discern how the Quaker testimonies can inform their thoughts and actions around climate change.

Leader Experience

I led versions of workshop at the 2019 in-person Gathering and virtually in 2020 and 2021. Before that I taught highly-interactive interdisciplinary courses on climate change to undergraduates. I enjoyed adapting those courses to a format suitable for a Quaker workshop. Also, I regularly make presentations on climate to a variety of audiences.

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