Jan. 18 webinar designed to promote activism
by Darla Carter | Presbyterian News Service
LOUISVILLE — Registration has begun for an interactive workshop that will explore the connections between food sovereignty and climate justice and encourage participants to take action.
The Jan. 18 webinar, hosted by the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) and Presbyterians for Earth Care, is designed to spur activism that goes beyond simply advocating for replacing fossil fuel with renewable energy.
“Climate activism narrowly focused on electrifying our economy and reducing emissions, even if successful in those areas, still leads to ruin. On the other hand, by integrating climate justice and food sovereignty into our climate work, we have the potential to change the playing field itself,” said Andrew Kang Bartlett, National Associate for PHP. “This approach can create pathways that circumvent and restructure the systems that created the crises we face. As Audre Lorde famously said, ‘For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.’”
Examples of work happening in Louisville, Kentucky, will be lifted up during the workshop to illustrate this approach, Kang Bartlett said. There also will be opportunities “to harvest examples of change strategies from participants and examine them through this lens,” he said.
The time together will include takeaways on applying lessons learned in the workshop to one’s own settings and engagements. Advice on how to stay motivated will be given.
“In the webinar, I’ll be asking people to take action, if they aren’t already or wish to do more, by first choosing what area of work they are drawn to and feel passionate about,” Kang Bartlett said.
Participants also will hear about the importance of finding “someone who also wishes to be active and to mutually support and encourage each other … and we’ll talk about figuring out a way to reward oneself for taking action.”
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Categories: Hunger & Poverty, Peace & Justice, Special Offerings
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