We asked the people at “Climate Survivors” to tell us about who they are and what they do. Here’s what they sent us!
Climate Survivors – supporting positive change in Manchester since 2009
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead
The Transition movement recognises the concept of Inner Transition. We all have lives to live and habitual ways to live them. We want things in the world to be better, but it can be challenging to change our habits. And the threat of environmental destruction is an emotional subject. Therefore, people who want to make positive changes can benefit from having somewhere to discuss ideas and share experiences. For a growng group of Mancunians, Climate Survivors is that place. The introduction read at the beginning of each meeting explains more…
“Welcome to Climate Survivors. We are here because we are concerned about our home, the Earth.
“We run open meetings about once a month. They are free-form meetings, without strict agendas. It’s up to the participants what we talk about. We can have one big discussion, or a few smaller ones. The discussions can help us learn, or can be used to help solve a problem, or can be about taking practical action. Some of us think it’s important to talk about feelings as well as practicalities, but it’s not compulsory. On more than one occasion our discussions have resulted in action, for example running awareness-raising film events. We use techniques such as The Thinking Environment to get the most from people’s time and energy. This emphasises equal turns to speak, and the power of focussed, non-judgemental attention from everyone else onto the person speaking.
“All are welcome to join, regardless of political view or any other factor. It doesn’t matter whether you are knowledgable about environmental issues, or a novice.
“The group does not have a leader, but anyone is welcome to contribute time and energy to organising events, chairing meetings, sharing information and so on.
“Our website is http://climatesurvivors.ning.com/ and this is a great place to check meeting dates, find information about environmental issues, and continue the discussion between meetings. We ask for small donations at the end of each meeting, the main purpose of which is to keep the website running.”
The group has been meeting and refining what it does since 2009 and now has around 15 regular participants, plus about 15 more keeping in touch and forming connections to other groups and initiatives. And they would like to keep growing!
Interested? Here’s what they have to say about getting involved. You can:
- Join the website or facebook group. http://climatesurvivors.ning.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/ClimateSurvivors
- Come to a meeting. We want to make newcomers feel really welcome. You can join in with the meeting straight away if you’d like, or alternatively someone will volunteer to welcome you one-to-one. We will make sure you have a chance to speak, and to be heard. Look up the next meeting date on http://climatesurvivors.ning.com/ (the next two are 4th May and 13th June) and call Pauline on 0777 992 3681 for the address – we often meet in someone’s house so we communicate this privately to those who are attending.
- Be a link with another group. One of the most important things that transition/eco/justice/sustainability/action/etc groups can do is to be part of a movement, to form a link in a chain, to be aware of the latest thinking, and to help their members stay aware that they are part of something bigger. If you are already part of a business, community organisation, project, or campaign group with an interest in environmental issues we would love to see you at a Climate Survivors meeting – get in touch as above.
- Start your own group. We look forward to the day when we have too many attendees and begin to form offshoots. If you’re interested in starting your own Climate Survivors group, come and learn how we do things by attending a few meetings (contact us as above), and the rest is up to you.
There’s no commitment of any kind. People who’ve come along for the first time say they really appreciate the way we run our meetings, and how they’ve been listened to. Regulars find the discussions refreshing, supportive, and positive. Call Pauline on 0777 992 3681 for more information or get in touch at http://climatesurvivors.ning.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/ClimateSurvivors.