We want to hear from you! We hope you will share your experiences of meetings(1); things that went well or poorly, things that happened that inspired or demoralised you. Please add your comments under this post (not on facebook!), or else email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are feeling particularly adventurous and helpful, why not ask your “non-climate” friends for their perceptions of what happens at meetings put on by environmentalists!
What are we going to do with all this information? Well, from the next issue of Manchester Climate Monthly (published on Monday 4th Feb) onwards, we are going to have a page of people’s thoughts on issues around “movement-building”. Topics will include – well, if you’re interested, scroll down for some examples!
PS. PMT #3 – success! Thanks to all who have helped so far!
(1) We are leaving that word ambiguous. It might be a big public meeting, or an “organising” meeting of a group. It does not have to be a “climate” or “environment” meeting, or one that happened in Manchester, or even in the UK. Or even in this millennium. Open season!!
Probable order of questions.
Jan – What are people’s experiences of meetings? (especially new people)
Feb – How do we maintain morale so that people who are already “in” the movement don’t drift away/leave in despair?
March – How do we get more people (especially ones who don’t look like us; white, middle-class, child-free) involved in the “climate movement”?
April – How do we attract back people who were involved but have become burnt out,/
disenchanted/engaged in other things.
May – What are the particular difficulties groups trying to tackle “climate change” face?
June – What do people need (skills, knowledge, other stuff) in order to stay involved in the “climate movement”?
July – What lessons can we learn from other movements (local or elsewhere, present or past)
August – How do we make sure we learn and share (the right lessons) from our successes and failures?