Formerly the Climate Dictionary, Reclaim Climate Language is taking shape: the team has prepared its first "dictionary entries" and has created some logo drafts all centred around the idea of replicating the "Parental Advisory" sticker. What would Tipper Gore say if she knew 😁
If you'd like to contribute to this project, please reach out to Dilara!
This week, in an effort to deepen the discussion on intersectionality from our last Lunch and Learn session, we watched a TED Talk by Katharine Morris on how to collaborate for environmental justice. We really appreciated the way she presented her ideas and the metaphors she used to illustrate them. One of our team members, a student of psychology, noted that a lot of what Ms Morris talks about has, in fact, been proven by psychological studies, like the ideas of reacting to hate with compassion and proving others wrong by love (and if you're not into psychology, heroes like Naruto or Son Goku are also great advocates of empathy over hate). The acronym LOVE (Listen to learn; Organise with an open mind; Value a variety of perspectives; Engage everyone in every way possible) is very powerful and a good guide on how the climate movement can learn to be more inclusive: we simply won't be able to save the planet without love. A very important message in this TED talk was also that it's not enough to leave the seat open, those in power need to empower marginalised communities and reach out to them to create strong and impactful collaborations as these communities don't have the same opportunities and access to decision-making positions (see also the interview with the Executive Director of Green 2.0 below).
Indeed, our discussion stretched way beyond the usual 45min and we talked about inclusivity in general: inclusivity is a lot about race and ethnicity but it also means inviting disabled people, members of the LGBTQ+ community and people from all over the world and of all age groups to the discussion and solution-finding process. Yes, the climate crisis affects us all but it affects us all in different ways and the only way we can find effective solutions that work for everyone is through LOVE! 👐
Also read this interview with the Executive Director of Green 2.0 on how to tackle the diversity problem in environmental organisations and debunking the “We’d love to hire a person of color, but we just can’t find anyone,” myth.