Sustaining All Life (SAL) brings the tools and understandings of Re-evaluation Counseling (RC) to climate activists. These include the exchange of listening time between peers, addressing oppression and the divisions it causes, facing the emotional impact of the climate emergency, and increasing people’s understanding of the global impact of the climate emergency. We have developed many resources for addressing these and other issues.
Our international delegation of RC facilitators, supported by volunteers, presents workshops and forums. We also facilitate support groups, caucuses, listening projects, and introductory classes.
Workshops and classes communicate our perspectives on the climate crisis and what we can do. SAL forums present speakers from frontline and activist communities sharing personal experiences, learnings, and proposals for action. SAL listening circles offer a safe space where participants take equal turns sharing struggles and triumphs.
SAL has attended the United Nations Conferences of the Parties (COPs) and other climate conferences since 2015, and is making plans to attend COP27 in Cairo, Egypt.
Limited by the impact of COVID, a small group attended COP26 in Glasgow, October 31 to November 12, 2021. SAL also presented virtual events. See full list of events here.
SAL/UER members could be seen throughout the COP26 spaces organizing listening projects and listening circles.
Sustaining All Life and United to End Racism were at COP26 to
- Share the tools and understandings we use to address emotional barriers to engaging in the climate emergency,
- Communicate our understandings and perspectives about the connections between oppression, capitalism, and climate change, and
- Create spaces where people in frontline communities and climate activists can be listened to as they tell their stories.
During COP26, SAL/UER presented three in person events and several online events.