The Bertha Crosley Ball Center for Compassion

Balancing Hope and Fear: an Ecological Justice course

April 17, 2021 to July 3, 2021
circular view of green mountains and blue sky.

Balancing Hope and Fear: An Ecological Justice course from the Courage of Care Coalition


What if our efforts to create a more just and caring world weren’t separated from our efforts to adapt to near-term social and environmental collapse?


Together with colleagues from the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany, and other collaborators from across the world (including Center for Compassion Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain and Professor of Digital Art and Foundations Jan Piribeck), the Courage of Care team designed a contemplative-based, anti-oppressive, and healing-centered course to help resource folks engaged in climate change work.


This program aims to help participants understand the relationship between the climate crisis and other interlocking systems of oppression, including white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism. It is also designed to help us develop the capacity to prepare for the possibility of both the “Great Unraveling” and the “Great Transition”, while continuing to care for each other and all life with a deep sense of courage and vulnerability.


This project is generously supported by a 2020 PEACE Grant from the Mind and Life Institute.


This course will be offered in two, six-week sections. Each section will meet on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST.   Section A begins on April 17th; Section B on May 29th.   Interested participants must be available to attend either section prior to registering.


Both sections of the course will be facilitated by a racially diverse team and Courage of Care is committed to ensuring that cohorts are racially diverse as well.


The course is freely offered to all Black, Indigenous, People of Color/ People of the Global Majority. White identified folks will be offered the opportunity to make a donation to support the ongoing development of this project.