The Bertha Crosley Ball Center for Compassion

Balancing Hope and Fear: Resourcing Concerned Citizens for Sustainable Environmental Justice Work

April 12, 2021
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

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?


Join Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain and Dr. Brooke Lavelle, founder of the Courage of Care Coalition for this webinar from the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.  


Together with colleagues from the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany, and other collaborators from across the world, our team designed a contemplative-based, anti-oppressive, and healing-centered course to help climate activists and concerned citizens stay resourced in the work. Our 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 course has been adapted and taught for university graduate students as well as for the general public.


Intended webinar takeaways:

  •  Learn new tools for relating and responding to the climate crisis;
  •  See connections between the climate crisis and other crises of our time;
  •  Understand a framework for balancing hope and fear in relation to the climate crisis;
  •  Connect and share resources with other colleagues engaged in this work.