sUStain: transforming climate concerns into Active Hope
sUStain is a pioneering new climate anxiety project, which will provide support for adults and young people, in partnership with UEA, the Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA) and The Resilience Project.
We will offer a range of support around eco-anxiety and climate grief, when the project starts in March 2022. These will include
- Awareness events to normalise concerns
- Monthly 'Climate Cafe' drop ins co facillitated by UEA students where feelings and strategies can be shared
- A 7 week programme based on mindfulness and elements of the Active Hope approach (following the best selling book Active Hope: how to face the mess we are in without going cracy by Resillience expert Chirs Johnstone and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy). There will be opportunities for group participants will be mentored to continue run their own Active Hope book groups
What is Active Hope? The Active Hope element of this approach, is radical in that it does not require us to feel hopeful to take action, or paradoxically, to focus on the outcome. This frees us to try new, creative ways to resolve issues. We can use gratitude, mindfulness and a whole range of resilience practices to resource us to do this.
Please note while we hope to hold all these activities in person, all these opportunities may be undertaken on line subject to COVID restrictions.
Get involved with the project as a volunteer!
There are exciting opportunities available for students at UEA to volunteer with this project.
We are looking for student volunteers to take an active role in steering the sUStain project, co-designing workshops and helping to run climate anxiety cafes. Research has shown that giving yourself agency within climate anxiety can improve your own wellbeing, as well as benefiting others you are supporting. And there are also opportunities to continue aspects of the project into the future.
For more information about the project and opportunities available please download the link below.