sUStain: transforming climate concerns into Active Hope

sUStain is a pioneering new climate anxiety project, which provides support for adults and young people, in partnership with UEA, the Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA), The Resilience Project and other partners.  

The project started in March 2022.We offer a range of support around eco-anxiety and climate grief. These include: 

  • Awareness events to normalise concerns
  • Monthly 'Climate Cafe' drop ins co facillitated by UEA students where feelings and thoughts can be shared
  • A 6 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 with Unexpected Resilience and Creative Power by Resillience expert Chirs Johnstone and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy).

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.  

There are opportunities for group participants to be mentored to continue run their own Active Hope book groups.


BBC News Coverage: Don't let doom win project tells worriers

A new project has been launched to address rising climate anxiety in students at the University of East Anglia.

At the opening in Norwich, students told BBC News they felt
hopelessness, anger and despair about climate change.

They worry how they will live in a world with an unpredictable climate and the destruction of nature.

Read more here


More about Climate Cafe's

Climate cafes offer a friendly, facilitated space to talk about how you are feeling about the climate emergency over a hot or cold drink and some cake. Talking with like-minded others can help us find, or revive, our agency and compassionate resourcefulness, rather than leaning into despair, shame and helplessness.
  • Monthly Climate cafes at University of East Anglia (UEA) (further dates to be confirmed)
  • Climate cafes Norwich start 13th September 2022 at Cafe Bar Marzano, Norwich
  • Climate Cafes- North Norfolk (dates and venues to be confirmed)



sUStain Climate Café at Café Bar Marzano

A friendly, informal space to talk with like-minded others about how you are feeling about the climate emergency over a cuppa. 

Place: Bar Marzano, 2 Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

Dates: 13th September, 11th October, 8th November, 13th December 2022, 

Time: 6pm-7pm

A Free event. Register interest here.

Sustaining Ourselves in The Climate Crisis

Conversations, talks and tasters of Mindfulness and Active Hope 

Place: At Sheringham Quaker Meeting House NR26 8DZ 

Date: Saturday 24th September 2022

Time: 10:30am 

A Free event. Register interest here.

Mindfulness and Active Hope Course

In person six week course.

Mindfulness and Active Hope , Sheringham Starts October 20th 2022.

More info and register here.

UEA October 2022-November 2022.

More Info and register here.

Would you like to join our free Climate Cafe's, events or courses?
For further information about the project, please contact Caroline Fernandez, Project Co-ordinator at


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.


Coffee & Geography - Georamblings

Kit chats to Rebecca Nestor & Caroline Fernandez about tacking climate anxiety, active hope through conversations, knitting, TV box sets amongst other things!

Rebecca is a climate activist and climate psychologist, and a recovering doctoral student at the University of Essex. She works mostly through the Climate Psychology Alliance, where she is on the board of directors and lead on climate cafes, but also a freelance organisational consultant and facilitator. Rebecca’s work is about supporting those facing the climate crisis. She lives in Oxford and regularly splashes about in the Thames.

Caroline is Project Coordinator for sUStain. She is a networker, food grower, environmentalist and chirpy ex Londoner, now living in Norfolk. Eldest of eight siblings, Caroline loves to travel the world through food, loves speaking German, and has family in India.



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