Encourage youth to join or create climate café groups to talk about and normalize conversations about emotions & create opportunities for shared solidarity
There are climate cafes and other support groups that encourage community, offer a place to talk and reflect on climate change, grieve, be grateful, honor pain for the world, and heal from trauma related to climate change impacts.
- Climate Change Café offers a list of climate cafes by city and state and also includes a place to advertise and host your own climate café.
- Climate Awakening offers climate emotions conversations to share and listen to.
- Work that Reconnects provides a variety of resources and groups to help people find connections with each other, honor their pain for the world, and move toward action.
- Action for the Climate Emergency has started a "Let's Talk about It and Speak Your #Climate Truth" campaign where youth can talk about their climate anxiety and fears or share tips and inspiration with others through social media.
- Generative Somatics uses somatic processes to recover from trauma and build resilience skills and prioritizes work around environmental and climate justice.
- The All We Can Save Project provides several guides to help foster deeper dialogue about the climate crisis and build community around solutions.
- The Good Grief Network has a train-the-trainer program to help people run climate grief groups in their communities.
- Climate and Mind offers language and tips for advertising and running your own climate café group.
My Climate Story is a toolkit of lesson plans that helps students learn how to share their feelings and stories about climate change with others with courage and compassion.
Support connection with family, friends, or special interest groups
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Encourage social connection with friends, family, social interests, or faith groups. Establish connections with other community members who have been through natural disasters. Maintain and encourage connections to one's culture. Sharing stories about others struggling with mental health related to climate change can help youth feel more connected and not alone.
Eco-anxious stories offers a collection of reflections by people surrounding various emotions related to climate change.
Encourage collective action
Encourage youth to join pro-environmental or nature-based groups. Identifying with a pro-environmental group can increase agency, create a sense of belonging, and combat the effects of hopelessness youth may feel. Use social media to share stories of youth climate activists who often organize climate justice groups and activities.
Join a pro-environmental group
- Earth Guardians trains and empowers youth to be effective leaders in the intersections of environmental and climate justice.
- Zero Hour is a diverse youth-led movement creating entry points, training, and resources for new young activists wanting to take concrete action around climate change.
- Sunrise Movement is a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.
- Queer Nature envisions and implements ecological awareness and place-based skills to build resilience for populations who have been marginalized.
- Outdoor Afro offers programs that connect Black explorers with new people in nature and the outdoors.
Share stories of Climate Activists who students can follow on social media, who often have opportunities for collective action.