Report on the Climate Crisis Group Meeting at the 2019 Conference

We formed a group of 10 people discussing the state of the world and the climate crisis.

We discussed the impact that Greta Thunberg has had on raising awareness of the issue. From her early actions of sitting outside the Swedish parliament demanding politicians  take the climate change seriously, to her travelling around Europe by train, addressing other governments, urging everyone to treat the situation as a crisis, she has been an inspiration. “Our house is on fire”, she says, “we need to act now”. Only then can we expect a serious response to a serious problem. Her little book is entitled “No One is Too Small to Make a Difference”, is an inspirational read and is produced by Penguin at the subsided cost of £3.00. Greta has now crossed the Atlantic in a sailing boat to attend the climate change conference in the USA.

There is a lot of coverage of her speeches on YouTube, which are worth viewing.  Hugh Pigeon circulated a link to David Attenborough’s BBC Climate Crisis documentary.

Alongside Greta Thunberg and the associated School Children Strikes against climate change, is the growth of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement. We have all heard of XR since the powerful London protests a few months ago.  They have adopted a peaceful, creative, civil disobedience movement which is capturing the imagination of people everywhere. Born in Stroud, Gloucester, it is now spreading across the planet. This weekend (end of August), another XR camp will happen in Manchester, and on September 20th a global climate strike is planned.

The group also discussed other related matters such as:-  What we feel in our bodies about the impending planetary doom and gloom? Can we as individuals actually make a difference? How too much bad news can depress our spirits and lead to burn out. 

We also talked about plastic pollution and the overuse of single use plastic at our conference. It was recommended that in the future we should aim to have more sustainable conferences.

Since the conference other UKAGP members have joined our email list. Further questions and suggestions have emerged such as how can we support each other and our clients when they are exploring their fears about environment breakdown and the future? There has also been a suggestion that as a gestalt community we support a tree planting charity.

If you would like to be involved in the climate crisis group, drop me a line via [email protected] and I will add you to the list.

Danny Porter     September 2019