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Zahra Biabani | The Root of Climate Nihilism and Steps to Overcome It | 2022 Inclusion Conference

Zahra Biabani | The Root of Climate Nihilism and Steps to Overcome It | 2022 Inclusion Conference

September 18, 2022

Zahra Biabani is a climate activist, influencer, CEO, and writer. Her content focuses on climate hope, optimism, humor, and action items. After unexpectedly establishing a career as an online sustainability educator and influencer in her junior year at Vanderbilt University, Zahra decided to jump head first into the waters of entrepreneurship and authorship.

Her startup, In the Loop, is the first rental clothing company for vetted sustainable and ethical fashion brands. 

 

Her upcoming book, signed by Mango Publishing, Climate Optimism: Climate Wins and Creating Systemic Change Around the World, unpacks the cognitive biases that make optimism difficult to cultivate, along with the encouraging environmental trends of the last decade and examples of communities in the Global South pioneering unique solutions to the climate crisis.

 

https://zahrabiabani.com/

Twitter: @zahranurbiabani

 

Zahra’s Upcoming Book: Climate Optimism: Climate Wins and Creating Systemic Change Around the World https://www.amazon.com/Climate-Optimism-Creating-Systemic-Change/dp/1684811589/

 

Ecocide Law. “Existing Ecocide Laws.” Ecocide Law. Accessed June 30, 2022. https://ecocidelaw.com/existing-ecocide-laws/

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/03122021/ecuador-rights-of-nature/

https://www.wired.com/story/climate-anxiety-whiteness-problem/

Arlene JM Grant, Esq | In Stillness, Rise Together | 2022 Inclusion Conference

Arlene JM Grant, Esq | In Stillness, Rise Together | 2022 Inclusion Conference

September 18, 2022

Arlene, a CCL member, serves to engage the wellbeing of others through multisensory techniques as a certified nutritionist and relaxation coach.  Arlene helps activists to recover from chronic conditions related to anxiety, stress, and trauma.  Her mission, which has touched every continent, is to encourage climate advocates to remember they are part of the environment deserving of care and regeneration.

 

Twitter: @iamarliespeaks

 

Arlene’s slide deck: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1pweFYGuwXM3OBBEwmH49lB-RLuVoKhyZqJF4JsnqWTA/edit?usp=sharing

 

28 Day Weekly Self Care Planner: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OuoKzVT3Kjha963arsWlNKmExlnGdzQ-/view?usp=sharing

ONGO Series: https://community.citizensclimate.org/groups/home/972

Clara Fang | People of Color and the Climate Movement in Their Own Words | Inclusion Conference

Clara Fang | People of Color and the Climate Movement in Their Own Words | Inclusion Conference

September 18, 2022

People of color have been an important part of the climate movement since its beginning. Today they make up the supporters, volunteers, staff, leadership, and board members of environmental organizations. However, representation is still low—people of color make up 20-30% of the staff at environmental organizations, and much less regarding leadership positions. What barriers do they experience to engaging in the climate movement? Where do they find support and motivation? What do organizations need to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion? What has changed over time? How can we create a movement with more belonging where people can be their authentic selves? Clara Fang asked these questions in her interviews with 17 BIPOC participants as part of her Ph.D. research at Antioch University. This presentation shares the results of that research.

 

Twitter: @cfang2

 

Slide deck: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1RdqNIp7AM9oN3V3wiS2NCNHWHMP8IBCWWCe3GlzG4wI/edit?usp=sharing

Yale Project on Climate Change Communication: https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/

Dr. Harold Dorrell Briscoe |  Inclusion Conference Keynote Address

Dr. Harold Dorrell Briscoe | Inclusion Conference Keynote Address

September 18, 2022

The evidence of climate change is incontrovertible. Yet, among Christians (particularly the evangelical community), working to ensure a just and sustainable climate is met with derision, ignorance, and hostility. According to a study from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, evangelicals are most likely to believe that God expects humans to be good stewards of nature. Unfortunately, that same study shows that evangelicals are least likely to believe climate change is real and human-caused. Adapting to climate change will require more than policy-level change; we have to see that the real root of our trouble lies in anthropological and theological conceptions about who we are and in relation to the planet. Global warming is happening at an alarming rate because humans lack an appropriate understanding of ourselves. 

 

Dr. Harold Dorrell Briscoe discusses the distorted theological notion of unlimited desire that fuels our market system and how to have an alternative ecological economic order that is ecologically just and sustainable.

 

https://www.dorrellbriscoe.com/about

Dr. Briscoe’s Book: https://www.amazon.com/Theres-Storm-Comin-American-Through/dp/B089CZ3Z15/

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