Hope vs Hopium – Is There a Role for Hope in the Climate Era? with Karen Mahon Carrington

Wednesday January 29, 2020
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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We are living in a time like any other.  It feels as if the world we know is ending and we do not know what lies ahead.  We are living through the early stages of climate change and while we strive to do everything we can to mitigate further impacts, we now know that adaptation will be a necessity.  Socially we have begun to think about how to adapt to changes in our physical environment, but what we have yet to start considering is how we adapt on a personal, emotional and spiritual level. How do we live our lives in these times of accelerated destruction? How do we face the potential for mass war and starvation without losing ourselves in fear or grief? Among the skills we need to flourish in these times, surely these are among the most essential.

In this session we will look at tools and maps to help guide us through this time of massive upheaval.  We will look at the hard lessons learned by humanity at other difficult times and  from them, explore how we can live full, engaged, meaningful and even joyful lives through this time of climate chaos.

Light refreshments provided.


Karen is a strategist, organizer, teacher, writer with more than 25 years experience in making social change.  She is the founder of Climate Hope – a new project helping people build personal and community resilience in the climate era. Karen is a former Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada and past International Campaign Director of Stand.earth.  Early in her career she led the campaign to protect the rainforest of Clayoquot Sound.  She was a principle architect of the multi-sector collaboration that led to the protection of the Great Bear Rainforest. Since then she has been focused on limiting the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure projects working with interests as diverse as the Government of Alberta, indigenous leaders, grassroots environmentalists and oil company CEO’s.

Alongside her front-line work Karen trained several thousand change makers as the Executive Director of the Hollyhock Leadership Institute. There she focused on how to combine modern strategy and communication tools with the   teachings of ancient wisdom traditions to amplify the work of social transformation. Recently she has been arrested in protests against the trans-mountain pipeline and ordained as an inter-faith spiritual guide focused on climate change.

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