According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.
Leon C. Megginson, Southwestern Social Science Quarterly (1963)
a: Forward the email and links to the webletter you received to your networks - or cut and paste this one!.
b: Submit an original article/opinion piece for inclusion on the Voices of the GaP page
a: Join other intending convenors in an online planning meeting with one of the GaP support team.
b: Contact your colleagues and ask them to come to a collegial gathering to "open the field" locally:
~ how the local experience of climate and ecological crisis may impact them and their clients,
~ how individual and collective resilience and well-being can be strengthened,
~ what they need to support their personal and professional role is in this "existential crisis", and
~ whether there may be some practical and ethical issues that would be useful to consider in the local context.
Next Steps: Bridging the GaP
1: The global GaP:
Sign the Webletter
2: The local bridge:
Alert your colleagues
3: Mind the GaP/
Open the Field
4: Flow of Meaning
“Mind...an embodied and relational emergent process
that regulates the flow of energy and information.”
Dan Siegel, 2019
a: Read and sign the webletter here - if you have not already done so!
The web letter will be circulated to participant media in the Covering Climate Now initiative, now involving more than 300 leading media worldwide.
a: Convene or support colleague to convene a gathering of 5 - 12 professionals for 90 -120 minutes.
~ feel free to use the suggested focus questions
~ be aware of some of the myths and insights (see here)
~ appoint a note-taker for key points and any action-points
b: meet again (soon)
Please consider -
a: sharing a copy of your group's key points to the GaP team. They will be the basis of an ongoing information sharing project.
b: how best to disseminate your group's insight and meaning-making within your local area - an example press release is here.
c: groups to link with
(Transition; CPA; Ecopsychology; Work that Reconnects; etc - see Resources)
Key events & dates
UN Climate Summit (2-14 December)
web-letter and supportive information circulated to all delegates and NGO attenders.
International Happiness Day (20 March 2020): happiness requires that “economic development must be accompanied by social and environmental well-being”)
the web-letter and all names will be circulated to relevant professional and training bodies worldwide, concluding the first stage of the initiative.