Racism has had a deeply damaging and divisive effect on everyone. Understanding and healing the effects of racism on us as individuals is a necessary step in creating a movement that can sustain all life and restore the environment.

In this workshop, participants will: • Learn about the development and maintenance of racism, • Examine the effects of historic and systemic racism on individual lives, interpersonal connections, relationships, and the environmental movement. • Examine manifestations of racism in the environmental movement and global response to climate change. • Learn about the theory and practice the tools of Sustaining All Life and United to End Racism (based in Re-evaluation Counseling*) as a strategy to overcome the effects of racism in our individual lives and in organizations.

Sustaining All Life and United to End Racism are international grassroots organizations working to end climate change within the context of ending all divisions among people. Our goals include: • Increasing awareness of the existence of and damage caused by climate change, • Freeing people from oppression and hurts that turn them against one another and make them compete for resources, • Supporting one another to organize effectively to preserve and restore the environment.

* Re-evaluation Counseling (RC) is a well-defined theory and practice that helps people of all ages and backgrounds exchange effective help with each other in order to free themselves from the emotional scars of oppression and other hurts. By taking turns listening to each other and encouraging emotional release, people can heal old hurts and become better able to think, to speak out, and to organize and lead others in building a world in which all human beings and other life forms are valued and the environment is restored and preserved.

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