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Disability - The Blind Spot in Climate Activism
Online via Zoom
Edinburgh United Kingdom
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Wednesday 10th June
4pm - 6:30pm (with break!)

Do you value equality in your life and the work that you do? Is social justice on your agenda?

Would you like to overcome the hypocrisies that detract from your integrity and connection to environmental and social justice work?

Everybody possesses inherent prejudices that we carry in our daily lives. Ableism is present at all levels of society, often left unspoken, it is the essence of othering, stating what is desirable and not desirable. It is an ugly issue to address and is often left at the bottom of the pile when doing anti-oppression work in activism including anti-racism work, anti-sexism work etc. In reality this means that addressing ableism meaningfully forces us to direct the lens of attention onto ourselves to start to understand and unpick these patterns of behavior.

Emily Obree is an experienced disabled activist who will guide us through this process in a judgement free environment. This session will explore the wider narratives surrounding disability, its history and more specifically its history in Environmental movements.

This is an anti-oppression method so if you are in the for anti-racism, gender equality and wider justice work this will be useful for you.

A critical eye will be cast constructively onto XR, as one of the largest groups in the green movement it bears considerable responsibility to establish best practice. Together we will look at what has gone wrong in the climate movement with regards to disability and inclusivity and signpost the way to changing this together, to create a more inclusive, fair, just and sustainable society. That process starts at home. This is a messy and nuanced fight and the inner work we each do speaks volumes.

This will be the first of two sessions, and we strongly encourage you to sign up for both.

Session 1 will be about unpicking this issue in detail and in a relatable context. It will focus on what history has taught us, what has not worked, what is perpetuating harm. It will be a listening space to hear directly from a disabled activist and to learn from the emotional work she has personally put in to process these traumas. It will be personal and thus needs to be taken sensitively and compassionately. This is not a space for people without disability to take space to express how they feel offended, feel a need to defend themselves with regards to this issue. Leave your egos and know we are here together to make this better together.

Session 2 will be more of an interactive discussion more open to wider experiential understanding, empathy response and solutions. It will focus on what positive steps we can take going forward. The date is yet to be confirmed but we aim to have it before July

Each will last for 2.5 hours including a 15 minute break for personal reflection and a snack.

A pre-recorded session will be made available and the attended session will not be recorded.

Financial contribution. We have a role in reshaping the economic world around us. Culturally it has become acceptable for much of the public good work, the caring work, the justice work to come from volunteer labour or low waged workers. Essentially we believe we must pay oppressed people for their labour in undoing the oppressors that live within us. Therefore we are asking for a suggested donation of £3-£12 depending on your means.

Accessibility.If you feel unable to pay the donation then please don't hesitate to register for a free ticket. If you need additional support for example a pre-sent transcript, a buddy during the meeting who you meet before to provide emotional support please get in touch with us at xrsjustice@gmail.com and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

About the speaker:

Emily identifies as a disabled-disability and climate crisis activist. For the last 2 years Emily has been a highly active member of the Glasgow Disability Alliance, a charity by disabled people for disabled people focusing on advocacy and rights for disability in Scotland. She has been a part of the Drivers for change group pressuring the government for policies and education including writing the material and reviewing it with the government. Since the age of 17 she has been involved in the zeitgeist movement of a resource based economy and social movement science. Emily also has been involved in digital privacy/rights and hacker-space autonomy which she has applied in the context of speaking out against unjust police surveillance.
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Online via Zoom (View)
Delivered Live
Edinburgh EH
United Kingdom


Online / Streaming / Virtual
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Ewan Tennant
On BPT Since: May 22, 2020
Justice and Solidarity - XR Scotland


Question: How do I pay for the ticket?
Answer: Hi there, we had a little difficulty with processing of the donation tickets. Try now it should be up and running. Sorry you ran into a problem with this, and thank you! See you on Wednesday

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