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      Intimate Dilemmas in the Climate Crisis: Kids and Feelings about the Future in New York

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      July 24, 2019

      Wednesday   6:00 PM

      99 Madison Avenue
      New York, New York 10016

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      Intimate Dilemmas in the Climate Crisis: Kids and Feelings about the Future

      Intimate Dilemmas in the Climate Crisis: Grief, Kids and Feelings about the FutureHosted by Hot Takes and Britt Wray Featuring Mary Annaise Heglar - Director of Publications, Natural Resources Defence CouncilJosephine Ferorelli - Co-Founder, Conceivable FutureMatthew Schneider-Mayerson - Assistant Professor, Yale-NUS CollegeJade Begay - Filmmaker,  strategist and Indigenous rights and climate justice activistBritt Wray - Author, science media host and 2019 TED Resident Climate change and its associated impacts can cause a wide range of emotions and affect communities in unique, often disproportionate ways. Grief, fear, despair, depression, motivation, hope and the desire for a better future are all sentiments that can be very personal, but are also what unite us. We will investigate a set of difficult intimate issues that are gaining momentum in public debates around climate: What does it mean to bring new life (children) into this catastrophic climate crisis? How can we process difficult emotions spurred by climate change in ways that foster resilience? Come hear different voices discuss how they approach the question of having and raising children (or not) amidst climate breakdown, and what new vulnerabilities our changing environments are creating for people (in profoundly inequitable ways), before participating in a mini-workshop on these themes. In this discussion and mini-workshop, we will explore frameworks that may help guide your thoughts on these issues, and will make room to question all kinds of perspectives. Concepts may range from environmental justice and intersectionality, to carbon-intensive lifestyles, to how a rapidly changing world affects the life of any child born today and more. The decision to have a child and one’s feelings about the future are deeply personal, and shaped by all sorts of cultural norms, religious beliefs, education levels, socioeconomic status and more, making this a dynamic topic with no “right” responses. At the same time, the growing debate around whether and how to raise children in the climate crisis is an urgent indicator of how hard-pressed people are feeling as our physical environments become more punishing towards us. Join us to explore the tensions and debates around the psychological impacts of living on a warming planet, and begin to channel our individual views and feelings into positive, collective work in the world. We are very grateful for the support of Clean Choice Energy and Brooklyn Brewery! Brooklyn Brewery Clean Choice EnergyCleanChoice Energy's mission since day one has been to make clean energy accessible for everybody. You don’t need to install solar panels or even own your home, apartment, or business space to reduce your impact on the environment. You simply make the switch, and we make sure all the energy you use is replenished on the grid with 100% clean wind and solar power.

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