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Sub30s Workshop: How to Solve the Climate Emergency

Saturday, March 12th @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

You can book here OR bring cash at the door. Just turn up at the Atrium between 10:00 and 10:15. Those who can come for only half a day are welcome, but please let us know in advance. If you are skint, contact us on youngbuddhists@ipswichbuddhistcentre.org.uk. We may be able to help and we don’t want anyone to feel excluded based on inability to pay.

How can we save the planet whilst maintaining Buddhist ethics and the principle of non-violence and compassion for all?

Is this even possible, given that so many people seem intent on carrying on with lifestyles that can damage the environment?

Is force the only answer when time seems to be running out?

Many of us are deeply worried about Climate Change but feel powerless to make a real difference in a world where not everyone shares our concerns. Some of us are so angry that we feel direct, disruptive action is the only way to get countries, industries and individuals to change their ways.

Join our very special guest – Shantigarbha – for a day workshop on how we can use Buddhist teachings to take action that will transform ourselves – and those around us – in a way that makes a real, immediate difference to the Climate Emergency.

Shantigarbha (whose name means “Seed of Peace”) is a renowned Buddhist Activist, Teacher and Nonviolent Communication mediator who recently attended the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

The day will include talks, meditations and group discussions.


10:00 – 10:15 Arrive at the Atrium

10:30 – 12:30 Workshop part 1

  • Arriving exercise: body, feelings, intentions
  • Who feels grief about what humans are doing to the planet?
  • What kind of ancestors do we want to be?
  • It is easy to shy away from this issue that’s staring us in the face.
  • Who feels overwhelm, fear, despair, depression and anxiety when you think about the climate and ecological emergency?
  • How can we stay engaged and make a difference?
  • What is a compassionate response?
  • Seeing the Climate and Ecological Emergency as a crisis of empathy, imagination.
  • How can the Buddha’s teachings support us to face this emergency, to take responsibility and act proportionately?
  • The image of the burning house
  • How do we get people out of a burning house if they aren’t even aware that the house is on fire?
  • What’s our vision for these times?
  • The Buddha’s vision of interconnectedness: Indra’s Net,
  • Guided reflection: cultivating compassion towards the environment.

12:30 – 13:30 lunch 

13:30 – 16:00 Workshop part 2

  • Transforming self and world
  • Be the change exercise: from self-development to social change.
  • Guided reflection, working in topic groups.
  • Feeling your rage and depression.
  • Doing the work of grief
  • Connecting to your deepest values.
  • Imagining a new world
  • Next steps
  • Preparing the ground for these next steps.
  • Close

Tickets are £20 (students & unwaged £10) for the day, including a delicious vegan lunch.

We expect high demand for limited places so book your place early!

Whilst the event is designed for people in their early 30s and younger, those who lead, teach or work with young people in this context are encouraged to attend.

Shantigarbha’s latest book FREE to the first 10 people booking for ‘How to solve the Climate Emergency’
(you don’t need the book to join the workshop!)

Shantigarbha introduces the event

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Your Questions

Is this event suitable for me?

Everyone in their early 30s or younger is welcome. You don’t have to know anything about meditation or Buddhism or have to want to be a Buddhist.

Whilst the event is designed for people in their early 30s and younger, those who lead, teach or work with young people in this context are encouraged to attend.

What do I need to bring with me?

Bring a notebook and pen and some water to drink.

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