Cross Government Climate Hub
In our respective climate groups, we are all trying to build a better future. By raising awareness, connecting and supporting we are helping our members channel their emotions into positive climate actions. However, in the Collective we have struggled with time and capacity; there is never enough. We have seen many members burn out or have to step away as the strain of volunteering becomes too great. This is common in climate groups around the world and perfectly represents the problem: meeting the challenges of daily life prevents us from addressing something that threatens the very existence of our daily lives as we know them. We know that failing to address our situation quickly enough will mean future generations will not have lives with the same opportunities, stability or even the safety that we see today.
Community is at the heart of the Hub. To continue to engage with our mission we must work together and support each other to maintain resilience in the community. We are connected to the Climate Psychology Alliance and the amazing work they do. They have trained Hub community members to facilitate support sessions on climate anxiety. We have dedicated channels in the Hub for wellbeing. Members can connect with each other on monthly 1 to 1 calls to get to know others and we have weekly video calls for members to discuss and collaborate on climate issues.
We can't address the climate crisis on our own and no-one need feel alone in dealing with the feelings surrounding it.
Building resilience and climate impact across all parts of the Public Sector
Cross Government Collaboration
We know that this crisis is a systemic problem that requires systemic solutions. In our work, we have seen the fear, frustration, anger and passion people have in relation to this massive challenge and we believe our respective environmental groups can work together to catalyse the change needed.
Working in our separate groups and organisations is perfect for maintaining an identity over our online spaces, events and the work we do. Our groups give us the freedom to try new ideas quickly and follow our passions to try new ones. Not all of that work can be, or should be shared out to all Public Sector audiences. But, just like in innovation centres around the country; working and communicating alongside each other organically develops new relationships and helps identify new opportunities. Together we can have greater impacts to accelerate action on the Climate and Biodiversity Crisis throughout the Public Sector.
When Nature thrives it has two things: diversity and connectivity
The Public Sector is hugely diverse, both in the type of work it does and the experience of people in it, but one thing it lacks though is connectivity. Nature relies on this in every thriving ecosystem; to be resilient, to adapt to change and to use and share resources efficiently.
Old-growth forests are more resilient than replanted forests for this very reason: both above and below ground there is a network of plants, animals, insects, bacteria and fungi that all work together to withstand change and adapt to it. These highly connected systems have a memory of past challenges like droughts and wildfires and how to be resilient to all of them. They work in ways that we are only just starting to fully understand but some things are already clear: they share space, they share energy and they share information. In short; they work together and they are more adaptable and resilient as a result.
Capitalising on network effects we can answer more questions, connect more people and collaborate on projects to have more impact with a wider audience.
You can have a channel on our slack just for your own community, have all the conversations you have already but right next to others who also want to make a difference. We can run events together, share information, answer questions and offer advice to people working and volunteering on this crisis throughout the public sector.
Slack is now the platform of choice for large cross-government groups to collaborate asynchronously. We have done a lot of the hard work to get the slack workspace organised, administered and simplified for a user experience reflecting what our users need. We have created material and provide live sessions for members to learn the basics quickly and start using it fluidly. We are pulling interesting and useful information off the space so it remains easily accessible.
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