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Recentering Our Movement

18 March
10:00 am
3:00 pm


‘Recentering our movement’ is a day long dialogue process facilitated by Suzanne Dhaliwal, climate justice creative and founder of No Tar Sands. It’s for anyone wishing to strengthen their understanding of climate justice, power and privilege in environmental campaigning.

The past 18 months have seen an unprecedented surge of global activism in response to the climate crisis. However, what’s often overlooked is that this new wave of climate organising builds on 500 years of social movements challenging the patriarchy, capitalism and extractivism that have pushed the earth into climate crisis. How can the contemporary climate movement move beyond protesting and striking to foster a culture of care and community that is self reflective and responsive to power dynamics? As the 2020s begin, it’s important to recognise the strategies and power dynamics at play within emergent activisms, and how/whether they respect and work alongside BAME and frontline climate justice movements that have been responding to the crisis for so long.

By looking into our autobiographies, we begin to unpack our ‘personal power maps’ and understand the ways we bring power dynamics into our practices as climate activists, artists and educators.

The first half of the day offers space for personal reflection and mapping our identities in relationship to power together. The process works to move away from the tensions and blame often associated with groupwork in relation to power and privilege, towards mutually respectful exploration of our identities. From here, we can begin to explore new ways of working that challenge habitual power relationships, to holistically understand the power structures in our activism and creative practices.

After lunch, we’ll apply the morning’s insights to understanding how power relations play out in our work. We’ll develop strategies to challenge power dynamics in our organisational structures, campaigns and practices to build an intersectional climate justice movement.

About Suzanne Dhaliwal

Suzanne is an activist and campaigner working on indigenous rights and mining issues. She is the director and co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which works in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations and financial institutions invested in the Alberta Tar Sands.

She has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders Canada raising awareness about the impacts of mining on the mental health of indigenous communities impacted by mining in Colombia. She has been connecting environmental justice struggles in the Arctic, Tar Sands and Nigeria specifically around Shell’s human rights violations. Since 2011, Suzanne has developed anti-oppression and creative action trainings to support the development of a creative inclusive environmental movement grounded in anti-oppression principles.

Suzanne is currently visiting research fellow in the Centre for Spatial Environmental and Cultural Politics, University of Brighton.

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18 March
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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