Facilitators are members of the Pachamama Alliance community who step into leadership by hosting Symposiums and spreading the message of Up to Us.
- Location: London, United Kingdom
- Primary Language: English
- Facilitator Since: 2016
- Website: Climate Journey
I've been a Facilitator since 2016.
As a storyteller, climate activist and educator, I work at the intersection of sustainable community-building and political mobilization, striving to understand how stories shape human relationships, resilience and revolutions.
My first act of protest was at nine years old, hiding my brothers’ lightbulbs to stand for the Amazon, the Cree of Alberta and children of the Niger Delta -- places and people I knew only through story. Acting on a feeling of interconnection I knew not yet how to explain, I flooded my representatives’ offices with letters and became a youth climate change ambassador for London.
In university I toured the US on the vegetable-oil powered Big Green Bus, worked with the National Biodiesel Board, and studied engineering in a futile search for climate solutions. As I became frustrated by my stale and reductionist studies, the fossil fuel divestment movement took the country by storm. It was as co-leader of Divest Dartmouth that I first felt part of an intersectional climate justice movement, which reinforced by my work in storytelling programs with inmates and outdoor and environmental education for under-resourced high-schoolers.
Ever-increasingly seeing climate change as a symptom of deeper cultural crisis, I turned to education as the place where cultural stories are written, and was lucky enough to be the 2014-15 Sustainability Fellow at Chewonki Semester School in Maine. There I worked alongside 83 inspired and inspiring young people searching for a different way of being.
Most recently, I was a US youth delegate at COP21, the 2015 UN Climate Conference, arriving by way of Climate Journey: a six month bicycle journey gathering stories from grassroots climate activists in eleven countries. An endless optimist, I was still often moved to tears by the hope I heard in stories from the frontlines of this crisis -- from both those fighting the old world and building the new.
I believe we are living in the opening pages of the next chapter of human history, one that has the potential to be rooted in our interconnection with one another and the Earth.
Why I'm a Pachamama Alliance Facilitator
One day in Paris during COP21, the UN Climate Conference in 2015, I left the conference center for the day to join a workshop on sustainable activism. The contrast between the metrics-driven, frantic and powerless world of non-profit engagement at the UN with a group of people in a squatted art space endeavouring to recognize one another's gifts and full humanity was stark. I left that day with a reflection and promise to myself scrawled in pink pen: “it can take more courage to disrupt activist culture with care and beauty than it can to disrupt the status quo.”
I want to facilitate Awakening the Dreamer to allow me to step into that role of bridging the gap. I want to understand how I can, as someone with power and privilege, bring the ritual, ceremony and intention of recognizing the sacred interconnection we have with one another and the Earth to climate organizing and activism.