Bothered about climate change? Come to one of our warm and friendly climate cafés

Climate Cafés provide a supportive space in which to talk about how the climate crisis is affecting us – without pressure to act. The cafes run monthly on Sundays, 16.00 to 17.30, and are facilitated by Karen Dauncey and Rebecca Nestor. Climate cafés are not drop-in events, and we limit numbers to 12, so please try to arrive in time for the 16.00 start (though we won’t turn you away if you’re a few minutes late and there are still spaces!).

Thanks to the hospitality of Summertown café/restaurant El Rincón Thirty Eight, we are beginning our in-person climate cafés again. Climate cafés are warm, welcoming spaces, with facilitators, where people who are concerned about the climate crisis can meet in small groups and share their thoughts and feelings about climate and related issues. We’re delighted to be partnering with El Rincón for our climate cafés and hope to see you there.

We think our Climate Cafés offer something different from the usual gatherings of people with interests in climate change. They are facilitated – so you can be sure that there will be space for you to speak. They are not designed to recruit you to do anything or to put you under any pressure. The idea behind them is that talking about climate change is really important – but it is often made more difficult by our feelings of guilt that we are not doing enough, or frustration that others are not doing enough. So we provide a space in which we don’t talk about what we or others are doing or should be doing. We just talk about climate change and how it is making us think and feel. Everyone is welcome, though we don’t advise young children attending. There’s no charge. We provide the cake and we invite you to buy your own hot drink.

Read more about climate cafés in the Guardian or in Rebecca Nestor’s blog post.

Upcoming climate cafés in 2022: 16.00-17.30 on Sundays 13 February, 13 March, 10 April, 15 May, 12 June, 10 July.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE JANUARY CAFE. On Sunday 23 January 2022, the climate cafe will be a walking conversation in our lovely local nature reserve Burgess Field. We think that given the current situation with Covid, this will be safer than meeting around a table indoors. We will meet at 15.00 (note earlier time) at the bike racks near the Aristotle Lane end of the bridge to Port Meadow. (See this Google Maps link for exact location.) We’ll bring cookies but please bring your own hot drink if you’d like one. Wrap up warm of course, and wear footwear suitable for muddy conditions. The walk will last about an hour and we will stick to a gentle pace, with occasional brief stops for whole-group conversation. Burgess Field is mostly flat and the paths are well maintained. Please contact Rebecca with any queries beforehand – on the day please call or text 07702 577929.

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