A new project of Transition Sooke hopes to bring climate change into everyday dialogue by providing a comfortable place for conversation.
“The Sooke Community Climate Cafés will be informal gatherings where anyone interested can share concerns about climate change in a safe and welcoming environment,” said co-organizer Susan Clarke.
Last month, CRD declared a “Climate Emergency” in response to the recent International Panel on Climate Change’s report that gave humanity 12 years to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “While climate change is now receiving a lot of media attention, it is a bit overwhelming for many people to talk about,” said Clarke.
“I think a lot of people are feeling anxiety and a sense of despondency,” said co-organizer Jo Phillips. “We would like to give people an opportunity to talk about that over breakfast or coffee, to share their feelings and hopefully realize they are not alone.”
The first Sooke Community Climate Café will take place on March 23, from 10 until noon, at Jenny’s Country Pantry & Tea Shoppe, 6596 Sooke Road. All family members are welcome; Jenny’s has an activity corner for kids.
Transition Sooke, which is part of a worldwide movement, is a citizen’s initiative seeking common-sense steps towards a resilient and sustainable community.