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Climate Change advocacy can take a personal toll on the well being of CCL Members.  Anxiety about the future, stress over current climate impacts and the challenges of political conflict over climate solutions challenge all of us.  CCL's Peer Support  goal is to empower members to provide themselves and others better self care strategies and support.  For now we have adopted an introspective, peer support program called "Ongo" as a tool to empower volunteers to practice self-care and manifest compassionate conversations.  The Peer Support Action Team Leaders are Jeff Joslin‍ and Laura Sacks‍.  Please reach out to any one of us if you have questions.
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Our recent Action Team Communication:

Announcing new 12-week Ongo Session
Starting January 2020
Day/time: TBD on Zoom

Feeling anxious about the World's climate future? This can lead to frustration, depression or irritability impacting our interpersonal relationships or our climate advocacy. Emotional and spiritual fitness are important to maintaining our energy and enthusiasm. Many of us have found Ongo to be a great way to provide the self-care that enables us to be strong, more fulfilled and happier climate advocates.

Ongo's goal is to enable authentic, heart to heart connection helping us to bridge differences with others. It is a valuable tool for CCL volunteers, offering an opportunity to experience personal development in a safe, supportive environment. Topics like self-care, mindfulness, forgiveness, empathy and compassion are explored, in an effort to learn how to further understand both ourselves and others. All CCLers welcome.

Click here for more information and click here to sign up.


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Thanks Solemi and all of you who participated in our Oct. 15 webinar Leadership During Crisis and Cultural Transformation.  In the webinar, Solemi Hernandez lead us thru 12 Principles for Spiritual Leadership, and we linked that to our climate advocacy work and CCL's core values.
If you missed it, you can watch it here

Laura Sacks

Peer Support Action Team Co-Leader
Citizens’ Climate Lobby

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Hi Everyone,

I am writing to all of you who have participated in a Peer Support Ongo Group to tell you about an upcoming webinar and to fill you in on our progress of providing Peer Support to CCL Members.
 
We have an exciting Webinar, "Leadership During Crisis and Cultural Transformation,” planned for Tuesday October 15th at 8pm Eastern, 5 Pacific (see flyer below for details). CCL’s Southeast Regional Coordinator, Solemi Hernandez, will share her personal experience with 12 principles she incorporates as a climate advocate and CCL leader. Solemi is a heartfelt advocate who’s enthusiasm and values inspire me. Join her in this webinar as she speaks with Peer Support’s Co-Leader, Laura Sacks. Sign up here.
 
We’ve held several Ongo Seminars in the past year.  They’ve gone really well.  There is currently one underway.  Laura and I are planning a new Ongo Group starting in January or February.  Let us know if you are interested or better yet would like to organize this or another Ongo:  Jeff joslin.jeff@gmail.com or Laura sacks.laura@gmail.com.
 
We are interested in hosting other CCL Peer Support webinars and welcome your input.  We are looking for professional, spiritual or self-help speakers that would share about personal growth and/or self-care for climate advocates.  Got a suggestion?  Along that line, we are also open to hosting other Peer Support programs similar to Ongo.  If you have an idea you or someone else could lead, please bring it to us.
 
One unfulfilled idea I’ve had is a CCL Peer Support Facebook Group.  Got an interest in help others through Social Media?  We could use help growing in other ways too … finding better ways to promote our Webinars and Ongo Groups, leading a Peer Support Ongo Seminar locally, or help organizing our broader Peer Support coordination and strategies.  
 
We’ve had some great volunteer help with Ongo; thanks to Caterina Lindman, Judy O'Leary and David Henry (we’ve got an incredibly strong Canadian presence that includes Laura).  More assistance and help is welcome.
 
Many of us throughout CCL are challenged by the stresses and conflicts of our work in an increasingly hostile political environment, as the urgency becomes ever more apparent.  This is fertile ground for providing support, encouragement and other creative ways for Peer Support to help.  Climate advocacy is incredibly important as is Peer Support for those doing this challenging work.  Help us provide that. 
 
As always, we’d love for you to reach out to us with any thoughts or comments you have.
 
Many Blessings,
 
Jeff

Jeff Joslin
Peer Support Action Team Co-Leader
Citizens’ Climate Lobby



Welcome to Peer Support: Ongo

Sometimes our CCL work can be stressful because we are so passionate about our mission and struggle to encourage others to share our enthusiasm. But, if we just stop for a moment, take a long, deep breath and refocus, we can regain that drive to shine and keep on going. That’s the premise of Ongo.
Watch the Peer Support Webinar on Self Care.  Ben White, LCSW shares his experience as a therapist helping climate advocates to integrate their process into meaningful action.  Ben also encourages groups (like CCL Chapters) to consider incorporating periodically discussing the emotional toll of climate activism.

Ben speaks to ways individuals and groups can find support while facing the challenges of climate advocacy.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cJk4z7xFunXFM-nqh4k-iqGf_cnuM3_1/view

A new ONGO Peer Support Group will be forming in the coming months based on sign ups.  Many of us have found Ongo to be a great way to provide the self-care that enables us to be strong, more fulfilled and happier climate advocates.  How?  Find out more here ...   Sign up here. 


Peer Support Links ... 

Deep Resilience Webinar July 24th

Watch the Peer Support Webinar on Self Care

ONGO Information and sign up link

Ongo Sign-up Form

Ongo Flyer

The Ongo Book guide for conducting Groups using Zoom video conferencing

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