February 17, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Climate change is here and the prospect of facing it can feel overwhelming. Learn how to turn anxiety into action and inertia into inspiration, and hear how one young person is remaining resilient in the face of the climate crisis.
Ogechi Obi is a high school junior, and an environmentalist from Bangor, Maine. She participates in her school’s Stormwater Management and Research Team (SMART), advocates for climate education policy, and engineers sustainable replacements for plastic every year as part of her school’s STEM academy. This past summer, she worked as a MEEA (Maine Environmental Education Association) community organizer. When she isn’t working, Ogechi loves to write and play field hockey.
Dr. Anne Hallward is the host and founder of Safe Space Radio and a board certified psychiatrist in Portland, Maine. She is passionate about creating spaces for people to talk about the subjects they hide, rather than leaving people isolated with their worst struggles. Formerly on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, she co-designed and taught courses on death and dying, cultural humility, sexuality, and psychiatric interviewing. She’s also published on death and dying, cultural identity and bias in medicine, sexuality, and causes of hunger in the Philippines and Bangladesh. Anne is the recipient of the Ulrich B. Jacobsohn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, the Jeanne Spurlock Social Justice Award from the Association of Women Psychiatrists, and an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She has also been recognized for her work in radio with a Gracie Award for Best Host of a Local Radio Show. Anne speaks internationally on emotional courage, stigma and shame, traumatic silence, and voluntary vulnerability as a form of leadership.
Some useful resources related to this topic:
- Don’t Tell Me to Despair About the Climate: Hope Is a Right We Must Protect, YES! Magazine
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Taking Action on Climate – You can make a difference!
CREA and BTLT are co-sponsoring a six-part weekly series on climate in January and February. The goal of this series is to inspire people to:
- Take action to slow and hopefully reverse climate change;
- Actively support efforts to address climate change at all levels (public, private, local, state, federal);
- Talk to friends, family, and others about climate solutions.
Please join us for all or some of this virtual series and learn how YOU can make a difference on this urgent issue. Start the new year off with resolve and action!
We welcome Tim Glidden as our Moderator for the entire series!
All events are free and will be hosted via zoom.
2022 Taking Action on Climate Virtual Sessions:
Session 1: Climate Inaction and Disinformation | January 6, 2022
Session 2: Maine Won’t Wait | January 13, 2022
Session 3: What’s On Your Dinner Plate? | January 20, 2022
Session 4: Do Something! | January 27, 2022
Session 5: Subtraction is Action! | February 3, 2022
Session 6: Building Resilience in Challenging Times | February 17, 2022