Last year, the UN released SR15, a document building on ideas put forth in the infamous Paris Agreement. Most media outlets described the report as depicting an inevitably bleak future, humanity doomed to its ill-fated, fossil-fueled choices; however, a closer examination of the report reveals opportunities for a significantly more optimistic future wherein societal transformation, wealth redistribution and poverty eradication is not only possible but crucial to humanity’s survival. This ASSEMBLY would consist of two key elements 1) a bi-monthly book club open to the public for reading this 700+ page report and 2) bi-monthly public speakers and/or workshops on sustainable development and limiting climate change. All speaking engagements would be livestreamed and made publicly available for later streaming.
The purpose of this ASSEMBLY is to provide community members with accountability and a support system for reading this important document and to provide a public forum for discussing how our individual communities might harness opportunities for radical societal transformation and eradicating poverty in the fight against climate change. The desired outcome is to facilitate community discussion about and, eventually, implement practical pathways towards sustainable development goals. Although the current zeitgeist would have us believe that apocalyptic climate change is inevitable and wealth redistribution is impossible, SR15 refutes these myths and dispels the notion that individual lifestyle choices have no significant impact on climate change. In fact, the report calls for radical societal transformation through participatory decision-making processes prioritizing resource and ecosystem conservation, sustainable energy and reduction of carbon emissions. Ultimately, our goal is to create a space for collaborative learning and exploring possibilities for a sustainable future in a tangible way.
Ideal size of the group:10-40