Moving Beyond Despair about the Climate Crisis: Engaging Emotions Through Poetry
Solastalgia is a Vancouver youth-led community initiative that focuses on eco-anxiety and climate justice through arts-based events.
Their next event, Moving Beyond Despair about the Climate Crisis: Engaging Emotions Through Poetry, will be a creative experience engaging the participants in conversation focused on finding words to convey your feelings. Poetry is something that can have healing powers in times of sadness and trauma. It has the potential to impact people by enabling diverse voices to speak out and to be heard.
Participants do not need to have prior poetry or environmental initiatives experience and this will be a no-judgement space to explore feelings and experiences with the climate crisis through poetry. This is an all-ages event, just bring your emotions and thoughts about the climate crisis to share.
Location: Metrotown Burnaby Public Library
Burnaby, BC (6100 Willingdon Avenue)
Doors Open: 1:00 pm
Event Time: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Cost: Free (please register here)
Solastalgia started from the Apathy is Boring Vancouver RISE Cohort 10 that created a community project focused on eco-anxiety and launched as the Solastalgia zine. Solastalgia creates this series of zines and organizes arts-based events focused on amplifying intergenerational and youth voices around climate justice themes, eco-anxiety and eco-emotions. They aim to empower more youth to become engaged environmental leaders.
The goal of Solastalgia is to normalize eco-anxiety and the large spectrum of emotions that Canadian youth feel as a result of the climate crisis and the planetary health crisis. They are doing this by amplifying youth voices and providing a platform for open discussion through artistic mediums.
The theme for the February 2024 issue of the GTEC Reader is Youth. We will have young people’s voices and interviews with youth-led organizations, including an interview with Solastalgia!
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