Climate Café training
Hosting and facilitating Climate Cafés
Have you attended a Climate Café before and found it helpful? This in-person training delivered by the Climate Psychology Alliance at Manchester Museum will equip you with the skills to host and facilitate Climate Cafés. Learn how to create a welcoming environment for people to get together and talk about climate change. Whether you’re already actively involved in climate action or just feel concerned about the issues and don’t know what to do about it, this training is an opportunity to make a difference and connect with like-minded individuals.
Who is this workshop for?
We want to support the growth of Climate Cafés in communities across Greater Manchester. This training is for anyone who would like to develop the confidence to set up their own café, and offers the chance to join a network of emerging cafés and facilitators. There are also paid opportunities to facilitate the public Climate Cafés hosted regularly at Manchester Museum.
The workshop covers the psychology of the climate and ecological emergency, a taster Climate Café, building a toolkit of practical resources and a discussion of the organisation and facilitation of Climate Cafés.
Do I have to attend a Climate Café to join the training?
Yes, it is important to have been a participant in a Climate Café before you undertake the training, to experience first hand what it is like to engage in this sort of space before facilitating one yourself, and to have the space to explore your own feelings. If you can attend more than one, even better.
The Climate Psychology Alliance regularly run online cafes – follow this link to go directly to the Eventbrite page to check dates and availability. It is not essential to have attended a Climate Café led by CPA but ideally it should be one that has a similar structure and approach.
What is a Climate Café?
Adapted from the Death Café model, a climate café is a simple, empathetic space where fears & uncertainties about our climate & ecological crisis can be safely expressed. It is an action-free space: the focus is our thoughts and feelings about climate change, rather than what we’re doing about it.
Why do we need Climate Cafés?
Anxiety and unease caused by issues related to the climate and ecological crisis is profoundly affecting people’s wellbeing and mental health. A recent survey revealed more than 60% of people aged 16–25 reported experiencing some form of climate-related anxiety.
A Climate Café aims to get more people talking about climate change and provide a welcoming and supportive space to share our feelings. They are for everyone to participate in, whether you are involved in climate action or not. Many people find them inspiring and positive experiences.
How long does the workshop last?
The workshop is 3.5 hours long, including breaks. A light lunch and refreshments are included.
How much does it cost?
The standard fee is £20 and we offer concessionary places at £5 for students and those on a low income, but please get in touch if the fee is an issue.