I'll level with you. After writing this post, 'week' didn't seem like a real word anymore.
Recently, Matt and I took part in ‘The Week’. It’s a five-day-long space for conversations about the climate crisis and the defining journey we all need to go on in the next 10 or 20 years to avoid a total breakdown. ‘The Week’ is seperated into three hour-long documentaries. And I’ll be honest, despite having worked in this space for the past four years, the first episode laying out the damage to communities, biodivesity and our bodies made me want to ugly cry in the shower.
But as the week goes on, you get a stronger sense of your power and role in helping mitigate the worst of this crisis. So, therefore I wanted to share three key takeaways:
Different perspectives are powerful
On the journey we need to go on, we need to be able to listen to each other to tweak and craft our story of climate resilience to build a more tangible world for all to benefit. One key highlight I found interesting here is, ‘if the answers were obvious, we wouldn’t be debating them’.
REAL change doesn't happen at the boardroom
At Rubber Republic, helping people understand their own inidividual power to create change is baked into the core of everything we do. So this didn’t come as a suprise when this was highlighted during ‘The Week’, but it does serve as a good reminder and boost when we are inevitably feeling powerless when pushing for change. It only takes enough of us to stand up!
Joy as an act of resistance
Grieving is good, and it shows that you care. But joy is potent and helps move us towards more and more action. The road we need to go on will be tough so it’s vital to find joy in the actions we take in order to maximisie our chances of getting through to the other end.
All in all, ‘The Week’ made me feel more motivated and inspired to take action whilst bolstering my understanding of the crisis. Fancy doing ‘The Week’ with your co-workers or friends? Organise a session and find out more: https://www.theweek.ooo/organize-session