16. November 2023
Upcoming lectures in the the framework „Disability & Climate: In conversation with…”
In September 2023, the European Centre for Environment and Human Health/University of Exeter launched a new online „Disability & Climate: In conversation with…” series for people that are interested in reflecting on and/or sharing experiences around disability and the climate crisis. This is part of a new project on disability-inclusive climate action led by the University of Exeter. The project website, ‘Sensing Climate’, is coming soon but in the meantime, you can read a little more about it online.
Our second session will take place on Thursday 16th November 2023, from 6pm – 7.30pm GMT with Dr Emma Geen. In 2021 to 2022 Emma co-produced the world’s first community climate action plan by and for Disabled people for the Bristol Disability Equality Forum. In this session, Emma will discuss the process of co-producing a disability inclusive climate plan, including the unique challenges, barriers and opportunities such a plan offers the community of Disabled people. Such plans are needed everywhere, so please come with any practical queries about how to carry out similar work in your area. If you would like to find out more and/or sign up for this second session, please complete this online form: https://forms.office.com/e/f667CHSWSP. If, for any reason, the form is inaccessible for you, please do email Sarah (Sarah.Bell@exeter.ac.uk) to share your interests in joining instead. Registration will close the day before.
The third session will take place on Thursday 11th January 2024, from 2–3.30pm GMT with Dr Polly Atkin. Polly is a poet and nonfiction writer. In 2019 she co-founded the Open Mountain initiative at Kendal Mountain Festival, which seeks to recentre voices currently at the margins of outdoor, mountain and nature writing. In her latest memoir, „Some Of Us Just Fall: On Nature and Not Getting Better”, Polly explores place, belonging and disability. She writes: “We don’t become vulnerable in a vacuum. The pandemic has shifted my understanding of the relationship between my body and the rest of the world so much that I find it hard to remember how it was before. I have always known I was vulnerable, but I had not before felt vulnerablised in the way I have done these last few years. Never before have I felt so much like prey”. In this session, Polly will reflect on the risks of continuing this vulnerabilisation of disabled people in dominant responses to the climate crisis and the importance of involving disabled people in every stage of climate discussions. If you would like to find out more and/or sign up for this second session, please complete this online form If, for any reason, the form is inaccessible for you, please do email Sarah (Sarah.Bell@exeter.ac.uk) to share your interests in joining instead.
They will also have exciting sessions on 12th March 2024 from 5–6.30pm GMT with Prof Julia Watts-Belser; 16th May 2024 BST from 9–10.30am with Áine Kelly-Costello; and on 4th July 2024 with CBM Global (timings tbc) with more details, dates and speakers to follow!