Drawdown course to go deeper into solutions to global warming

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

First Nations House, North Borden Building, 563 Spadina Ave, 3rd floor, Toronto

Register for $30 – $160

Imagine that we have succeeded in reversing global warming. Imagine that the strategies we employed have generated more employment, created greater equality, and that the quality of life of our city, province and country has improved in the process. Imagine that this process is not only eminently achievable in the present time, but is cost effective and practical, is already in existance and can be scaled up immediately.

Imagine that you are an integral part of making that happen.

Once exposed to the Drawdown, many of you have expressed a desire to go deeper, and find ways of getting into action. To that end Pachamama have put together a course (based on the book Drawdown: "The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming" by Paul Hawken), as an opportunity to come together with others on a journey to radically shift your relationship to global warming: to become better informed, inspired, empowered -- and to get in action.

An important aspect of the course is building community among participants, sharing experiences and collaborating on ideas and opportunities for action.

This 5 session course is fun, fully engaging in many ways and gets you as deeply into the drawdown material as you want to go. The sessions will deepen your knowledge of Drawdown solutions and strategies through videos, presentations, individual research, and group interaction . It is also an opportunity to explore the aspects of the Drawdown project that speak to you , where you would like to develop further your skills and knowledge in partnership with like-minded individuals.

By popular request, the first session of the course will be an Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium - the result of 10 years of close collaboration with the Indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. Its puppose is to bring forth a spiritually fulfilling, socially just and ecologically sustainable world as a guiding principle for our time. It is a deeply engaging, powerful process of connecting with ourselves and the planet.

In the next 3 sessions we’ll cover the science, the impact and the scale of the solutions in an inspiring and easily understandable way. Participants will have the opportunity to research between sessions and go deeper on certain solutions that resonate with them and take on a project to get into action in their own community and to advocate for nationally and internationally. 

The final session will be a celebration and sharing of action plans after a 4 week break in which you will be able to develop your plan for action. 

The response to previous courses has been highly positive, with many continuing their engagement ever since.

Cost according to your means: suggested donation $160 for 5 sessions. Students and low income, $80 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Schedule: Monday eveinging 6:30-9:30 - 563 Spadina Circle 3rd floor.

April 1 -Awakening the Dreamer Bringing Indigenous world views together with "modern" science to open a world of possibilities.

April 8 - Discover your relationship to Global Warming; understand how the course will work and what will be involved; get (re)introduced to Drawdown and inspired by its possibilities; leave having already jumped in

April 15 - Deepen your connection: Present results from studying your solution and hear from others; eyes closed process to select “your” solution for the rest of the course

April 22 - Dive into action: Share how the solutions are already in action in the world, brainstorm in groups and listen to how you are being called into action ahead of writing your action plan

May 20 or 29 to be decided - Disseminate and celebrate: Report back on your project in action and share with others the successes and challenges. Find options for collaboration and agree to how support and stay connected moving forward. Potluck sharing.