Utah IPL Energy Fast 2015: Discussion Guide

Purpose:

This guide was designed to help facilitate conversation. The conversation can be in the form of personal reflection, with trusted loved ones, or with a group interested in the topic. We see this as an opportunity to process some of the concerns, hopes, fear, experiences, and action that are part of our cultural dialogue about climate change and its effects. These aren’t the kinds of questions that have “right” or “wrong” answers; it’s our hope that they might be a platform for you to tell your own stories. Maybe it will help engage you in talking about this issue for the first time, or be a step towards re-engaging for the hundredth time. Whatever your stories and experiences with climate change may be, we welcome your dialogue and your energy towards making our world more sustainable for all. Please share your thoughts with us on social media using the hashtags #utahIPL , #offandon , and #actonclimate , or email them to us at outreach@utahipl.org

Questions for Reflection:

  • What experiences have you had that taught you about the impact of climate change (firsthand experiences, moments that shifted your awareness, etc.)?
  • If you have a religious or spiritual tradition, what does it teach about humanity’s relationship with the natural world?
  • Are there connections you have made between your own beliefs/values/spirituality and climate change?
  • What is it like for you to hear news about climate change? About the upcoming climate change summit in Paris?
  • What helps you stay involved on a “gut level” in challenging issues like climate change?
  • Who or what gives you strength when you feel sadness/despair/apathy/other negative emotions connected to climate change & environmental issues?
  • Do you have personal practices that help you focus/inform your engagement with the issue of climate change?
  • Has your life changed since you started thinking about climate change and its effects on our world? If so, how?
  • What do you wish was happening locally in response to climate change?
  • How do you want to be part of acting on climate change?