This committee was created in the Fall of 2020 as part of a restructuring to ensure that behind-the-scenes tasks are distributed more evenly among members. They make emergency decisions between meetings, draft and distribute meeting agendas and minutes, coordinate actions and ideas between subgroups, and help guide the organization. It is made up of one member from each active subgroup, as well as a representative from the general membership.
The Welcoming Committee was created along with the Steering Committee as part of our restructuring, in recognition that it is difficult to join a new group and that we can do more to make new members feel welcome. The committee chats with new and re-involved members to match up their skills and interests with subgroups, and checks in to see how they are adjusting.
These circles are a space to share your feelings and concerns about the climate crisis in a facilitated, supportive and non-confrontational setting. They have proven to be helpful both to climate activists and to others – a good place to invite friends or family – where expertise or detailed knowledge are not required and all views are listened to with respect.
Unfortunately, they have not been run during the pandemic, but we hope to hold one soon. If you are interested in attending or receiving updates and details of future circles, please contact us!