Call for Participation – Climate Justice Study Collective

The UBC Centre for Climate Justice (CCJ), in partnership with SFU’s Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement (VOCE), is seeking participants in its inaugural cohort of the Climate Justice Study Collective.

Extended deadline – Nov 27th 

Duration of engagement: January-June 2023.

Honorarium for non-university-based CJSC members: $3500

Please note that this call is intended for non-university-based climate justice practitioners in the Vancouver area, in order to increase connections among CCJ, CERi, VOCE, and off-campus groups and organizations. It is not intended for current full-time students or faculty. 

The Climate Justice Study Collective (CJSC) intends to build connections, reflection and strategizing among climate justice activists and practitioners within and outside of UBC. We invite participation from climate justice practitioners in the greater Vancouver area – including movement and community leaders, traditional knowledge holders, organizers, activists, and staff at nonprofits and organizations, among others – who see their work as aligned with climate justice and/or would like to build those connections explicitly. CJSC members will engage in monthly study and discussion sessions with UBC and SFU faculty, guided by the overarching questions: what is climate justice? And, what is required to advance climate justice in the communities and environments in and around so-called Vancouver, BC? Insights from these discussions will be shared in at least one public conversation among CJSC members with the UBC and SFU communities. At the end of the CJSC term, members will be invited to provide feedback on the CCJ strategic plan and research agenda. More details on the proposed activities are below.

Why a study collective? Study groups, conscious-raising collectives, and self-education initiatives have long been central to progressive movements, as spaces for building collective analyses and forging solidarities. Such spaces are urgently needed in the climate movement, which necessarily encompasses far-flung issues and constituencies. The Climate Justice Study Collective is motivated by the guiding questions: how do we build solidarities among diverse movements or initiatives engaged broadly in struggles for climate justice, in order to increase our collective power to make positive change? How do we cultivate shared desires and visions of a future world worth fighting for?

Toward these ends, CJSC members participate in community-building activities, including helping to lead study group sessions exploring key issues in climate justice politics and holding a public conversation with the UBC and SFU communities on topics informed by this group work, as well as advising on the research agenda of the Centre for Climate Justice. This year, the program will be based in Vancouver, on the unceded ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. We welcome applications from activists, knowledge holders, community leaders, land defenders, and other climate justice practitioners in and around the Vancouver area.

Activities, roles, and support for Climate Justice Study Collective (CJSC) members: CJSC Members are asked to commit 8-10 hours a month to activities at SFU’s downtown Vancouver campus. These activities include:

  • Participating in and helping to lead monthly activities, both on and off-campus, with faculty and graduate students (Jan – June). CJSC Members will help to guide the focus of these meetings, with the aim of enabling deep discussion and learning on key issues in contemporary climate justice politics. The format is open to the participants to define, but could include reading groups, community/project tours, or field trips. These community conversations will be in-person. The goals of this engagement are to facilitate discussion, reflection and strategizing on intersecting climate and social justice issues, develop collective analysis and understanding, and share strategies for organizing and action.
  • Participating in one public group discussion. This public event is an opportunity to share the insights and conversations of the study collective with a wider public. The conversation might reflect on key issues and tensions within climate justice practice and organizing, and/or share stories of strategies and solidarities currently in practice.
  • Providing input to the CCJ research agenda. The CJSC will not only inform the public conversation, but also CCJ’s internal planning process to develop its research agenda. CJSC Members will help to determine key issues and topics of focus, and draw connections among diverse issues in social, environmental, and climate justice that will inform CCJ’s internal planning process. At the end of the term, CJSC Members will be asked to provide one round of feedback on the CCJ research agenda in a closing half-day workshop.

These activities are supported by a $3500 honorarium for CJSC Members for the term ($500/month, and $500 for the closing workshop and public conversation). The CCJ will provide funding for childcare services as necessary to enable participation in in-person activities.

About the partners:

The UBC Centre for Climate Justice (CCJ) is a new cross-campus research centre situated on UBC’s Vancouver campus, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Inaugurated in November 2021, the CCJ supports collaborative, interdisciplinary, and community-engaged research that advances just and effective climate action. As a Centre for Climate Justice, the CCJ aims to utilize UBC’s resources and capacities in service of those already working towards an environmentally just future. This involves bringing together activists, policy makers, elders, scholars, and community partners to identify and amplify demands, facilitate community action, and transform policy.

SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) promotes principles of participation, cooperation, social transformation, and knowledge translation to lift and strengthen the capacity of SFU’s researchers and students, to engage respectfully and ethically with community organizations, Indigenous Nations, community members, and leadership, including cultural leaders. CERi engages students, researchers, and communities to build productive and ethical research partnerships, including by centering and supporting the knowledge and expertise that already exists in community organizations, Indigenous Nations, and leadership.

SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement (SFU VOCE) supports creative engagement, knowledge democracy and access to arts and culture since December 2010. We recognize the arts as a catalyst in social change and transformative community engagement. Our programs are designed in collaboration with and for our community, creating dynamic content in the areas of Arts, Culture, and Community; Social and Environmental Justice; and Urban Issues.

Application process and criteria for selection: Those interested in joining the CJSC are asked to submit a short application by November 27thth consisting of the following:

  • A 1-2 page cover letter or video introduction describing:
    • Their work and its intersections with or contributions to climate justice, broadly defined (see the CCJ Principles for our thinking on this)
    • How they envision contributing to the CJSC and the Centre’s work
    • How they anticipate benefiting from the program
  • If applicable, a CV or resume.
  • Please email your application to climate.justice@ubc.ca, subject line: CJSC

 

CJSC Members will be selected based on their experience and knowledge on climate and social justice-related issues, politics, and organizing in the Vancouver area and beyond. We will especially prioritize involvement from practitioners and knowledge holders rooted in the Indigenous communities on whose lands our work is situated. We aim for a group of CJSC members with diverse experiences and areas of work, who can build connections among distinct issues and agendas and expand conversations on what climate justice means, and how we advance it. Our goal is to expand and deepen the relationships among universities and climate justice practitioners, and to increase our collective ability to advance more just futures in Vancouver and beyond.

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