Climate Café

What is a Climate Café?

King’s Climate cafés are meeting spaces that allow community members (students and staff) to come together to chat about their emotions and what the climate crisis means to them, their families, their future, and the world. The purpose of a climate café is to provide a non-judgemental reflective, safe, and respectful space for people to express their emotional responses to the climate crisis. Our community will connect through a facilitated sharing experience – there is no expectation of activism or involvement beyond this time together.

What can participants expect from attending a climate café? 

After reviewing some basic community guidelines for the climate café, participants will be led through a guided sharing exercise where they can express their emotions and experiences related to climate change and environmental crises. While everyone is encouraged to share and participate, nobody will be forced or pressured to speak - we welcome active listeners to attend.

Every climate café will end with an optional art making or journaling activity. A variety of art supplies for collaging, sketching, and/or painting will be provided for FREE to participants to use while at the event. Participants are welcome to bring supplies as well! Free coffee and tea are provided for participants who bring their reusable mugs.

It is important to note that climate cafes are not therapy. Should you want to speak to a counsellor, you can access this here on-campus or after hours here. Online self-help support is available here. A counsellor will be available on site if required. After each climate cafe, we will review and share resources available on campus to support your mental health and well-being.

Meetings will be taking place on September 26, October 31, November 28, January 30, February 27 and March 27 from 2:30 to 4:00 PM in the Vitali Student Lounge.