In 2022 CJU and Rabble books and Games partnered up to host a series of reading groups to foster a community thinking and action for climate justice. These book club style events included a range of different length texts (books, poems, podcasts etc) to accommodate peoples' different capacities.
Each season’s readings were organised around a theme. The themes were:
Click on one of the themes above to view the readings, the session discussion prompts and a summary of our conversations.
To explore the themes yourself, you can view the full reading list with links to some of the texts here. If you want to read these with others or want to host a similar style reading group you may like to consider the Culture and Norms helped to create the space.
Whether you like to read or listen, have an hour or every night before bed, there’s something for everyone to connect with to explore the theme. The reading list includes a variety of 'texts' ranging from short to long:
What is the Climate Justice Reading Group
Reflections on the reading group
In the last reading group we discussed how ideas and our relationship to them change over time as our own thinking and society shifts.
For example we noticed that in Parable of the Sower the idea for colonising space is more widely accepted as a problematic idea today than it might have been in 1993 when the book was published. The Glad Shout was also for one reader once a favourite, but later they saw it as an issue that the book props up narratives that problems such as climate change are on only real and of concern when they upper middle class white people experience them.
We connected these reflections on the readings to our own changing perspectives and moral compass. We agreed that in all things it is important to be compassionate to those around us, who's perspectives can, have and will change if we treat each other with dignity and respect - We hope the reading group continues to achieve this way of being.
In the last session we heard from regulars that the conversations were really special and even life changing.
Thank you to everyone who participated and made the conversations and relationships as good as they were! Special thanks to Rachel Watts and Kylie Wrigley for coordinating and facilitating and to Nat and the Rabble Books team for hosting.