Sanity and Soul: Grief & Climate Change with Stephen Jenkinson

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You can also see Stephen speak at two other events in Melbourne

  1. Sat. March 4: Night of Grief & Mystery 7 - 9:30pm http://bit.ly/GriefMysteryMelb
  2. Sun. March 5: day long Die Wise Teaching 10am - 4pm - http://bit.ly/ElderhoodMelb


“A gift we have to give in our time is the sound of our grief for the devastating impact we’re having on our planet, this is wisdom working for climate change…our time is marked by the sound of a sob.” - Stephen Jenkinson

As a Harvard-educated specialist in palliative care, Jenkinson is an unorthodox speaker on the topic of climate change. His grey hair is pulled into a rope-like braid down his back, and his skin is sun-burned from years of “Iron Age” style farming. He quotes from Samuel Beckett as well as Chris Rock. But he’s an entirely appropriate speaker in the context of ‘environmental elders engaging in climate change.’

Jenkinson acknowledges that children born today will never live in the kind of environment he grew up with. Today, starfish are melting en masse in the ocean, and abnormal weather events have become the new normal. Naturally, he says, young people are upset.

“It’s the responsibility of anyone my age to have something to say to them, without trying to pry anything away – because what they’ve got, it’s entirely legitimate. But they haven’t given up yet. This is a moment you have to be ready for, if you’re my age, and you’re incapable of being ready unless you can bring grief to the banquet table.”

This will be a unique event as part of Stephen’s 2017 Oceania tour, as it is the only one where Stephen is specifically addressing grief as it relates to climate change.

We are proud to co-host this event in collaboration with Lina Patel and Kinship Ritual, with generous support from Donkey Wheel House Events. 

You can find out more about this special event and secure your ticket here.