What does organizing in the time of COVID 19 look like for the Pacific? This is a question we’ve been thinking hard about and taking the time to really navigate with good care. Our reflections on this moment have guided our approach to staying connected and being in community during this global pandemic.
Part of being in community with the Pacific Climate Warriors (PCW) is doing the work required to build and strengthen resilience systems that they can rely on. Resilience systems that ensure they are well equipped to adapt to this new way of being in community, this new way of working, this new way of organizing in online spaces and on digital platforms.
With these systems of resilience we’re building for the PCWs, we are adding to their skills in online engagement, providing them digital empowerment and allowing them to stay connected with their teams in new ways during these uncertain times.
What the Pacific Pawa Up Fellowship will do is build the absorptive, adaptive and transformative resilience of the PCWs. We want to empower them to take required actions to cope with uncertainties, make gradual adjustments to their old ways of working and finally, make intentional changes to better set themselves up for this new digital way of working across the Pacific.
Building our approach to digital empowerment means building our resilience to a changing world and ensuring we are doing our part to center justice and inclusive development for our people. No one gets left behind.
With no one being left behind we get to scale up our efforts to;
Inspire individuals to take action and grow leadership
Diversify, support, link and grow groups within the Pacific climate movement and beyond
Shift narratives on climate action and climate justice (so that we can)
Dismantle pillars of support of the Fossil Fuel Industry
Be in a space that can support the strengthening of our Pacific Climate Warriors network. From seasoned Warriors to new Warriors, this will be an opportunity to learn about, and from, each other. Strengthen our foundation and coordinate to allow for collaborative network-wide strategies to build Pacific Pawa.
Build the capacity of our Warriors to adapt to these new ways of working in order to scale up their efforts to take on the fossil fuel industry and build resilient communities by sharing frontline truths, strategies, and campaign knowledge from on-the-ground organizing in your communities.
Reflect and Evaluate
Look back on the journey of the Pacific Climate Warriors in the climate movement so far. Review and celebrate the diversity of tactics and the depth of the work and make time to really acknowledge how far we have come and how big we are getting.
Re-center on the priorities of our Pacific Pawa, then build community resilience, movement power, political alignment, and analysis and keep telling a powerful story of why Pacific Climate Warriors are needed in this world.
Module 1 : Orientation
In our orientation session, we really wanted to spend some time building a foundation for this fellowship. We introduced ourselves, our teams, we collected some data and we went over our goals, our hopes and our fears for the Pacific Pawa Up Fellowship series.
Module 2 : Pre-Training
Our pre-training session was an opportunity to look back at some of our history, our DNA, we heard from our Council of Elders and drew from those stories some lessons that are true to guiding our work today. We also spent some time going over our different structures and some of the resources and tools we can use to assess the health of our teams and why doing that especially at points of re-calibration are so important.
Module 3 : Organizing and Engagement
What does organizing in our communities looks like? During this session, we took our cohort through container agreements to set themselves up for success throughout this journey. We also got to hear stories from 350 Pacific Organizer, George Nacewa and our Council of Elder, Youth Representative, Brianna Fruean on their experiences as organizers in their communities. We pulled lessons from their stories and participants broke out into groups to discuss key takeaways that could apply to their communities.