The May 17 Association provided Climate 101 training to ERA LGBTI

The May 17 Association provided Climate 101 training to ERA LGBTI

24/01/2024 | Özge Gökpınar

This training was held for the components of the TNBI Group (Trans, Nonbinary, Intersex group), which has 18 members within ERA - LGBTI.

The May 17 Association provided Climate 101 training to ERA LGBTI - May 17 Association

The May 17 Association, which is well known for its climate studies. continues its climate studies to ensure making the adverse effects of climate change on vulnerable groups like women and LGBTI+ persons visible by increase the number of voices and narratives in climate justice advocacy. 

The earthquake tragedy occurred in February this year in Turkey shows us that as LGBTI+ community, we should raise our awareness regarding fundamental first aid and emergency management methods in case of earthquake, fire, etc., as the direct subjects of the climate crisis and the disasters brought by it. For that reason, May 17 wanted to raise its own awareness regarding emergency management in climate crisis for a radical change and got a emergency 101 training from AKUT.

This time, May 17 Association, with its recently prepared and published the English version of the Climate 101 guideline, prepared a Climate 101 presentation module. With that, it aimed to raise awareness in European and Balkan countries about the intersection of the LGBTI+ community and the climate crisis. 

Thus, Climate 101 training was provided on 23 January 2024 at 17:00. In this training for the components of the TNBI Caucus (Trans, Nonbinary, Intersex group), which has 18 members within the ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey, LGBTI+ Aging and Climate Studies Program Coordinator Özge Gökpınar made Climate 101 presentation to highlight the elements catalyzing the climate crisis from the past to present, to address queer ecology discussions on the climate crisis, to discuss the relation between gender, LGBTI+ community, and the climate crisis, and to emphasize why climate justice is needed, to highlight how we can transform ourselves and our activism to build a better environment and to embrace a climate justice activism; and lastly to provide recommendations how to start the transformation from ourselves in that regard. The event, attended by 10 participants, ended by Q&A session.

We would like to thank the French Embassy in Ankara and the Mediterranean Women's Fund for their contributions to the translation of the climate guide and the realization of the Emergency Management 101 and Climate 101 trainings.

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