British Columbia Library Association

Libraries in the Global Arena series

The series Libraries in the Global Arena is a continuation of the work BCLA, Public Libraries InterLINK and the BC Libraries Cooperative started together in December 2019, at the day-long session Libraries and the Climate Crisis, at the SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue, and the recent talks and workshops offered at the 2021 BC Library Conference. Additional sessions in this series will be announced over the summer and in to the fall.

This series of talks and discussions will focus on the role of libraries in effectively addressing the climate crisis while also acknowledging and mitigating the mental health issues that arise as a result of this growing global crisis. Speakers in the series will discuss the climate crisis from several viewpoints including through an Indigenous lens, and  from a young adult perspective.

Co-produced by the British Columbia Library Association, BC Public Libraries InterLINK, and the BC Libraries Cooperative.

Upcoming Sessions:

Session 2: August 13, 2021, 12-1 PM
Libraries in the Global Arena: The Climate Emergency and Mental Wellness.

Screen Shot 2021-07-16 at 12.40.03 PMJoin us on Friday, August 13th from Noon – 1:00 pm for the next “Libraries in the Global Arena: Responding to the Climate Crisis” session as Rachel Malena-Chan presents about the concept of eco-anxiety and a framework for channeling uncomfortable climate emotions into meaningful action. Rachel is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Eco-Anxious Stories, a project devoted to sharing creative expressions of eco-anxiety in order to make people feel less alone in their concerns about the climate crisis. Her research on climate engagementfocuses on narrative theory as a bridge between what matters, what’s at stake, what we want, and what it will take. Come learn about how climate storytelling can connect us to the courage and compassion to cope with eco-anxiety in an active, collective way.

The connection between climate change and mental wellness is well documented. The climate crisis threatens much of what we rely on to be healthy – through extreme weather events, erosion of ecosystems and environments, and through social and political unrest. This is already having a profound impact on our mental well-being, and the mental well-being of our families and our co-workers. These impacts may be felt directly (our physical health and daily experiences) or indirectly (our overall sense of community wellbeing).

As the climate crisis increasingly comes to our doorstep, as demonstrated by the tragedies related to the recent heat wave, it is incumbent on libraries and their staffs to be aware of these impacts, not only on the organization, but on the communities they serve.

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Recording Available:

Session 1: 


Seth Klein, The Climate Crisis and Libraries: Mobilizing for the Climate emergency. This talk originally aired June 25, 2021. A recording is now available to view and share:

Seth Klein is the author of A Good WarMobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency (ECW Press, 2020).  Seth will introduce the framework he now employs with the Climate Emergency Unit, using the “4 Markers of Emergency Mode” – a framework for action that can be readily applied to local governments and institutions like libraries wanting to act on the emergency.