Introducing our new book for climate activists, community organizers and engaged citizens
Written by the experienced intersectional youth climate justice organizers at Shake Up The Establishment, this book provides a guided experience for readers to explore and play with our Rest, Recovery and Resistance (3RS) framework, a spin on sustainability’s well-known slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. By making time for rest, promoting recovery from burnout, and celebrating sustained acts of resistance, this book helps to facilitate radical dreaming and imagination beyond current systems. To support progress towards actualizing shared visions for just, equitable, climate-resilient futures, this self-published organizer's manual features 244 hand-illustrated pages rich with activities and educational resources that guide readers on how to incorporate intersectionality, systems-thinking and anti-colonial practices within their climate solutions work.
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These images are from the Climate Dreaming Journal book order pre-launch event in Toronto on October 10, 2023. Photos by Zaki Farow (@zfarow)
Words from the creators
I am so proud to work alongside such a passionate, dedicated & creative team that collaboratively brought this never-before-done initiative to life. SUTE’s grounding framework throughout this work - Rest, Recovery, Resistance (the 3Rs), is inspired by the Healing Justice framework, the decolonizing wellness movement, emerging experiences of fellow organizers during peak moments of the COVID-19 pandemic, and teachings stemming from my positionality as a Sikh woman, namely the spirit of Chardi Kala. This book is not only the most fun learning tool for yourself on critical topics necessary for inclusive and meaningful activism, but it is also self and community care-enriched, ensuring sustained and impactful engagement in the movement. Check out the excerpt below to learn more about the 3Rs framework behind this book!
Co-Founder and President of SUTE
Imagine a reflective journal, activist’s handbook and book of poetry all rolled into one dreamy, hand-illustrated package. This journal is for anyone who dreams of a better collective future and is ready to take action towards it. It shakes up what it means to be an engaged citizen.
Co-Founder and Director of SUTE
This Climate Dreaming Journal is a collaborative and creative offering of love! It has been so inspiring to feel first hand the care and dedication that went into this process from so many folks at SUTE. To now witness the culmination of our collective knowledge, lessons, special seasonings, and tid-bits from our hearts is truly so wonderful to see. I hope that everyone who moves through this journal feels the passion, fun, and intention weaved throughout it, and can really dive into these crucial practices of rest, recovery, and resistance for yourself and your communities.
Righting History Writer & Researcher
"A gift to every human rising to meet the moment. Our ancestors and future generations rejoice over our commitment to rest, recovery and resistance practices and teachings found in this journal. This collective work will build new worlds, filled with joy and ease."
Janelle LaPointe, Climate Justice & Indigenous Rights Organizer and Co-lead Mobilization & Engagement, David Suzuki Foundation
About the Climate Dreaming Journal
Functioning as a love letter from the SUTE team, this hand illustrated 244-page long book features:
40+ interactive activities & prompts centring rest, recovery and resistance & collective dreaming
Evidence-informed readings and reflective activities
Resource compilations that further critical understandings of justice, decolonization, mental health awareness, intersectionality and systems-thinking
Creative written work centring intersectional lived experiences
Invitations to find ways to engage in prioritize slow, intentional and relational community care
Why We Made This Book
Practicing Rest, Recovery, Resistance: An Interactive Dreaming Journal is composed of prompts, resources, and reflections that were developed with an immense amount of care and consideration for you, our community of fellow climate activists, community organizers and engaged citizens. By making time for rest, promoting recovery from burnout, and celebrating sustained acts of resistance, this journal helps to support radical dreaming and imagination beyond current systems.
We designed this journal to create opportunities for joy, reflection, and learning as we try to combat the mass occurrence of eco-grief across the climate movement. We want to remind young organizers that taking time for themselves to rest and recover is not only a necessity, but part of the resistive effort against the unhealthy working standards set by the capitalistic, colonial society we presently exist in.
Many young activists are told that their hopes for a better future are naive or unrealistic, but through this journal, we want to remind them that radical thinking is what we need right now. Dreaming and hoping for a better future is a key part of challenging the very systems keeping us from it. Young people must take time to rest, recover and reimagine as we fight for a future in which we not only get to survive, but thrive.
What You're Supporting When You Purchase This Book
We have invested almost two years of love, research, rest, and shared dreaming to self-publish this book with great intention and care. We went this route to allow for flexibility to ensure we maintained creative control and could work in a way that honours our grassroots origins. As such, pre-orders are critically needed to support the success of this work.
Pre-ordered copies will be locally printed and mailed out by mid-December. In early 2024, we anticipate having a few digital excerpts from various sections of the book available via our website to provide more accessible options to members of our community.
100% of all proceeds collected from journal sales will go directly towards sustaining Shake Up The Establishment’s Righting History initiative – an anti-colonial educational platform which strives to share stories of historical events, Peoples and knowledges/ways of being that have been excluded, minoritized and/or misrepresented in mainstream curricula and society. Presently, Righting History’s platform hosts the Active Learning Club (resource collections across a wide range of climate justice topics), digital resources (such as blog posts and a historical timeline), as well as other creative knowledge-sharing efforts such as this book!
To learn more, please visit www.RightingHistory.ca.
Frequently Asked Questions
Currently, the cheapest shipping we can get from Canada Post is using the extra small flat rate shipping box to ship across Canada. Unfortunately, the book is too thick to pass as letter mail, and the parcels are upwards of $20 if shipped based on their weight alone, so that’s why we’re going with flat rate boxes, which we are selling at-cost to you as our $19 shipping option. We can fit up to five (5) books in one extra small box, or ten (10) in a small box (which we can accommodate on us, as it’s only $3 more expensive) so we recommend you coordinate placing orders with friends, family, and colleagues (up to 10 people) to minimize & split shipping costs.
For bulk orders over fifteen (15), we also offer discounted prices of $35/book (original price is $45/book) with the option to do free ground shipping, pending order confirmation from our team.
IMPORTANTLY, for orders above ten (10) copies, as well as for all international delivery orders, you need to submit the order form at the bottom of the page on shakeuptheestab.org/journal and someone from our team will respond within 1-2 days to confirm your order and coordinate your shipment.