Empathy to Action

Empathy to Action

New episode premiering at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

As the climate crises deepens, communities desperately need better tools to overcome divisiveness, apathy and other forces that frequently inhibit solutions. It is especially critical for all of us to understand and act on behalf of communities suffering disproportionate impacts of climate change that are least able to respond. This series of three virtual forums by Chautauqua Institution will explore how empathy-based tools like storytelling can help unite people across difference and inspire action. It builds on Chautauqua’s 2021 weeklong exploration on Building a Culture of Empathy.

Each of the three forums will bring together an expert studying empathy-based approaches to climate communication with an individual using storytelling in their community to advance toward climate justice. Half of each hour-long forum will be devoted to presentations by the two speakers and half devoted to dialog among the speakers and with Chautauqua’s directors for climate and literary arts.

During online broadcast of the forums, Chautauqua will solicit audience members to record and submit their own brief climate empathy story. A selection of those will be presented in a follow-on video.

About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.

Empathy to Action
  • Climate Stories: From Empathy to Action — Ep. 01

    Originally broadcast at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

    As the climate crisis deepens, communities desperately need better tools to overcome divisiveness, apathy and other forces that frequently inhibit solutions. It is especially critical for all of us to understand and act on behalf of commun...

  • Climate Stories: From Empathy to Action — Ep. 02

    Originally broadcast at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

    As the climate crises deepens, communities desperately need better tools to overcome divisiveness, apathy and other forces that frequently inhibit solutions. It is especially critical for all of us to understand and act on behalf of commu...

  • Climate Stories: From Empathy to Action — Ep. 03

    Originally broadcast at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

    As the climate crises deepens, communities desperately need better tools to overcome divisiveness, apathy and other forces that frequently inhibit solutions. It is especially critical for all of us to understand and act on behalf of commu...