A trio of coaches has joined forces to launch a global alliance to support practitioners and the coaching profession to step up in the face of the climate crisis.
Inspired by the Climate Psychology Alliance, Alison Whybrow, Josie McLean and Eve Turner have launched the Climate Coaching Alliance (www.climatecoachingalliance.org) where coaches, coaching psychologists, and coaching supervisors, facilitators and other leadership professionals can share resources, explore practice and hold dialogue.
The aim is “to enable individual practitioners, and the profession of coaching to develop strategies and practices that provide our clients the right space to step into their necessary leadership role in the face of the emergency.”
“We want to be able to look future generations in the eye when they ask, “What did you do when the planet was in crisis and it needed your help?” and say, “We tried to make a difference”. Our profession has a unique position, working with some of the world’s top leaders.
Many in the coaching profession really want to explore wider stakeholders, including the more-than-human world, in their work, but wonder how to do so. Through the Climate Coaching Alliance we want to provide the resources so that coaches have those tools to use as they think appropriate,” said Turner, McLean and Whybrow.
“We need courage to evolve ourselves, strategies and practices to process powerful emotions, holding hope, groundedness and courage, whilst experiencing grief, and at times impotence and despair. We need understanding, knowledge and insight as we partner business and government leaders, and to understand the depth of transformation required to effectively support and challenge in service of future life. And we need a resilient community of practitioners where we can be fully human, open and learn at speed, challenge, speak and feel our truths, and share stories.”
The alliance’s principles include being open to all professional coaching and coaching psychology bodies, offering open access to all signatories, providing materials such as articles and links to websites, and the opportunity to take part in conversations, and enabling global reach including to those in communities already more impacted by the ecological and climate emergency.
In December, a number of high-profile practitioners and thought leaders from across the globe took part in two virtual conversations to explore interest, raise questions and explore and next steps.