Climate Coaching Action Day, 2020

Climate Coaching Action Day, 2020

Penguins at Port Lockroy, Goudier Island,, Antarctic. Photo: Stephen Palmer

As part of Coaching at Work’s pledge (see last issue, vol 14, issue 5) to step up our coverage and activity around the climate crisis, we’re declaring 5 March 2020 to be the first annual Climate Coaching Action Day.

Our hope is that each year, on that date, many members of the coaching profession, coach training bodies and professional bodies will mark the day – possibly the week – with climate action related activities. We know many of you feel you want to do something, and this day provides an opportunity to share ideas and resources and to take whatever action you feel is appropriate. Please let us know your ideas! Our current ideas for activities include:

  • Pro-bono coaching and mentoring for individuals such as leaders grappling with their next steps in response to the climate crisis or to help process their emotions
  • Developing and sharing resources to help other coaching or mentoring professionals step more into climate coaching
  • Sharing research to support climate-related coaching
  • Donating to individuals or organisations taking action
  • Offering support to climate activists.

During Climate Strike Week, the Coaching at Work team opted to strike on Friday 27 September. Others, including Coaching at Work editor Liz Hall, took part in a week-long ‘coachathon’ (20 -27 September), organised by Climate Change Coaches, offering pro-bono climate coaching (

Meanwhile, as pledged, Coaching at Work is developing an online climate crisis coaching hub – watch this space!

For more on the subject of the climate crisis, see Neil Scotton’s regular column and Alison Whybrow’s article on regenerative coaching.

Report of the day’s event

The first ever Climate Coaching Action Day on 5 March was a huge success, with participation from coaches globally.

The wide range of initiatives included a 24-hour global conversation about coaching and the climate crisis, organised by the Climate Coaching Alliance (CCA), with hosts from countries including the UK, US, Japan, New Zealand, Iceland, Nicaragua, Ireland, Rwanda, Finland, South Korean, Australia, Spain and Germany.

Liz Hall, editor of Coaching at Work, which launched the initiative as part of its green pledge, which has also seen it shift to digital-only, said: “We were bowled over by the creative and passionate response all over the world to the Climate Coaching Action Day initiative, and hope it becomes an annual event. Although of course, as has been said before, every day should be climate action day!”

In addition to the CCA’s support, the EMCC organised a series of webinars, Climate Change Coaches offered briefings through the day for those coaches taking part in the pro-bono climate Coachathon, and the AoEC organised two webinars and donated to the UK charity, the Woodland Trust.

The CCA’s initiative saw 48 global hosts facilitate a rolling conversation on the topic of coaching and the climate emergency. These included Sally Gillespie, Mary Britton, Vimala Suppiah, Julie Zhang, Mai Khieu, Frances Penafort, Rashmit Shetty, Ram Ramanathan, Ahmed Ageel, Katherine Holt, Katerina Kanelidou, Liz Hall, Constance Vogt, Peter Hawkins, Zoe Cohen, Nigel Cumberland, Lise Lewis, Janet Harvey, Angelos Derlopas, David Drake, Magda Mook, Gretchen Krampf, David Matthew Prior and Sarita Spencer.

The day after the conversation, CCA co-founders Alison Whybrow, Josie McLean and Eve Turner said:

“It was just amazing…we are feeling pretty overwhelmed for all sorts of reasons: the beauty of the facilitation, the wonderful discussions, the hope and gratitude expressed, the humility and generosity shown by participants and hosts, the possibilities, the collaboration, the connection and the power we have harnessed.”

Hall acknowledged that 5 March seems a long time ago, given that the Covid-19 pandemic is now at the forefront of our minds. But we ignore the threat of climate change at our peril, she said. “With its immediate threat, the pandemic has understandably overshadowed the threats that come with climate change. But we shouldn’t take our eyes off the ball, as the climate crisis hasn’t gone away. And there’s so much we can do as coaches to raise awareness, boost resilience, and identify next steps, not only during and in the aftermath of the pandemic, but in relation to climate change.”

The CCA continues to grow and connect coaches globally, with monthly member gatherings to ensure active participation in its evolution. It’s offering free presentations including through InviteChange’s International Coaching Week event (US), Coacharya’s Colloquium in May (India) and APAC in September.

Coaching at Work is fulfilling on its pledge to include more climate change relevant editorial, this issue launching a series from environmental sustainability expert Heather Burns (pages 26-8), while also finalising a climate coaching hub on its website.

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