Collectively Processing the Climate Emergency


February 18


06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Event Website

Kellogg-Hubbard Library

135 Main St

Montpelier, VT, United States, 05602

We are in the midst of a complex ecological crisis that provokes a wide range of reactions. Mindy Blank and Jeff Scannell will guide aspects of “Extinction Cafe”—a space dedicated to sharing emotions that arise in the face of the climate emergency and for welcoming the collective grief—as an important way to build support and move forward from a deeper place of connection, acknowledgement, and empowerment. This is a space open to all that may emerge as we process together, whether that’s tears, laughter, numbness, anger, silence, hope, or anything in between.

Continue the conversation on Wednesday, February 19 12-1 pm at a Brown Bag Discussion in the East Montpelier Room of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Mindy Blank is the Executive Director of Community Resilience Organizations (CROs), a nonprofit that helps communities address vulnerabilities and harness their place-based strengths by supporting local resource sovereignty and building social connectivity. She earned a Masters degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, taught at the former Green Mountain College, and worked as an Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris developing processes for governments to systematically decentralize electric grids. Carrying Czech roots and an upbringing on the Mississippi River, Mindy descended for the first time upon Vermont in 2008 and currently resides in Bethel.

Jeff Scannell, Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, specializes in trauma, anxiety, stress, anger, depression, self-judgement, relationships and addictions.

Facing the Climate Crisis series includes five free talks and will be videotaped and posted by

Tuesday, January 14 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Roger Hill
Changing Climate – The Latest and Some Things Unforeseen
Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Sanctuary

Tuesday, February 18 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Mindy Blank and Jeff Scannell
Collectively Processing the Climate Emergency—Engaging Despair and Empowerment
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room

Tuesday, March 31 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Bill McKibben
The Climate Movement, Close to Home and Far Afield—How Can We Get Big Change Fast?
Montpelier High School Auditorium

Tuesday, April 28 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Alan Betts
Climate Crisis: Facing Uncertainties with Vision
North Branch Nature Center

Wednesday, May 13 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Beth Sawin
Systems Ideas and Practices for Tumultuous Times
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room

Thank you to sponsors: Hunger Mountain Co-op, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Montpelier High School, Center for Sustainable Systems and North Branch Nature Center.