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E114 – Kailea Frederick on Reflective Activism, Parenting and Climate Justice // The Quiet Revolutions Inside Our Hearts

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“Deep listening, when done properly is about sensing and hearing what is beneath words or beneath what is being shown. Deep listening employs the whole body, and asks us to be soft enough to hold the meta view that is always made up of multiplicities.” Kailea Frederick


E114 – Kailea Frederick on REFLECTIVE ACTIVISM, PARENTING AND CLIMATE JUSTICE

THE QUIET REVOLUTIONS INSIDE OUR HEARTS


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What kind of world could we believe in and tend to through practices of deep listening?
 
This episode is part of a collaboration with St Ethelburga’s, called Listening to each other : Listening to Earth, which reaches for the place where spiritual ecology and climate justice meet. It explores the integration of spirituality with grounded action through the lives and leadership of people of colour.

“Deep listening, when done properly is about sensing and hearing what is beneath words or beneath what is being shown. Deep listening employs the whole body, and asks us to be soft enough to hold the meta view that is always made up of multiplicities.” Kailea Frederick

In this episode Amisha speaks with Kailea Frederick, a mother of Tahltan, Kaska and Black American ancestry. Her work sits at the intersection of climate justice, spiritual ecology and resilience thinking. Kailea is the Editor for Loam, a Climate Commissioner for the city of Petaluma, and a facilitator through her own project ‘Earth Is `Ohana’. She co-authored ‘Compassion In Crisis: Learning To Live in an Age of Disaster’.

Amisha and Kailea talk about the practice of deep listening as way of being in dialogue with Honua, the trees, the rocks, the elements, ourselves and each other; a vital tool for navigating our complex lives whilst experiencing the discomforts, unpredictability and imbalances of climate change.

Kailea shares practical ways of listening to Earth as a climate commissioner working on climate emergency frameworks translating data and charts, observations and climate transitions into guiding documents for crisis management during climate emergencies. Together they explore communities creatively coming together to forge ways forward by uplifting voices and narratives that offer new perspectives and grounding us in simple life, hope, resilience and spiritual practice.

Kailea reveals the challenges of being a parent and together they explore the joys and the murkier moments of being a guardian during these times that do not promise safety nor balance, but nonetheless the rewards of personal growth and widening perspectives.

We learn that deep listening is an act and gift of reciprocity that can help us shape spaces of shared values where we may find new formats of balance, common goals and a community moving towards the creations of systemic changes. They encourage us to observe the quiet revolutions inside our hearts so we can become the lightbearers of alternative perspectives that will guide the way.

“Listening is a tool to learn and widen our perspectives.” Kailea Frederick


Kailea Frederick is a mother of Tahltan, Kaska and Black American ancestry. Her work sits at the intersection of climate justice, spiritual ecology and resilience thinking. Growing up off the grid in Maui, Hawai`i forever imprinted in her the importance of reciprocity through indigenous world – view. She feels raised by quiet spaces and intimately tied to Honua, our island earth. Her prayer is that those on the front-lines of climate change and extractive based industry are able to find justice and peace for their communities.

She is a graduate of the International Youth Initiative Program and a Spiritual Ecology and Boards & Commissions Leadership Fellow. She has served twice as a youth delegate to the United Nations Climate Change conferences. Currently, Kailea is the Editor for Loam, a Climate Commissioner for the city of Petaluma, and a facilitator through her own project Earth Is `Ohana. She co-authored ‘Compassion In Crisis: Learning To Live in an Age of Disaster’.

To find out more about Kailea’s work, visit earthisohana.com

To connect or work with Amisha, visit amisha.co.uk

To find out more about St Ethelburga’s, visit stethelburgas.org


Listening To Each Other, Listening to Earth, is a collaboration with St Ethelburgas, and is funded by the Kalliopeia Foundation. For this collaboration — will be hosting 8 podcasts, and some live events. We give deep gratitude to both for making this possible.

Listening to each other : Listening to Earth reaches for the place where spiritual ecology and climate justice meet. It explores the integration of spirituality with grounded action through the lives and leadership of people of colour.

Kalliopeia was founded as an independent foundation to help support people and organisations who are working to bring spiritual values into institutions and systems of everyday life and work. St Ethelburga’s builds community resilience for times of ecological and social emergency. Their work is organised around 4 principles which are:

  • Put values into action
  • Seek opportunity in crisis
  • Build community across differences, and
  • Protect what is sacred

Links from this episode:

Kailea Frederick . Instagram

Loam

Loam . Instagram 

Kailea Frederick & Kate Weiner . book // ‘Compassion In Crisis: Learning To Live in an Age of Disaster’

Aki Hirata Baker . Soulflower Medicine 

Rebecca Solnit

Terry Tempest Williams

Bayo Akomolafe . The Future Is Beautiful // Episode 13

Bayo Akomolafe, Manish Jain and Charles Eisenstein . The Future Is Beautiful // Episode 106

Will Scott . The Future Is Beautiful // Episode 73

Valerie Kaur . Revolutionary Love Project

St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace 

Listening to each other : Listening to Earth 

Kalliopeia Foundation


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