Kim Harrison is Woodbrooke’s Project Manager for the Climate Crisis: Spiritual Nurture and Learning Project.
Kim has over 13 years experience of direct action, campaigning, political lobbying and supporting/empowering protesters. In 2010/11 she helped found the grassroots legal support group Green and Black Cross (GBC) and volunteered and worked there for over a decade, whilst also working part time in a variety of other NGO’s, not-for-profits and as a support worker with autistic children.
Her particular focus is building the world we want to see, and increasing local resilience to help us face the consequences of the climate crisis. To this end she has been involved with transition town initiatives, volunteering at local community growing projects and is currently completing a Permaculture Diploma.
Kim has a Masters in Art therapy from Roehampton University, and a BA in Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art, where her undergraduate dissertation explored spirituality in art. Since qualifying as an Art Therapist she spent a year working with refugees and asylum seekers, then began to build her private practice, specialising in nature-based mindfulness and outdoor art therapy for stress, anxiety and burnout, developing specific programmes for people engaged with environmental and social change issues.
In 2019 Kim joined the Resident Warden team at Muswell Hill Quaker meeting in London for one year, before relocating back home to Saddleworth, Greater Manchester during the Coronavirus pandemic. She now attends Central Manchester Meeting and is a member of the Area Meeting Environment group.
Climate anxiety or simply deeply concerned ‘realism’ and the importance of meaningful social connections.
The value of nature connection in our current global landscape
Nature, burnout and activism: How nature can support us as we push for action on the climate emergency.
Written for Greenpeace ‘Lockon’ newsletter for NVDA trained activists, July 2021