We are thrilled to announce that the 7th Extreme Energy Extraction Summit will be held March 10th - 13th at Christian Renewal Center in Dickinson, Texas. The first day of the Summit will be an optional tour of communities impacted by Houston's massive petrochemical and refining complex led by host and long-time E3C participants Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services. We are also very excited to welcome back Adrienne Maree Brown and Ananda Lee Tan as our lead facilitators.
Please fill out the application here by December 30th. We will accept as many applications as possible. But we have limited space and a strong commitment to having the most diverse and representative group of organizers possible, so we cannot guarantee acceptance. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by January 20th. Travel scholarships are available through January 27th, so please look into travel arrangements ASAP and give us an accurate estimate of your needs. Shuttles will be available from Houston area airports. We strive to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation.
Check back here for more details about plans for the 7th Summit as the date gets closer.
Our gatherings are not a traditional conference of disconnected workshops but a complete process. Participants are expected to attend the event at least from Saturday breakfast to Monday lunch. Please let us know in your application if that is not feasible for you.
The heart and soul of Summits are small-group breakouts. At many movement gatherings, the productive conversations happen outside of organized activities. We focus on these crucial discussions, trusting that participants know best what topics are most relevant to their work. We see three kinds of conversations happen—it is critically important to be clear about which kind of discussion you are proposing:
Sharing Skills and Strategies: The diversity of the Summit provides rich opportunities to learn from each other. Breakouts might generate list of lessons learned, and resources for further information. Some examples include: how to stop oil trains, ballot initiatives to ban fracking, & citizen monitoring programs.
Building Shared Language and Analysis: Away from the daily grind, the Summits are a place for big picture conversations about critical issues that face our movement. Breakouts may generate key insights to be shared across the movement. Examples include: identifying false solutions, using a “rights of mother nature” framework, and articulating a critique of capitalism.
Creating Collaborative Projects: Summits are an opportunity to plan for collective action, big and small. Outcomes might look like project proposals or follow-up work to support national and regional initiatives. Examples include: coordinated direct action plans and community-exchange programs.
Start thinking about the conversations you want to have today!
Building Our Collective Voice
Our Summits have also become a place were we have some of the difficult, yet essential, conversations in our movement. We've explored dynamics around race and colonialism, addressed conflict between Big Green organizations and the grassroots, and focused especially on issues of equity and resource distribution. These conversations are always challenging but rewarding, resulting in real learning - and sometimes transformational changes in individual perspective and organizational policy.
Strengthening Our Network
The most important outcomes of our Summits are the relationships formed and strengthened across a diverse cross-section of the movement. These one-on-one connections have been leveraged by participants to resolve organizational conflicts, access resources, and provide tangible support for each other's campaigns. The Summit has plenty of built-in self-structured time for you to connect with the people most relevant to your work. We also take time to play together, knowing that a strong movement is built from more than just smart strategy. Bring your instruments, talents, humor and culture with you to share at our always unforgettable Open Mic.
We hope to see you for another amazing weekend in Texas.
The Extreme Energy Extraction Collaborative has adopted the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.