Registration Open For Ist International Conference on Building Personal and Psychological Resilience for Climate Change
When: Thursday-Friday, November 3-4, 2016
Where: The Capital View Conference Center, Washington DC
The many acute traumas and chronic toxic stresses generated by climate change are generating rising levels of severe anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health problems around the world. They are also producing a boatload of psychosocial maladies including interpersonal aggression, crime, violence, and more. These harmful reactions undermine the health, safety, and security of individuals, families, organizations, communities, and entire societies. They also threaten to delay or block efforts to cut carbon emissions and reduce the climate crisis. The problems will worsen as global temperatures rise.
Yet, most climate programs fail to grasp or address these risks and remain focused on emission reductions and adapting infrastructure and natural resources to warmer temperatures. Most mental health, emergency response, and related programs concentrate on treating people during and after discrete disasters and neglect the increasing number of long-term climate change-enhanced physical, economic, social, and spiritual toxic stresses affecting people.
Missing from the global response to climate change is an urgent need to launch preventative personal and psychosocial resilience-building initiatives. These initiatives must share knowledge, teach skills, and implement tools to help individuals and groups learn how to constructively cope with climate change-enhanced adversity. This is the focus of this conference, which is the first to address these critical issues