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Climate and Sustainability Professionals Urged to Attend 1st International Conference on Building Personal and Psychological Resilience for Climate Change

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Climate and Sustainability Professionals Urged to Attend 1st 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
Home of the American Psychological Association
Website: http://www.theresourceinnovationgroup.org/intl-tr-coalition/

This conference will help climate, sustainability, environmental professionals, and community leaders understand and prepare for rising mental health as well as psychological maladies generation by climate change. 

The more frequent and extreme weather events and toxic stresses produced by rising global temperatures are generating increasing physical damage as well as economic and psychological impacts on neighborhoods and communities. Rising temperatures are also producing a boatload of psychosocial maladies including interpersonal aggression, crime, and violence. These harmful reactions are creating a growing sense of helplessness and hopelessness. Because traumatized and severely stressed people exist in a self-protective survival mode, these harmful reactions also threaten to block efforts to cut carbon emissions, adapt to climate change, and reduce the climate crisis to manageable levels.

Few organizations working on climate solutions– and few mental health, public health, disaster response, education, or faith organizations–as yet address these risks. Preventative initiatives are urgently needed at the national, state, and local levels that help individuals and groups learn how to constructively cope with the traumas and toxic stresses associated with climate change and use them as catalysts to learn, grow, thrive–while implementing solutions to the climate crisis.

This conference will help leaders from oorganizations working on climate solutions, community development, mental and physical health and others understand these risks. It will also help them learn how to launch human resilience-building initiatives that help people learn skills and apply policies that help ensure the success of climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives.

For more information and to register or go to:  http://www.theresourceinnovationgroup.org/building-human-resilience/

Download a PDF flier about the ITRC here.

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