The Resilient People + Climate Change Conference starts tomorrow in Vancouver and promises to be an extraordinary event.
Put together by WC ally Sanjay Khanna and held in conjunction with the Gaining Ground Resilient Cities event, the conference will explore a new frontier in climate change action: getting people mentally ready for the challenges to come.
A roster of interesting speakers will address topics ranging from psychosocial first aid training for dealing with climate and disaster trauma to crafting new narratives that help us see our roles in these difficult times in new, healthier, more personally resilient ways. And, knowing Sanjay, there will be some pretty great opportunities for conversation and exploration.
It is very easy to get overwhelmed when confronting problems as vast as the ones we face today. Even if we don't encounter emotional losses or face personal tragedies ourselves, almost all of us will find our lives touched in some way by those who have. Being ready to offer psychological, social and policy support for those whose mental resources are strained by events will be critical. Even more important will be building up our own resources, so we can work in healthy ways and offer support for others. This conference is a first step in building a tool kit for doing both.
If you're in the Vancouver area and even somewhat interested in these topics, I'd highly recommend attending this.
Day one of the conference has brought forward a wide range of voices and experiences.
Check out some blog posts on conference sessions at www.planningpool.com/
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