ITRC Says Global Warming is a Mental Health and Psycho-Social-Spiritual Emergency 

Issues Call to Action for all mental health, public health, education, social justice, climate, faith and other leaders to rapidly build psychological and psycho-social-spiritual--                          or transformational--resilience.

To read the 1 page summary of the Call to Action click here 

To read and endorse the complete Call to Action click here

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In response to the personal and collective traumas caused by Hurricane Dorian, and as a follow up to the U.S. Call to Action in Climate, Health, and Equity priority 9 to build resilient communities, the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC)* today called on mental health, public health, ACEs, education, social justice, climate, emergency response, faith and other leaders to rapidly build psychological and psycho-social-spiritual--or Transformational Resilience--to prevent climate traumas. 

 The ITRC said that swiftly slashing greenhouse gas emissions, transitioning to a clean renewable energy economy, protecting and restoring forests and other ecosystems that sequester carbon, adapting physical infrastructure, and strengthening disaster mental health programs must be top priorities.

With the disasters and toxic stresses generating by the climate crisis accelerating, however, it is equally important and urgent now to help all individuals, groups, and communities learn Transformational Resilience information and skills to build their capacity to constructively cope with climate adversities and use them as powerful catalysts to increase personal, social, and ecological wellbeing.

"The horrific destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian is yet another example of how climate disasters are producing widespread childhood, adult, cultural, and intergenerational traumas," said Bob Doppelt, ITRC Coordinator. "Even if emissions are rapidly reduced, the number of individuals and groups traumatized by climate disasters and toxic stresses will accelerate for decades to come.

"Prevention is the only viable solution given the scope and intensity of the mental health and psycho-social-spiritual impacts that lie ahead. We must quickly make preventative Transformational Resilience education and skills-training available to all adults and youth.

"We ask individuals and organizations to endorse our Call to Action, get informed, and become involved in building universal capacity for Transformational Resilience," concluded Doppelt.

 

ITRC Announces Fall 2019 Free 1-Hour Webinars on Transformational Resilience 

  • Introduction to Transformational Resilience for Climate Change Traumas and Toxic Stresses 

          When: Thursday, October 31 from 12 noon--1 pm Pacific Time  (3-4 pm Eastern Time)

  • The Resilient Growth ModelTM for Building Transformational Resilience for Climate Traumas and Toxic Stresses 

        When: Thursday. November 7 from 12 noon--1 pm Pacific Time  (3-4 pm Eastern Time)

  • Building a Culture of Transformational Resilience Within Groups and Communities for Climate Traumas and Toxic Stresses  

          When Thursday, November 14 from 12 noon--1 pm Pacific Time  (3-4 pm Eastern Time)

 Click here to see the complete description of the webinars and to register. 

 

ITRC Releases Major Report Calling for Transformational Resilience Education & Skills Training to Become Universal by 2025  

Coalition Report Says People on the West Coast Must Be Prepared for the Rising Psychological and Psycho-Social-Spiritual Impacts of Climate Change

 Click here to see the January 8, 2019 media release for the report with quotes from ITRC members

Click here to see the Executive Summary and full report

Click here to see examples of human resilience building programs underway on the west coast


New Article About Transformational Resilience

Using the Climate Crisis as a Catalyst to Increase Wellbeing

ITRC Completes Inventory of Human Resilience Programs in California and the Pacific Northwest

During the summer of 2018 the ITRC inventoried human resilience building initiates underway throughout the west coast. The goal was to identify the goals of the programs, their locations, populations they serve, resilience information and skills they focused on, and other information. Click here to see a sample of the survey.

The ITRC will release a major report in January 2019 summarizing the findings and offering recommendations for ensuring that by 2025 every adult and child residing on the west coast has the opportunity to learn Transformational Resilience information and skills for climate change enhanced traumas and toxic stresses--and many other adversities people experience. 

 

ITRC Coordinator Bob Doppelt Interviewed by Awakening Joy Founder James Baraz

James Baraz has taught mindfulness meditation since 1978 and is co-founder of the world-reknowned Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. He is co-author of two books Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness and Awakening Joy for Kids. James has taught the Awakening Joy course to over 15,000 people. James and Bob Doppelt have known each other for over 30 years and lead retreats together at Spirit Rock. James Interviewed Bob as part of his "Conversations with the Wise" series. The interview can be found here: https://awakeningjoy.info/conversationsDoppelt.php

 

Slides Available from ITRC January 24-25 2018 Conference on Preparing People for Climate Change in California.

The slides used by speakers and panelists at the ITRC January 24-25 conference in Oakland are now available at: http://www.theresourceinnovationgroup.org/california-2018-conference/

Slides Available from ITRC November 15-16, 2017 Conference on Preparing People for Climate Change in the PNW.

The slides used by speakers and panelists at the November 15-16, 2017 ITRC conference on Preparing People for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest are now available at: http://www.theresourceinnovationgroup.org/pnw-2017-conference/

Slides Available from ITRC Nov 3-4 2016 International Conference on Building Human Resilience for Climate Change

Transformational Resilience Book Available

Bob Doppelt's book, Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience to Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing is available from many booksellers. The book has received praise from dozens of climate, mental health, spiritual and other leaders.

Read the accolades just 2 weeks after its release!

The book describes the adverse personal mental health and psychosocial impacts of climate disruption. It clarifies that unless major preventative efforts are quickly launched in the U.S. and globally, the negative human impacts will undermine the safety, health, and wellbeing of individuals, families, organizations, communities, and entire societies. It also outlines how individuals and groups of all types can use the Resilient GrowthTM model to avoid or minimize maladaptive responses and use climate adversities as catalysts to learn, grow, and thrive.

 

 

 

CRS World Congress Honors TRIG Director Bob Doppelt as one of the World's "50 Most Talented Social Innovators"

Dr. Limaye accepted the award for BobTRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt was honored by the World CSR Congress as one of the “50 Most Talented Social Innovators” at World CSR Day in February 2015 in Mumbia, India.  Bob’s acceptance speech included, “For over thirty years I have been working to promote economic, social, and environmental equity and sustainability. For the past 10 years I have devoted much of my time to climate change.  This is the greatest threat to the health and wellbeing of humanity today.  Individuals, families, and organizations of all types need resilience building tools and skills to help them cope with the adversities created by climate change in ways that actually increase their wellbeing.” 

Participants Say: Transformational Resilience Workshops Provide Valuable Skills

Surveys given to participants in five Transformational Resilience (TR) Program workshops in 2014 show an extremely positive response from participants especially in terms of how much they learned and the usefulness of this information from the workshop. TRIG’s Research Director, Dr. Jean Stockard, analyzed surveys taken by attendees at the beginning and end of the five TR Leaders Self-Care Workshops (now called Building Your Personal ResilienceTM); note that a total of 108 people filled out the pre-workshop survey and 87 the post-workshop survey with 80 completing both.  

American Psychological Association & ACEs Too High Cover ITRC

TRIG was instrumental in launching the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC) in early 2014 and currently coordinates the Coalition including more than 160 mental health, mindfulness and resilience building professionals. ITRC Coordinator and TRIG Executive Director, Bob Doppelt are the focus of a January 2015 article in the American Psychological Association's Monitor on Psychology entitled: "Adapting to a warmer world: Psychologists can help people and communities prepare for the psychosocial effects of climate change."  In July 2014, ACEs Too High News published "What's missing in climate change discussion? The certainty of trauma...and building resilience." ACEs Too High is a news site reporting on research about ACEs, or adverse childhood experiences, and sees the work of the ITRC in raising broader awareness about the mental health effects of global warming and building resilience as having potential to reduce ACEs.

TRIG E.D. Bob Doppelt Awarded Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship

In 2014 Executive Director Bob Doppelt was awarded a prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residential Fellowship. The Fellowship provide time for Bob to complete his new book Transformational Resilience. We thank The Rockefeller Foundation for this unique opportunity.

 

 

 

 

Can Buddhists Come Together on Climate Change?

In the Summer 2014 edition of Buddhadharma magazine, TRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt discusses the involvement of the Buddhist community in the issue of climate change.

 Climate change, however, is unquestionably a dharma issue. The roots of the problem are ignorance and delusion: ignorance about how it is that life exists on our planet, and the delusion that we can continue unbridled fossil fuel and material consumption without grave consequences. Since we strive as Buddhists to cut through ignorance and follow a path that can relieve suffering, the path by which climate change can be skillfully confronted is, by definition, an expression of dharma practice. Read the full article

 

TRIG Takes New Direction

After a year of planning, in December of 2013 the TRIG Board of Directors decided to refocus TRIG’s work on two core areas: 1) Proactively building the capacity of individuals and groups to cope with and use climate change-related adversities as catalysis for growth and renewal; and 2) Promoting unified climate solutions. Find out more.

 

 

 

 

Thinking as if Climate Matters

 

TRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt talks about the shift From Me to We in Organic Gardening Magazine. Read the article.

 

 

Buddhists Respond to Climate Change

TRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt is working with Buddhist dharma teachers on climate change. The Oct 2, 2013 article in the Huffington Post "Green" section  describes how the teachers have responded by engaging in Earth Care Week.