After running successful pilot workshops in Eugene, Oregon and Oakland, California, The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG) is launching a full schedule of fall workshops in Eugene and Portland. Early bird discounts are available for a limited time for Eugene until August 15th and Portland until September 15th. There will be a Leaders Self-Care TR Workshop September 11-12 in Eugene, OR and November 13-14 in Portland, OR; A Community & Organizational Safe Haven Workshop September 19 in Eugene and November 18 in Portland; a Pay-it-Forward Workshop will also be held in Eugene on September 18 for those who have been through the Leaders Self-Care and want to teach the skills to others. Learn more about the workshops here.
ITRC Covered in Article by ACEsTooHigh
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. ACEsTooHigh is a news site reporting on research about ACEs or adverse childhood experiences and sees the work of the ITRC on raising broader awareness about the mental health effects of global warming as having potential to reduce ACEs.
TRIG E.D. Bob Doppelt Awarded Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship
Executive Director Bob Doppelt has been awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residential Fellowship. The Fellowship will provide time for Bob to complete his new book Transformational Resilience: How Climate Change Will Change Human Affairs and How We Can Cope With and Use It As a Catalyst for Positive Growth. We thank The Rockefeller Foundation for this unique opportunity.
TRIG was instrumental in launching the Federal Forest Carbon Coalition (FFCC) and currently coordinates the Coalition. On June 26, 2014, the FFCC released recommendations to the Obama Administration intended to modernize federal forest management to address the climate crisis. The recommendations, Modernizing Federal Forest Management To Mitigate and Prepare For Climate Disruption, emphasize conserving carbon already stored in forests while also increasing carbon sequestration, building resilience to climate change-related disturbances, and generating social, economic, and ecological co-benefits consistent with the other goals. Access the press release, recommendations, and a summary of the recommendations here: http://www.forestcc.org/recs
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
More than 40 people from Eugene and beyond came together for two days of learning about self-care and mindfulness in the context of increasing climate change. The diversity of attendees added to the richness of the workshop with attendees were from a range of social service, health care, government, advocacy, and business organizations. This workshop is the first pilot in a series of workshops as part of the Transformational Resilience program. More on this workshop and upcoming Transformational Resilience Workshops.
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.
TRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt talks about the shift From Me to We in Organic Gardening Magazine. Read the article.
Do You Want to Increase Your Personal Wellbeing While Serving As An Agent of Change At Work Or In Your Community?
Join TRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt for a workshop on Mindfulness in Action: Unlocking the Transformative Power of Awareness, January 17-19 at Esalen in California. For anyone who strives to increase your personal well-being while acting as an agent of change, this workshop provides new insights, tools, and sense of competency through guided meditations, experiential exercises, and discussions. Learn more.
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.
A new report produced for the National Partnership for Climate Solutions says that when, in the name of protecting jobs, members of Congress and other elected officials oppose policies that cut greenhouse gas emissions or fail to directly engage in Americans in emissions reductions, they destroy as many jobs as they save. Download the full report.
The National Climate Ethics Campaign (a project coordinated by TRIG) has released an assessment of the moral movement on climate disruption. The results are based on an analysis of data collected through an online survey of groups motivated by the ethical implications of climate disruption that are making a moral call to action. (Read more)
Jo Rodgers and Ted Purdy had long thought about installing a solar system on their carport roof, but the price just wasn’t right until last year. After a site assessment from a local installer, they were disappointed to learn that even with the recent fall in prices for solar power equipment, their roof catches too much afternoon shade for the installation to make sense. (Read more)
The Resource Innovation Group released, “Willamette Valley Food Systems: Opportunities for Increasing Climate Change Mitigation and Preparedness, Food Security, and Economic Development.” The report examines local food initiatives and policies in ten Willamette Valley counties and identifies major gaps and opportunities for increased collaboration between counties for climate change mitigation and preparation. Download the report. Download the accompanying materials.
We recently expanded and improved upon our innovative Community Solar Tool, which supports communities in planning and implementing community-shared solar projects. Try out the Community Solar Tool here. View a recording of an online training walking through the tool here.
TRIG's new handbook Climate Futures Forums: A Model for Engaging Communities in Building Climate Resilience and Reducing Emissions, guides practitioners through the Climate Futures Forum process to build social resilience and enable communities to prepare for and withstand climate impacts to natural, built, economic, human and cultural systems. Download the handbook.