Climate disruption is the greatest challenge to the psychological, emotional, spiritual, and social health and welfare of humanity today.
No matter how quickly greenhouse gas emissions are reduced average global temperatures are set to rise close to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2C) above pre-industrial levels in the coming decades, or more. The result will be increased frequency and intensity of destructive fast moving extreme weather events as well as slow building impacts caused by drought, sea level rise, desertification, and more. In response, policies and programs to address the climate crisis have focused on reducing carbon emissions and preparing infrastructure and ecosystems to withstand and adapt to climate impacts. Mental health and public health programs have focused almost exclusively on providing short term assistance during and after major climate change enhanced shocks and disasters.
Missing from this work is a major focus on preparing humans to constructively cope with the personal mental health and psychosocial traumas and rising ongoing toxic stresses generated by climate disruption.
As seen in areas of the world that are already seriously impacted by climate disruption, and as verified by a growing body of research, without significant preventative measures, the human reactions to climate-enhanced adversity will include a dramatic rise in mental disorders such as severe anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, attempted suicides, hopelessness, helplessness, and more. These impacts will, in turn, increase physical health problems such as cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses and diseases. In addition, self-destructive coping behaviors will multiply such as greater alcohol and drug abuse. Even more alarming are the rising maladaptive psychosocial reactions including crime, interpersonal aggression and violence, extremism, and war.
Left unchecked, these harmful human reactions to climate change enhanced trauma and toxic stress will diminish the safety, health, and wellbeing of individuals, families, organizations, communities and entire societies across the planet. They also will stall or completely scuttle efforts to slash emissions, prepare for climate impacts, and reduce climate change to manageable levels.
On the other hand, if comprehensive preventative personal and psychosocial resilience building initiatives are rapidly launched, climate change enhanced adversities can become a catalyst for deep-seated learning and growth that enhances personal, social, and environmental wellbeing.
TRIG’s Transformational Resilience Program© (TR) directly addresses these issues through a partnership of The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG) with Resilience Training International (RTI) and the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI). The TR Program helps youth and adults as well as organizational and community leaders of all types learn neuroscience-based mental health and mindfulness skills to adopt positive and principled behaviors that help them cope with and use climate-enhanced adversities as catalysts to learn, grow, and enhance personal, collective, and environmental wellbeing. These skills will be needed worldwide for decades to come.
The Transformational Resilience program uses the Resilient GrowthTM model as its guiding framework.