Climate disruption is the greatest challenge to the psychological, emotional, spiritual, and social health and welfare of humanity today.

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Even with aggressive cuts in greenhouse gas emissions research indicates that average global temperatures will rise by 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5C) above pre-industrial levels possibly within just 9-10 years. Without a major international effort to dramatically slash emissions, which is nowhere in sight, temperatures and likely to rise by 3.6 degrees F (2C) or higher after that. The result will be increased frequency and intensity of destructive wind and rainstorms, floods, and other extreme weather events, as well as persistent overwhelming stresses caused by drought, sea level rise, ocean acidification, desertification, new illnesses and diseases, water and food shortages, job losses, forced migtation, and more.

In response, policies and programs to address the climate crisis have focused on reducing carbon emissions and adapting external physical infrastructure and ecosystems to warming temperatures. Mental health and public health programs have focused almost exclusively on providing short term assistance during and after major climate change-enhanced disasters.

Missing from this work is a major focus on preparing people to constructively cope with the rising interlinked psychological and psycho-social-spiritual traumas and toxic stresses generated by climate disruption and use them as transformational catalysts to come together across racial, religious, ethinic, and gender lines to do what is needed to reduce the climate crisis to manageable levels and create tangibly better conditions for everyone. 

As seen in areas of the world, and in the U.S., that are already seriously impacted by climate disruption, and as verified by a growing body of research, without a major primary focus on preventative, the adverse human reactions to climate-enhanced adversity will include a dramatic rise in psychological 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 many 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 psycho-social-spiritual reactions including spousal and child abuse, crime, interpersonal aggression and violence, and extremism.

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Left unchecked, these destructuve human reactions to climate change- enhanced traumas and toxic stresses will diminish the safety, health, and wellbeing of individuals, families, organizations, communities and entire societies across the planet. They also threaten to 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 individual psychological and collective psycho-social-spiritual resilience building initiatives are rapidly launched, climate change-enhanced adversities can become a transformational catalyst for deep-seated learning, growth, and renewed hope that leads to greatly enhanced personal, social, and ecological wellbeing.

TRIG’s Transformational Resilience Program© (TR) directly addresses these risks and opportunities. The TR Program helps youth and adults as well as organizational and community leaders of all types learn neuroscience-based preventative resilience skills that can help them adopt positive and principled behaviors to constructively cope with and use climate-enhanced adversities as catalysts to learn, grow, and enhance personal, collective, and ecological wellbeing. These skills will be needed worldwide for decades or centuries to come until aggressive emission reduction efforts bring global temperatures back down to managable levels.

The Transformational Resilience program uses the Resilient GrowthTM model as its guiding framework.

 

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