Staying Strong While Everything Falls Apart: Navigating Grief and Hope About the Environment

Topic: Staying Strong While Everything Falls Apart: Navigating Grief and Hope About the Environment
Date & Time: Tue, September 8 at 6:00PM
Venue: Zoom and/or in-person TBD
Pre-registration: Use this link and we’ll let you know when registration opens

COVID has taught us in a hurry – and brought to widely publicized attention – the importance of self-care and psycho-social resilience during a crisis, even while being physically distant from our support networks. Can we distill those lessons and transfer them to other crisis situations, such as arise from climate change and other environmental crises? Can we break the taboo around the mental health challenges for those of us working to improve and save the environment?

What are some of the chronic stresses and shocks associated with sustainability challenges, such as climate change that demand our attention from a psychological perspective? What emotional experiences and mental health stresses can we expect? Which can we already observe? And to what extent is this growing problem already being recognized and addressed? 

On a spectrum from healthy to pathological, people will need different kinds of support. What might that look like? Can we build up our “adaptive mind”, our capacity for psycho-social resilience even as the work gets harder?

Our Sept 8 BASG will feature Suzanne Moser, a nationally and internationally recognized independent scholar and consultant. Her work with government agencies, non-profits, foundations, and other researchers and consultants focuses on adaptation to climate change, science-policy interactions, effective climate change communication, and psycho-social resilience in the face of the traumatic and transformative challenges before us. She is a prolific writer, an inspiring speaker and has served on scientific advisory boards for Future Earth, the International Science Council, the US National Research Council and has contributed to the IPCC and US national climate assessments.

Suzanne will be joined by additional speakers, to be announced, whose work looks at building personal resilience to grief about the environment in various realms of our life so that we can keep up the good fight!

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Susanne C. Moser is a geographer (Ph.D. 1997, Clark University) who works nationally and internationally as an independent scholar and consultant from a base in western Massachusetts. Her work with government agencies, non-profits, foundations, and other researchers and consultants focuses on adaptation to climate change, science-policy interactions, effective climate change communication, and psycho-social resilience in the face of the traumatic and transformative challenges before us. She is a prolific writer, an inspiring speaker and has served on scientific advisory boards for Future Earth, the International Science Council, the US National Research Council and has contributed to the IPCC and US national climate assessments.

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