Preparing People for Climate Change Conference


January 24, 2018 all-day
California Endowment Conference Center
2000 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612

Mental health, social service, public health, social justice, climate, faith, disaster response, and other leaders are invited to attend this two day “conference to launch a movement to make California the first trauma-informed, human-resilience-enhancing state in the US for climate trauma and stresses,”

The call to the conference explains, “From high levels of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), to job and financial struggles, racism and other forms of inequity and injustice, traumatic stress is epidemic today. Climate change is aggravating all of these existing adversities, and adding many new ones as well. Yet, California is leading the U.S. in finding innovative new ways to prevent personal, family, and community traumas–and reduce carbon emissions.

“Launching a statewide movement to build individual psychological and collective psycho-social-spiritual Transformational Resilience can not only prevent harmful mental health and psychosocial reactions to climate impacts, it can also help prevent ACEs and many other harmful traumatic experiences, while also advancing social equity and justice and motivating people to reduce carbon emissions.”

Speakers include Rick Hanson,Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley; Joanna Macy,scholar of systems thinking, deep ecology, and Buddhism; Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, cofounders of the Breakthrough Communities Project; Elaine Miller-Karas, Executive Director of The Trauma Resource Institute; Rev. Ken Chambers, pastor at West Side Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland; Caroline Farrell, Executive Director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment: Amee Raval, Policy and Research Associate at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network: Theopia Jackson, Program Chair for Clinical Psychology in the Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University, Oakland; and many more.


Wednesday January 24
8:30 AM – 7 PM
Thursday, January 25
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

More info here


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