Resilience in the Face of Climate Change
Youth Climate Action Day, October 23, 2022, is a world-wide call for environmental activism to protect the planet we love and depend on for our very existence.
In my NeuroDharma group, I recently had the privilege of meeting with Bob Doppelt, Buddhist practitioner and trauma-informed sustainability expert, learning of his Transformational Resilience trainings to help people show up for climate change and organize in their neighborhoods and communities to reduce the psychological trauma we are already experience from climate change. (My group meeting by Zoom on the edge of the wildfire catastrophes in northern California, all ears about how to move from heavy to hopeful hearts.)
“Presencing and Purposing” is one of Bob’s five essentials of this resilience in the face of climate change, all grounded in the inter-connectedness of all of life. Presence – to see the system(s) we are a part of. Purposing: shifting the focus of our attention and effort from “me” to “we.”
Bob did address the sense of doom and dismay that can so often accompany our growing awareness of the catastrophes inherent in climate change. (The southern California oil spill happened the morning of our meeting.)
And clearly the hope is in moving from me to we, working with people in our own neighborhoods and communities, supporting other communities around the world.
Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself.
– Thomas Merton
One more plug for the film The New Environmentalists, a series of short documentaries from the Mill Valley Film Festival highlighting the courageous perseverance of local activists organizing to protect their natural resources and indigenous cultures in Myanmar, Ghana, Mexico, Ecuador and the Bahamas.
And a new plug to a 6 weeks online training in Transforming Climate Trauma: Building Wise and Resilient Responses to the Climate Crisis with Bob Doppelt and Buddhist teachers through Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Tuesdays, November 9-December 14, 2021.
May you find your way to courageous action and resilient perseverance to meet the acceleration of our climate disasters.
The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.
– Albert Einstein