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Building Community Climate Resilience

By Laura Braden Quigley, CTIPP's Director of Communications and Outreach

From anxiety and property destruction to resource scarcity and mass migration, the world’s climate-ecosystem-biodiversity crisis presents complex challenges for individuals, families, communities, and societal systems.

Left unaddressed, the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) believes this global emergency will also create and compound prolonged stress and trauma, which will exacerbate many of America’s most pressing challenges.

Thousands of organizations are working on prevention, mitigation, adaptation, and policy solutions to stem the tide, and we are proud to join this global effort by building community resilience initiatives to prevent and heal trauma related to climate change.

We recognize our efforts alone are insufficient to solve the climate crisis, and we realize that the onus of the problem must not be placed on individuals and communities without acknowledging and working toward systemic change that creates avenues toward sustainability.

And yet, we must also help build the necessary capacity to withstand the global impacts of climate change.

To that end, CTIPP has partnered with the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC) and other organizations to launch a Climate Community of Practice (Climate CoP).

The Climate CoP will educate, connect, and empower participants to organize and operate community-based and culturally accountable initiatives that use a public health approach to build population-level capacity for mental wellness and transformational resilience proactively.

We will start meeting on Tuesday, October 18, and meet weekly on Tuesdays for 90 minutes for eight weeks (except Thanksgiving week). Meeting days and frequency in 2023 will be determined by participants.

CTIPP is also supporting other CoPs to organize trauma-informed work in other sectors to address more global challenges.

CTIPP’s support of CoPs falls within our work in the PressOn initiative, which is building an infrastructure of cross-sector and trauma-informed coalitions at the local, state, and national levels to share resources and maximize impact.

While more narrow in focus than PressOn, we will leverage the insights and education from the Climate CoP to apply, share, and replicate those learnings across other communities we work with.

If you coordinate a local, regional, state, or national trauma-informed cross-sector coalition, join PressOn today!


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