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Climate CoP 2024 Session 1 (Public Health Approach)

SESSION 1: Urgency, Core Principles, and Benefits of Organizing Community-led Initiatives that Use a Public Health Approach to Build Population Mental Wellness and Transformational Resilience for the Climate Emergency


PRESENTER: Bob Doppelt, ITRC Coordinator


PRESENTATION: Session 1 Slides


  • Group introductions via small group breakout rooms.

  • Overview of "climate overshoot" and the resulting individual, community, and societal mental health and psychosocial impacts (or traumas).

  • Using the “social-ecological model to understand, prevent, and heal individual, community, and societal traumas, and how this differs from an individualized clinical approach.

  • Why is it essential to use a public health approach in communities to strengthen mental wellness and transformational resilience for the climate crisis.

  • Key principles and practices of using a public health approach to build mental wellness and transformational resilience in communities for the climate crisis: a) focus on the entire population--all adults, adolescents, and young children--using a combination of “proportionate universalism” and “life-course” approaches; b) prioritize the prevention of mental health and psychosocial problems and embed group and community-minded healing activities within the prevention strategies; c) engage wide and diverse networks of local residents, civic groups, and non-profit, private, and public sector leaders in planning, implementing, and continually improving strategies that enhance existing local protective factors (or assets); and form additional ones, to build everyone’s capacity for mental wellness and transformational resilience, as residents also engage in actions that help reduce the climate crisis to manageable levels.

  • How inequality reduces resilience and how strengthening population mental wellness and transformational resilience builds social connections and, in other ways, reduces inequality.


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