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Climate CoP 2024 Session 4 (Build Social Connections Across Boundaries in the Community)

SESSION 4: The First Foundational Focus of Building Population Mental Wellness and Resilience for the Climate Emergency: Build Social Connections Across Cultural, Racial, Economic, Geographic, and Organizational Boundaries in the Community

PRESENTERS: Bob Doppelt, ITRC Coordinator and Robin Saenger, Founding Director, Peace4Tarpon


  • The importance of “strong and weak” social connections to overcome toxic social isolation and loneliness, build neighborhood connections that can assist during the first 3-5 days of disasters and beyond, and provide the ongoing emotional support and practical assistance needed to prevent and heal individual, community, and societal traumas during adversities.

  • Methods for building Bonding, Bridging, and Linking social support networks. The importance of building connections among civic, non-profit, private, and public sector organizations in communities to build population mental wellness and resilience.

  • Establishing neighborhood “Resilience Hubs” as one possible way to enhance social capital within typically marginalized community members.

  • The importance of promoting pro-social social narratives and stories to build social capital.

  • Engaging disenfranchised and marginalized people in building social connections.


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