When Armageddon is Your Day Job: Coping Strategies

When Armageddon is Your Day Job: Coping Strategies

Organizer: 
Sara S. Moore
Climate Science Alliance-South Coast
Time Slot: 
Wednesday 2:30pm - Concurrent Session 6
Session Type: 
Training
Abstract: 

Climate change has psychological impacts such as anxiety and uncertainty that can be felt directly (e.g., through the experience of extreme weather events or natural disasters), and indirectly (e.g., through in our daily work). Climate change also affects us psychosocially (e.g., through chronic social and community effects) (Doherty & Clayton, 2011). This is particularly important to address in the adaptation field among practitioners, but also in “frontline” communities where livelihoods and natural and cultural resources can be directly affected by natural disasters or degrading/ed environments.

Coping strategies, among other interventions and tools, can help to support the crucial work of professionals, lessening commonly experienced frustration, apathy, and burnout in the work sphere while fortifying innovation and strength for those whose job function includes repeated exposure to uncertainty and negative information related to environmental and community conditions. For community members, these approaches may bolster the much-needed energy and optimism necessary for self-efficacy, engagement, and action related to improving human health and well-being.

This session will bring together scientists, climate adaptation practitioners, and community organizers in order to: (1) summarize and share the state of current research on the topic of psychological and social impacts of global climate change; (2) share personal stories and coping strategies including examples of visual art and storytelling; and (3) assess the potential for initiating a community of practice around this issue.

Co-organizers:

Kristen Goodrich, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve/University of California, Irvine
Amber Pairis, Climate Science Alliance-South Coast