Building Emotional Resilience Amid Climate Chaos: Staying Sane in Destabilizing Times

April 27, 2022 | 12:00am - 12:00am

As we face the physical realities of climate breakdown, the need for tending to our “internal ecosystems”—thoughts, feelings, and accompanying physiological responses—has emerged. In tandem with climate change acceleration, our emotional distress rises. It becomes clear that our internal landscapes can no longer be severed from those that surround us. Due to this lack of nuanced self-care, “eco-anxiety” arises. By learning new, neuroscience-informed methods to navigate challenging experiences, we can reactivate dormant capacities that have been undervalued. There are tremendous gains in leveraging more of our humanity when addressing the deep challenges of our times. Join Leslie Davenport as we explore perspectives and solutions for facing climate change with emotional resilience and social awareness.

About the speaker: Leslie Davenport works as a climate psychology educator, consultant, and therapist. She integrates social science insights into relevant resources for organizations, often exploring the intersectionality of climate, economics, education, policy, and social justice. Leslie helped shape the document: “Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance” and is the author of four books including Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change and All the Feelings Under the Sun written for youth through the American Psychological Association children’s book division. She is also an advisor to the non-profits Post Carbon Institute, Climate Mental Health Network, Integrative Healers Action Network, One Resilient Earth, and co-lead of the Climate Psychology Certification at the California Institute of Integral Studies where she is a faculty member in the School of Professional Psychology and Health.

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Free and open to all faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and retirees of Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children’s Health. Eligible dependents may also attend.