Resources For Climate Justice & Climate Disruption Trauma–Preparation & Recovery

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Kathy canned applesauce yesterday and tomatoes the day before.  She is learning to set  aside for the winter a life-sustaining resource of good food.   She was both tired and uplifted when she finished.  Making stuff by hand does that to both of us.  I made six cutting boards this week that featured a precious resource, my last pieces of the rare and gorgeous wood, myrtle, that grows only on the coast of Oregon and the hills of the Holy Land.  I purchased those boards in Oregon about five years ago and shipped the home.

Precious resources surround us, and get cast aside as garbage.  Take our household food scraps and the horse manure from the barn just down the road.  They make rich compost and then topsoil and then they make the flowers grow.  We literally, with the help of millions of little bugs, turn excrement into food.  What an uplift that gives us!

Building justice, including climate justice, and lifting folks out of trauma, like the trauma children are experiencing from climate disruption, uplifts them and their care-givers, even if it is often an exhausting and difficult work.  But everyone involved in this work needs resources.  So, I am going to share just a few of the ones I encountered and utilized this past week.

Baptist Creation Care Initative, BCCI, (https://www.baptistcci.org): 

Led by my friend, Katherine (Contact her at: kasmith@baptistcci.org) , the BCCI recently established a resource library for everyone pursuing climate justice.  They were assisted by the American Baptist Climate Justice Network (https://www.abc-usa.org/creation-justice/) led by our mutual friend, Tom Carr.  (All of us helped to create the Baptist Resilience & Adaptation Community, BRAC, to provide a support group for Baptist climate justice leaders, nationally and globally.)

The mission of BCCI is to offer a distinctly Baptist voice of faith, enriched by science and action, and empowered by biblical insight and a love of creation. They strive to be a venue where Baptists of many different traditions can discuss the place of both the Bible and science in our shared understanding of God’s wonderful creation. Although talking and reading are important, they also hope to be a community where the members can incite one another to take actions, both great and small.

Besides accessing the resource library at baptistcci.org, you can sign up for their newsletter and learn about upcoming events.

Climate Psychology Alliance, United Kingdom:  (https://www.climatepsychologyalliance.org/about/who-we-are)

During the past week, in preparation for a zoom gathering last Saturday (view this gathering here:(https://youtu.be/ewH5EAknFhI), I explored a variety of resources for professionals, and everyone concerned for the emotional and spiritual health of children and youth.  Some of the best are found at the Climate Psychology Alliance.  Climate disruption is raising the stress level for everyone in the world, whether they are aware or not.  Traumatic events are happening closer and closer together, leaving little time for recovery before the next trauma occurs.  Helping people grow their spiritual, emotional and social resilience—ahead of the need–is the only good path forward.

I also recommend that professionals, including spiritual directors, and everyone who cares for children, begin getting to know the works of Elaine Miller-Karas (You Tube, Overview of the Community Resilience Model),  Dean Walker (www.LivingResilience.net), Susan Abadian (You Tube, Does Collective Trauma Create Destructive Leaders?) and Bob Doppelt (You Tube, Sustainability and Resilience Require a Shift From Me to We.)

Once again, I repeat my own trilogy of steps forward, in order of their importance to me:

  • Spiritual Resilience—grow on your path towards Just Love
  • Community (social) Resilience—become the best neighbor you can be
  • Resilience Skills—Prepare yourself by learning new skills and growing in confidence that you can adapt to changing circumstances

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