Thanks to all those who registered or attended the “Building a Resilient Community” webinar as part of the November Cool Davis Coalition quarterly meeting. As promised, we are providing the link below to the video of this event along with pdf’s of the presentations and links to other resources mentioned at the event.

Climate action and mitigation activists and experts came away with a new respect for the importance of addressing human psycho-social preparedness, alongside the typical focus of technical and infrastructure approaches to climate adaptation. Public and mental health professionals appreciated a new understanding of climate impacts and their contribution to current and future community trauma. All were encouraged and interested in moving forward on closing gaps and improving programs for psycho-social training and support.

One follow up email elucidates the experience: Brilliant Presentation and Panel on Resilient Communities: I want to thank Cool Davis for organizing this amazing presentation and panel discussion on Building Resilient Communities. What a fantastic presentation by Bob Doppelt on his studies on building Resilient Communities. Having spent my career seeking solutions and actions to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases, I have to admit that I was blown away by the impact this presentation and the following panel discussion had on me. The whole discussion redirected my focus to looking at actions we all can take working together as part of a larger community concerned about Climate Change.

I left the webinar with a feeling of positive and constructive power for addressing climate changes here now and coming in the future. I would call this presentation a “must view” for anyone concerned about Climate Change and personal actions they can take. It should also be a “must view” for those who are less supportive. Thanks so much for organizing this webinar. Have a happy and safe New Year. Looking forward to talking again in December. — Richard Bode

Many thanks to Cool Davis staff for their assistance supporting and planning this event. Thank you to Bob Doppelt for your thought provoking presentation. Thank you to our panelists Don Saylor, Gloria Partida, Tessa Smith, Rachel Hartsough and Melissa Moreno for their insightful perspectives. Thank you to Kerry Daane Loux for your graceful moderation of the panel.

This presentation was hosted by READ-Y, Resilient Embodied Action Davis-Yolo, a Cool Davis working group and part of the Cool Davis Coalition. To be included on the READ-Y email list or other Cool Davis and Coalition email lists, sign up here!

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Wishing you a peaceful and healthy New Year! Stay safe and stay tuned for future meetings in the new year!

Best regards,

Jan Beange and Gail Kennedy, READ-Y