Green Foundation Ireland and Feasta invite you to participate in an afternoon in-person Workshop:
Building Personal, Community and
National Resilience in the Face of
Climate and Biodiversity Breakdown
THURSDAY 18 JANUARY 2024 – 15:00 to 17:00 (Irish time)
(registration starts at 14:45)
The Great Hall, Tailors’ Hall
8 Back Lane, The Liberties, Dublin, D08 X2A3.
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About Our Guest Speaker
Professor JOHN SHARRY
John is a family psychotherapist, adjunct professor at the UCD School of Psychology and author of 25 parenting and mental health books and programmes. He is co-founder of the Parents Plus Charity and an Irish Times Health columnist. John has written widely on the psychological factors that inform our collective response to the climate/biodiversity crisis, as well as steps we can take towards action.
He also is a member of the Feasta environmental charity and co-leader of the ‘Resilience and Well-Being Group’, as well as being interested in regenerative farming and agroforestry, and is a member of the Leitrim Sustainable Farming Group.
ABOUT OUR WORKSHOP
From climate breakdown and biodiversity extinction to resource scarcity and political/economic instability, humanity is facing a series of interrelated and worsening crises. In this Workshop, John Sharry will describe how we can understand and face up to these crises so as to build personal, community and national resilience. The Workshop will be divided into two parts:
Part 1: UNDERSTANDING OUR PREDICAMENT
- “Overshoot” – the cause of crises of climate breakdown, biodiversity extinction and economic instability.
- “Collective Denial and Over-Optimism” – understanding our difficulty in addressing the crises.
Part 2: FACING UP TO REALITY
- Moving towards acceptance and constructive action.
- Managing eco-anxiety and despair through courage, grief and gratitude.
- Building personal, community and national resilience.
- Creating a community of support.
The Workshop will be interactive and supportive, allowing time for discussion and sharing of perspectives and ideas. For more information on the content, please see the discussion paper and the Changing World, Changing Minds series of articles in The Irish Times.