Pala, CA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians and the Pala Environmental Department announces that the PED was featured in the article COPING WITH CRISIS: BUILDING PSYCHOSOCIAL RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE on the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center website.
What comes to people’s minds when you talk to them about climate change? Chances are, they think about melting ice and sea-level rise, extreme weather, wildfire, plant and animal extinctions, and other environmental effects. But how often do people consider the effects of climate change on human physical and mental health? What about social and cultural health? It is not just the environment that the climate is changing; it is also our well-being and the well-being of our communities.
How do people cope when faced with a crisis? Climate change is more than a crisis; it is an existential threat to our very existence, and it can feel overwhelming. If you work on the front lines of climate change adaptation, then you know better than most what it feels like to be faced with crisis every day. That is why it is so important to include psychosocial resilience strategies in our approaches to climate change adaptation. There are steps we can take to help support and strengthen mental, social, and cultural health in our communities. FULL ARTICLE