By now I am sure you are all well aware of the extreme, heartbreaking devastation following the not just one large earthquake, but multiple large earthquakes, in Nepal. We tend to think of earthquakes as something that ‘just happen’ and are utterly out of our control, but maybe not always. Many have pointed to ‘fracking’ as a contributor in some areas in the U.S. – and — what about climate change?
“Climate change may play a critical role in triggering certain faults in certain places where they could kill a hell of a lot of people,” says Professor McGuire. Some of his colleagues suspect the process may already have started.
(More Fatal Earthquakes to Come, Geologists Warn – Newsweek)
Meanwhile, locally, Fire Officials Say San Diego Should Brace For ‘Unprecedented’ Fire Season.
Climate change > drought > fire > trauma > increased risk of domestic violence, trouble learning, substance abuse…
Are we prepared for this?
At this point in our history we can’t afford to be ignorant about climate change and we certainly cannot afford to be ignorant about trauma either. We need to do what can still be done to slow climate change, employ best adaptations to expected changes, and exponentially increase the number of people who are trauma-informed and trauma-trained. This is scary stuff, but often it calms us a bit when we can find our own empowerment – knowing what we can do – and mobilizing to do it.
Craig Preston is the Southern California Regional Coordinator for Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL). We will have a really important conversation with him on Thursday, May 28 at the upcoming Solutions to Climate Change. RSVPs on the web site would be greatly appreciated.
Regarding Nepal, it is too soon to send in trauma recovery efforts – but not too soon to raise the necessary funds to do it when the time is right, a few months down the road. Please support TRE for All (TFA) in collaboration with TRE-Humanitarian Support Asia (TRE-HSA) in their efforts to launch, TRE Mission: Nepal Post Disaster Trauma Care – donate here.
BTW: We had a great time at the recent TRE Global Certification Module I Training in San Diego.
See photos here.
Thank you for being engaged,
Barbara English, LMFT
Founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings.
::: UPCOMING EVENTS :::
Orange County for Climate Action (OCCA) planning meeting – new members welcome!
Wednesday, May 20, 6:30p – 8p
1151 Dove Street #210, Newport Beach CA 92660
A Conversation With Craig Preston: Solutions To Climate Change – OCCA
Thursday, May 28 7p
TRE for Women in the East African Community
Saturday August 8 10a – noon
Neurogenic Yoga for the Community — more info soon
Saturday August 22 10a – noon
TRE Global Certification Module II
Friday October 9 – Sunday October 11
TRE Global Certification Module I – save the date!
Friday February 5 – Sunday February 7