Transformational Resilience
How Building Human Resilience to Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing

Paper: 978 1 78353 528 6 / $39.95
Published: March 2016  

Cloth: 978 1 78353 526 2 / $115.00
Published: April 2016  

Publisher: Greenleaf
300 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/5"
This book calls on all climate programs to expand beyond emission reductions and physical adaption, to focus on assisting individuals and groups to learn skills to use the adversities caused by climate change to learn, grow and flourish. It urges mental health, education, and faith leaders to expand beyond post crisis-treatment to emphasize building preventative personal and psychosocial resilience skills. Failure to proactively help people deal constructively with the harmful mental health and psychosocial impacts of climate disruption will seriously impair the safety and health of individuals as well as the security and social wellbeing of organizations, communities and whole societies for generations to come. It will also delay or completely block efforts to reduce the impacts of climate disruption to manageable levels.

Doppelt begins by describing how natural human psychobiological reactions to the traumas and toxic stresses generated by climate disruption damage the psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing of individuals, organizations, communities and whole societies. Using numerous examples, including his own organization's Transformational Resilience program, the author describes methods and skills that may be used to build capacity within all levels of societies to avoid self and socially harmful reactions and use the traumas of climate change as catalysts to find new meaning, direction, and hope in life.

Using the author's extensive experience of advising public, private and non-profit sectors on using behavioral and systems change knowledge and tools, this book applies an important new perspective to the question of how to successfully respond to climate change.

Table of Contents:
Climate disruption can be humanity's greatest teacher

Part I: How Climate Disruption Will Transform Human Relations

Chapter 1: The Psychological Effects of Climate Disruption on Individuals

Chapter 2: The Psycho-Social-Spiritual Impacts of Climate Disruption on Organizations, Communities, and Societies

Chapter 3: The Imperative of Building Widespread Capacity for Transformational Resilience

Part II: Presencing: The First Building Block of Transformational Resilience

Chapter 4: Ground and Center Yourself By Stabilizing Your Nervous System

Chapter 5: RememberYour Personal Strengths, Resources, and Social Support Network

Chapter 6: Observe your reactions to and thoughts about the situation non-judgmentally and with self-compassion

Part III: Purposing: The Second Building Block of Transformational Resilience

Chapter 7: Watch For New Insight and Meaning In Life As A Result Of Climate-Enhanced Hardships

Chapter 8: Tap Into the Core Values You Want To Live By In The Midst Of Adversity

Chapter 9: Harvest Hope for New Possibilities by Making Choices That Increase Personal, Social, and Environmental Wellbeing

Part IV: Building Transformational Resilience in Organizations and Communities

Chapter 10: Building Transformational Resilience in Organizations

Chapter 11: Building Transformational Resilience in Communities

Chapter 12: Building Transformational Resilience Across Different Cultures


Chapter 13: No time to lose in building Transformational Resilience


Reviews & Endorsements:
“My humble suggestion is to read this book and to share it widely. That's just what I'm doing and I'm happy to have my own copy that I can mark up over and over again. It now looks like a tie dye shirt that makes me smile. Transformational Resilience could well be a game changer and a daily dose might be a most effective way to counter all the ‘negative stuff’ that's happening and to make sure that the future remains bright for our magnificent planet and its awesome array of beings.“
- Marc Bekoff in Psychology Today
"Doppelt is right. Young people have been dealt a bad hand, but there is no merit in hand-wringing or blaming others. We still reside on the planet of most remarkable life and beauty. We must use the challenge of preserving this for future generations to overcome any feelings of regret or despair."
- Dr. James Hansen, Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Columbia University, Former Head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies