Applying New Insights to Climate Solutions

The Garrison Institute’s Climate, Mind and Behavior (CMB) signature program explores the human dimensions of climate change with the intention of developing and enhancing activities that reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions while promoting individual and community resilience.

CMB seeks to develop human resilience to the negative impacts of climate change, especially for those living in the most climate vulnerable communities. These communities often have the least resources to prepare for, manage, or recover from a climate crisis.

“I think one of the most interesting take-aways for me from the symposium was the reflection on the overall state of the environment movement in our moment in history and having the opportunity to discuss it within a broader perspective.”

At the heart of the program’s design is the understanding that contemplative wisdom and practices have a powerful positive impact on environmental thinking and behavior. Contemplative practices also build personal resilience in the face of climate crises.

The Climate, Mind, and Behavior symposia convene leading practitioners and researchers in fields related to climate change, resilience, environmental justice, community development, behavioral economics, psychology, sociology, policy-making, and social media to work together on ways to shift behavior to help solve the climate crisis while enhancing wellbeing.

As part of our Climate, Mind and Behavior signature program, the Garrison Institute also holds symposia on “Climate, Cities and Behavior” and “Climate, Buildings and Behavior.” The CMB Program also partners with the Contemplative Based Resilience Program to develop programs designed to build greater resilience in low-income communities.

CMB sends out a monthly newsletter highlighting current research and programs from around the country that promote resilience in a changing climate. To receive this newsletter, please click here.

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