Deep Adaptation to Climate Change

This Workshop has been postponed. Contact or call 5472 4842 to register interest.

In this workshop participants will discuss and begin to work out what “Deep Adaptation” could mean (and what it doesn’t).

Deep Adaptation refers to the personal and collective changes that might help us to prepare for – and live with – a climate-induced collapse of our societies. People working on deep adaptation consider the risk of collapse to be inevitable, because of their view that humanity will not be able to respond globally fast enough to protect our food supplies from chaotic weather. People who consider that societal collapse or breakdown is either possible, likely or already unfolding, also are interested in deep adaptation.

Four questions guide the work on Deep Adaptation:

  • Resilience: what do we most value that we want to keep and how?
  • Relinquishment: what do we need to let go of so as not to make matters worse?
  • Restoration: what could we bring back to help us with these difficult times?
  • Reconciliation: with what and whom shall we make peace as we awaken to our mutual mortality?

These questions help people to explore the idea of deep adaptation to our climate predicament in order to develop readiness for what is to come, and build our capacity to be able to transcend what might collapse in the climate emergency.

Tutor: Dr Susie Burke PhD FAPS

Dr Susie Burke is an environmental psychologist, therapist, climate change campaigner and parent, currently working in private practice in Castlemaine.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, and author of the Climate Change Empowerment Handbook and other articles and resources on the psychology of climate change.  She consults, and runs workshops and individual sessions to help people cope with and come to terms with climate change, with a particular interest in how to raise children in and for a climate altered world.