Understanding Climate Grief: Recognition and Building Resilience
As we continue to face challenges related to climate change, it is important to address how we can cope with the mental toll they can bring. The goal of this session is to introduce farmers to the notion of climate grief and eco distress. Participants will learn how it is different from other forms of grief and discuss theories about the grief process. After establishing a safe and supportive group dynamic, participants can discuss what they have lost to climate change with their peers, then identify and share coping mechanisms they employ.
About the Speakers
Addie CandibAmerican Farmland Trust
Currently the Pacific Northwest Regional Director for American Farmland Trust, Addie has worked at the intersection of agriculture and the nonprofit sector since 2010. In addition to having direct experience working on diversified farms, Addie has served on numerous agricultural advisory committees and nonprofit boards. Addie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College and a Master of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. She is a certified mediator and an experienced facilitator with broad experience applying those skills across intersectional topics. Most recently, she completed the Good Grief Network’s FLOW Facilitation Training.
Maud PowellOregon State University Extension
Maud is a member of the Small Farms faculty at Oregon State University Extension. Maud has an MA from Antioch University, Seattle, in Environment and Community Studies, and received her BA from Swarthmore College in Comparative Religion. She and her husband own and operate Wolf Gulch Farm, a small diversified vegetable and seed farm, in the Little Applegate Valley. Maud has worked as the Project Manager for the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative and currently coordinates their Community Supported Agriculture Program. Maud recently completed a facilitator training certificate in climate change-related grief and anxiety through the Work that Reconnects and subsequently co-facilitated an eight-week support group through La Clinica Health in Medford, Oregon. She is also working with a team at OSU to develop a training module for producers on identifying and managing climate change related stress.