The summit offers a wide variety of speakers and panelists. Forum readers will be familiar with Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bobbi Patterson, and Fletcher Harper, but there are also many BIPOC speakers bringing new perspectives into the conversation. Keynotes will be delivered by Richard Davidson, founder and chair of the Center for Healthy Minds; Jaqui Patterson, founder and executive director of the Chisholm Legacy Project: A Resource Hub for Black Frontline Climate Justice Leadership; and H.E Mingur Rinpoche, tulku of the Kagu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, and a teacher, spiritual leader, and best selling author. To read more about all of the speakers, go here and you can view the full schedule for the event here.
From the summit announcement:
Announcing RITA: The Loka Initiative is thrilled to announce the Resilience In The Anthropocene Online Summit from August 8-10, 2023! We invite you to join us for a 3-day FREE online gathering that brings together researchers, academics, experts from communities most impacted by environmental devastation and climate change, clinical and counseling psychology practitioners, and contemplative leaders to discuss eco-anxiety and climate distress within a framework of inner, community, and planetary resilience.
Over the three days, we will focus on:
- Dimensions of Emotional Distress: Understanding the psychological and emotional impacts of the environmental and climate crises through an intersectional and justice lens.
- Exploration of Coping Mechanisms: Learning from contemplative practices, clinical and counseling psychology, nature based and Indigenous wisdom traditions to cope and even thrive in uncertain times.
- A Framework of Resilience: Collaboratively designing a new framework of inner, community, and planetary resilience that sustains us all.