How Could Mindfulness and Compassion Training Increase Responsiveness and Resilience to the Climate Crisis?

The Mindfulness Initiative has been awarded a grant from the Emergence Foundation to conduct a programme of consultation, research, policy development and resource creation that addresses the potential of mindfulness and compassion training to increase responsiveness and resilience in the face of the climate crisis. The ActivateChange project is being led by Mindfulness Initiative Director Jamie Bristow in collaboration with Professor Christine Wamsler, a leading sustainability scientist from Lund University in Sweden, and researcher Dan Nixon.

The output from the project will include a policy report and a short animation, scheduled for launch in autumn 2021 to coincide with the run-up to the UNFCCC COP 26 climate conference taking place in Glasgow in November. 

Research interviews will be conducted with politicians and other decision-makers to explore how the interaction between inner capacities and the climate crisis are currently being considered in policymaking. Consultation amongst researchers and innovators will survey the field and collect together the most promising thinking and interventions. The results of this work will be combined with an assessment of research into mindfulness, compassion and sustainability in order to create recommendations for change in an engaging public policy report.  

If you work in this area and would like to take part in our consultation, please email [email protected] for details.

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