30.09.2021

CBM UK: An inclusive planet: inclusion, mental health and climate change

This interactive event will bring together International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs), Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), policymakers and other key partners involved in disability inclusive climate research and innovation.

The event has the following aims:

1 – to highlight the impact of climate change on the health and wellbeing of persons with disabilities;
2 – to demonstrate why national and international action against climate change must incorporate the participation of persons with disabilities;
3 – to offer practical suggestions from INGOs and OPDs on how climate adaptation and resilience measures (including disaster risk reduction and response) can be more inclusive, and incorporate proper consideration of mental wellbeing;
4 – to foster a changed mind-set about inclusion and mental wellbeing in climate action
The event will include presentations, group discussions, footage with persons with disabilities highlighting how climate change has impacted their lives, and feature the CBM Global Disability Inclusion papers: ‘Climate change, mental health and wellbeing: Examples of practical inclusive practices’ (due for publication in October 2021), and Climate Change: This Century’s Defining Issue

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Julian Eaton, Mental Health Director, CBM Global Disability Inclusion
Sibusisiwe Marunda, Director at REPSSI (Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative), Zimbabwe
Joshua Abioseh Duncan, Programs Manager – Mental Health Coalition, Sierra Leone
Jennifer M’Vouama, Policy and Development Officer – Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, Humanity & Inclusion (HI)
Elham Youssefian, Inclusive Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction Adviser, International Disability Alliance (IDA)