This project forms part of a host of work by EOS Eco-Energy to address climate change impacts on environmental and human wellbeing. The project was designed to address the mental health and wellbeing of residents who have expressed experiencing various types of stress and anxiety related to climate change and extreme weather events.
Downtown Sackville and much of the larger Tantramar Region have been historically affected by over-land freshwater flooding. Flood mapping recently released by the Government of New Brunswick expects flooding to become more frequent and more severe towards the end of the century.
The Town of Sackville in 2016 released a Corporate Climate Change Adaptation Plan to better understand how climate change was projected to affect their community. The plan presents an adaptation vision for the Town of Sackville, and details climate change impacts affecting the municipality including changing precipitation patterns, sea level rise, intensifying storms and storm surges, and rising temperatures. A series of flood scenarios are also included. The plan summarizes previous public engagement sessions, including risk and vulnerability assessments.
Building on the Sackville risk and vulnerability assessments and to better understand how climate change was affecting the mental health of residents, EOS launched a pilot study in winter of 2019. The pilot consisted of a literature review of resources on climate-related anxiety and stress, a public survey to assess how community members were experiencing climate change, and a host of workshops for youth and adults to increase climate knowledge, promote resilience, and support well-being.
Due to the success of the pilot program, EOS organized another 7 community workshops to address climate change and wellbeing in the community.