May 12 and 13 (online).
By Ontario SPCA and Humane Society.
One Welfare and Self-Care: Global Perspectives and Personal Practices
with Bonita Ford -- May 12, 2:30pm.
The absence of a One Welfare approach in animal rescue can lead to professional trauma and burnout. Furthermore, industrial agricultural practices and habitat loss contribute to the emergence of novel infectious diseases, climate breakdown, and extinction pressure—all of which are stressors for people and animals.
Promoting and engaging in self-care brings One Health and One Welfare into our personal lives and professional cultures, helping to address stress, prevent burnout, and maintain one's capacity to carry out critical work in the long-term.
This participatory session will draw upon themes from Bonita's new book, Embers of Hope: Embracing Life in an Age of Ecological Destruction and Climate Chaos, exploring the balance of despair and hope, of loss and possibility, of self-care and engaged action. The practices of breathing meditation, body awareness, and gratitude will be introduced for self-care.