Of course I don’t know what you are feeling and thinking about the ways climate change is going to effect the future.
I include this on the psychotherapy website because from my point of view, psychotherapists’ current social responsibilities include helping us all to process distress about the consequences of climate change. In other words, taking the threats of climate change seriously can be traumatic and this in turn inhibits and disables people doing what they can do.
I do not introduce this subject into psychotherapy sessions, but would like to provide some links for you to follow if you wish.
Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR) was set up in 1995 to locate psychotherapy and counselling in a socio-political context. From its founding it had an interest in the environment through an ecopsychology group.
Click here for a link to an Ecopsychology website
Click here for a link to the new organisation Climate Psychology Alliance which has many important contributions to this issue
Click here for the proceedings of a recent conference on 2nd July 2011 Changing climates 2nd July 2011
Click here for Judith’s lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine 28th Sept 2011 Too much to bear
Click here for details of an Ecopsychology gathering August 1st – 4th 2013
Edge of Wild II at Green and Away, Europe’s only sustainably-run, tented conference centre.
For further details download flyer at http://www.pcsr.org.uk/first.html
Project Genie began when Professor Hugh Montgomery wrote the storybook ‘The Genie in the Bottle’, shortly after the arrival of his first son.
The simple science of climate change – understandable even to a child – was being confused. Adults showed little effort or ability to make the changes necessary to limit greenhouse gas emissions. And it would be this generation of schoolchildren who would face the consequences.
Thus, Project Genie was born – ‘Letting the Children Take Charge’. Project Genie aims to EDUCATE the next generation about climate change, and EMPOWER them to ACT to reduce greenhouse gases emissions. Its goal is to produce a rapid, meaningful and sustained reduction in those emissions through changes in behavior of the children, and of the adults they influence.