For those who are raising children - whether parents, carers, guardians or grandparents - there can be very particular thoughts and feelings when facing the climate crisis.
We invite you to delve into our third issue of Explorations in Climate Psychology which is now available!
Explorations is an online publication that aims to be inclusive of the different ways people are experiencing and engaging with one another on the climate and ecological crisis. It welcomes various forms of expression from analytical articles, reviews and features that promote peer-reviewed research to interviews, reflections, testimonies, poetry, art and lightly edited conversations.
This latest edition explores "Staying with the Trouble" - how to contain our emotional turmoil and stay with the troubling thoughts and feelings.
Follow this link to access all three editions of Explorations.
Chris Robertson, one of the founding facilitators of CPA’s Through the Door, reflects on the meaning of its central metaphor and on the experience of the workshop.
Any fans of Ro Randall and Andy Brown’s Carbon Conversations will be excited to learn that an updated version of this excellent initiative, named Living with the Climate Crisis, has been developed.
What is Living with the Climate Crisis?
Created by Ro, Andy, Rebecca Nestor and Daniela Fernandez-Catherall, Living with the Climate Crisis aims to help people find their place in the collective project of responding to climate change. At its heart is a clear psychological approach, based on the following principles:
- climate change is distressing: people need support in coping with the difficult feelings that sometimes overwhelm them, and to explore ways to feel joy and satisfaction in a precarious world
- the best means to collective solutions is in supportive groups based in local communities
- people need support in finding their way to a variety of personal, political and community actions
- people need skills in communicating, both publicly and in personal situations.
The programme consists of seven meetings and is currently being piloted. Facilitator materials will be available in 2023 and the authors will offer introductory workshops to support people wishing to run the groups in their own localities.
A website dedicated to Living with the Climate Crisis is under production. In the meantime follow this link for more details.
“I think eco-anxiety is an understatement for what I feel in terms of climate-related emotions. It’s a range of emotions that I fail to either name or describe.”
CPA member, Shelot Masithi, recently gave an interview to Brighton based arts charity, ONCA, about eco-anxiety.
The quote above highlights how difficult it can be to pin the term eco-anxiety down as it is often used to encompass a wide range of emotions - including anger, helplessness, sadness, grief, depression, numbness and others.
Shelot offers many insights as she shares how her feelings are shaped by her immediate experience of the climate crisis living in South Africa, particularly in relation to water shortages.
‘… as someone who grew up in the face of water cuts and shortages, I was tired of being ‘fine’ with not having water whilst giant corporations like Coca-Cola and Nestle continue having abundant access to water which they steal and then sell to the people.'
To read the full interview follow this link.
Shelot also spoke about the climate crisis and thirst in an issue of our Climate Crisis Digest which you can read here.
This was taken from her powerful and moving keynote speech at the CPA/APS conference, “Six months after COP26; what have we learnt?”
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