Bronwyn Gresham hosts a conversation between four psychologists about facing the climate crisis.
Sally Gillespie, PhD, worked as a Jungian psychotherapist for over twenty years before completing her doctoral research in climate psychology.
Her recent publication, Climate Crisis and Consciousness: Re-imagining our owrkd and ourselves is an intriguing and essential read, venturing into our collective stories and consciousness and guiding us towards a space that has promise even in our difficult reality. Check out her book here
Sally has kindly shared her recommendations for reading and materials.
Dr Christine Canty is a clinical neuropsychologist with a passion for climate activism. She is involved in XR Families and the XR Outreach team.
Listen to her incredible speech from the XR Spring Rebellion (about 20 min into this episode)
And in person here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kWqlzW7-nw
Carol Ride is the founder of Psychology for a Safe Climate after being a longstanding psychotherapist and climate activist. Our friends in Dumbo Feather spoke to Carol in 2017, and the importance of inner work is as relevant now as it was then.
Recommended Reading and Resources
A great place to start is the Climate Psychology Alliance short podcasts on a range of subjects including eco anxiety, climate grief, communication, etc
Another excellent entry point are information sheets and booklets from Australian Psychological Society: https://www.psychology.org.au/for-the-public/Psychology-topics/Climate-change-psychology
Also very helpful are writings on https://www.climateandmind.org/
For an accessible psychological insights and support for climate communication and action you can download Psychology for a Safe Climate’s booklets: Let’s speak about climate change, Facing the heat: Stories of climate change conversations and Coping with climate change distress, all available on https://www.psychologyforasafeclimate.org/publications
Ro Randall’s podcast and blog pieces are also excellent on both communication and the activist trajectory https://rorandall.org/.
Paul Hoggett and Rosemary Randall’s insightful short paper ‘Sustainable activism: Managing hope and despair in social movements” (2017) can be found at https://www.climatepsychologyalliance.org/explorations/papers/201-sustainable-activism-managing-hope-and-despair-in-social-movements
Also many excellent short pieces on climate communication on Renee Lertzman’s website https://reneelertzman.com/essays/
For very helpful short pieces on burnout go to https://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/editorial-sophy-banks-on-balance-or-burnout/ and https://grist.org/article/2010-05-12-coming-out-of-the-closet-my-climate-trauma-and-yours/
Per Espen Stoknes identifies psychological barriers to climate action and communication in What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action (Chelsea Green, 2015). This warm and thoughtful book is full of personal stories and strategic solutions for encouraging individual and social responses. Political adviser and climate campaigner Alex Evans gives a short insightful account of how stories and myths hinder or activate change in the The Myth Gap: What happens when evidence is not enough (Eden Project, 2017).
Joanna Macy’s work has sustained generations of environmental activists. Her most recent book, highly recommended, is Active Hope: How to face the mess we’re in without going crazy, co-authored with Chris Johnstone, (New World Library, 2012). Watch her videos and podcasts on https://www.joannamacy.net/main#multimedia
Sally's book, Climate Crisis and Consciousness: Reimagining our world and ourselves, is available from Routledge https://www.routledge.com/Climate-Crisis-and-Consciousness-Reimagining-Our-World-and-Ourselves/Gillespie/p/book/9780367365349
(30% discount code is ADS 19) or get your library to order it in!