Living with the climate crisis – psychologically based groups to help people respond creatively and collectively to our global dilemmas
- New course in Oxford
Our Oxford-based member of the Living with the climate crisis author team Rebecca Nestor is offering the course in Oxford from September this year, co-facilitating with Climate Psychology Alliance chair Judith Anderson. More details on Rebecca’s website. If you are offering the course where you live, let us know so that we can mention it here.
- Living with the Climate Crisis off to a good start
Our launch in April got the project off to a great start, with over 250 people attending from across the world, from the UK to Australia. If you missed the launch and would like to catch up, you can view the recording of the event here.
We’re gradually getting news of people beginning to run groups, with one planned in the Netherlands starting in July, others in the UK starting in the autumn. Do let us know if you are planning or running a group as we’d love to feature news of what you are doing in our regular updates on this site.
We have a number of experiential workshops coming up in June, July and September for people who wish to facilitate as well as monthly mentoring and support sessions for facilitators and those planning to facilitate. See the About:Facilitation and support page on this site.
All these sessions are organised and run by the Climate Psychology Alliance who manage the project and priority in booking is given to CPA members. If you’d like to join the CPA, take a look at the site here, or use this link to join
We are delighted to welcome you to the Climate Psychology Alliance’s new project Living with the climate crisis. On this site you will find materials and guidance for running a series of group meetings which aim to help people respond to the climate crisis, both personally and collectively.
Anxiety, distress, burnout and despair are common responses to struggling with the issue. Living with the climate crisis groups offer a mix of psychologically based groupwork and experiential learning which can be used flexibly to support people in managing their feelings, experiences and actions.
The groups provide a space for people to talk, to share, to express what they feel and to reflect. They offer tools, ideas and skills for action. They emphasise our shared humanity, our interdependence and the need for a collective response. They are rooted in psychological understandings of our distress, of our difficulties in communication and of each person’s need to find a place in a bewildering array of possibilities for action.
The materials are designed to be used by experienced facilitators and are made available under creative commons licences with the hope that they will be used widely.
The authors, Ro Randall, Rebecca Nestor and Daniela Fernandez-Catherall, are psychological practitioners who have been involved in the climate movement for many years.
We hope you will enjoy these materials and find them useful. We want to create a community of practitioners who can use the materials flexibly and creatively in their own work and help us develop them further. We welcome feedback. Contact us here.