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THE FIVE:KEY PRINCIPLES
Climate change is not a scientific problem waiting for a technical solution. It’s an urgent, frightening, systemic problem involving environment, culture and politics.
It engenders fear, denial and despair amongst individuals, evasion, indifference and duplicity amongst the powerful.
It forces uncomfortable dilemmas about justice, nature and equality into consciousness. It challenges all of us in modern societies both personally and politically.
To work with these dilemmas the CPA draws on a broad range of perspectives including philosophy, the arts and humanities, ecology and systems thinking.
Our core focus however is in psycho-social studies and the psychotherapy field, approaches which help us to understand the unconscious processes and emotions which control our thoughts, beliefs and behaviour and which manifest in mutually reinforcing systems of defence in society.
Anxiety, guilt and shame make it very difficult for people to face the reality of climate change and lead to denial and disavowal while the norms and structures of everyday life validate and reinforce these responses.
See also the Handbook on Climate Psychology
JOIN US BECOMING A MEMBER OF CPA
We warmly welcome anyone interested in exploring the psychological aspects of the climate and ecological emergency to join us.
Climate Psychology Alliance is a Community Benefit Society, so by signing up as a member you automatically become a co-owner of the organisation. Participation is key so we welcome active involvement and would love to hear what you would like to contribute - which can be as much or as little as you want.
Individual or organizational membership of £42.00 a year (or £12.00 a year for concessions) brings a number of benefits:
- access to regular members-only events, including a monthly Zoom meeting for new members;
- access to regular meetings with the BIPoC Group - this group is private for those that have affinity with it;
- an open invitation to join one of our working groups on aspects of climate psychology, or set up a new one;
- a weekly email update with listings of events relevant to climate psychology being held within our community, as well as those offered by external organisations;
- access to lively and thoughtful discussions on our Slack workspace and Google group forum;
- the right to vote at our AGM and stand for our board.
Welcome to the CPA Handbook of Climate Psychology.
Our aims through this handbook are to to develop shared understandings of what is meant by ‘climate psychology’ and to provide a valuable online resource.
Each entry of about 500 words in length defines a concept, explains its importance to climate psychology, and provides links to relevant literature.