CLIMATE JOURNEYS: FROM ANXIETY TO INVOLVEMENT
By Rosemary Randall
Wednesday 20th May 2020 @ 7pm
Central Halls, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP
PLEASE NOTE: BECAUSE OF THE COVID – 19 PANDEMIC THIS LECTURE HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT A TICKET YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND.
In this talk Rosemary will discuss the emergence of the term ‘climate anxiety’ to describe the complex feelings which people experience when they allow themselves to fully understand what climate change means. Since knowledge of climate change first emerged 30+ years ago, many people have preferred not to know about it, protecting themselves with a variety of psychological defences – echoed in and reinforced by political discourse – to keep the uncomfortable truths at a distance. As the urgency of climate change mounts these collective and individual defences cease to be viable and underlying feelings of fear, powerlessness, anger and grief emerge in ways that can be hard to manage.
Drawing both on her own research and on her experience of working within the climate movement over the last sixteen years, Rosemary will contrast the experiences of young people coming fresh to an understanding of the issue, and the experiences of older people who may have ignored or protected themselves from knowledge and now find themselves struggling with guilt, shame and a sense of complicity. She will discuss the importance of civil society creating spaces for people to explore these complex emotions, tell their stories and find a place of agency from which to act on what they now know, emphasising the contribution that psychotherapists can make to this.”
Rosemary Randall is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who has written widely on the psychological dimensions of climate change. She is the originator and author (with Andy Brown) of the award winning Carbon Conversations project and a founder member of the Climate Psychology Alliance.
Tickets: £15 Discounted rate: £7.50 (student, unwaged, friend of Sutherland Trust)
Refreshments, included in the ticket price, will be available from 6:30pm
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