FACING THE DIFFICULT TRUTHS OF THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY:
APOCALYPTIC DISASTER OR TRANSFORMATIONAL MOMENT IN HISTORY?
SPEAKER: Caroline Hickman
Eco anxiety, grief and despair are all now recognised as understandable and rational human responses to the developing crisis. Conversations about climate change will bring us face to face with feelings of vulnerability and uncertainty but are also essential if we are to develop the emotional resilience that humanity needs to face this uncertain future.
This talk looks at some of the psychological barriers to taking action on climate change. Caroline will outline what is needed to help us develop the emotionally informed and sustainable action that we need to take to save ourselves as well as the planet.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Caroline is a psychotherapist and lecturer at the University of Bath. For ten years she has been conducting research into children and young people’s emotional responses to climate change, both here and in several other countries. She is co-lead author on a 2021 quantitative global study into 10,000 children and young people’s emotions and thoughts about climate change, to be published in The Lancet Planetary Health.
She is a board member of the Climate Psychology Alliance which has been developing a range of therapeutic services for ecological distress including a psychological assessment model for eco-anxiety.