ECOPSYCHOLOGY & CLIMATE RESOURCES

A collection of articles that explore the relationship between the human mind and climate change, such as understanding our emotional connections to nature and ways to motivate action.

 

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It’s not just our natural systems that need to be resilient to climate change – people need to be resilient too. ecoAmerica have looked at what the psychological impacts of climate change are and how we can make sure our communities have the social fabric to combat the mental stress of losing the ecosystems we know and love.

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An overview of the mental health risks from climate change fueled extreme weather events and the proactive steps governments and organizations can take to prepare for them. 

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A report on how global warming impacts public mental health and the mental health care system that includes communications, behavior change and public education recommendations.

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A report on the psychological dimensions of climate change with recommendations to assist and encourage the psychology community's engagement with the issue.

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An investigation into the psychology of sustainability that considers why actions are not always a reflection of values; with recommendations on how to incorporate psychological dimensions of sustainability into our work.

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An ethnographic investigation of the environmental justice implications of "socially organized denial" among populations who are aware of global warming, yet fail to respond.

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A discussion of how Michael Shermer‘s Scientific American article, “The Believing Brain” informs how we relate to climate science, specifically the ways that we form beliefs and our resulting cognitive biases.

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An examination of two parallel climate change public narratives (i.e. problems and solutions) and how incorporating a psychoanalytic perspective on grief could help the public cope with projected climate impacts.

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A discussion of psychology's role not only in behavior change strategies, but also in changing the conditions that encourage our behavior.

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An analysis of how psychological factors influence decision making and the implications for climate communicators.

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