The primary goal of this group is for the public benefit, to help raise awareness of climate change and the environmental emergency and how psychology can help us understand and resolve these issues.
Psychological factors include:
Psychological factors in the creation of climate change, e.g., a destructive ‘resource ownership’ relationship to nature vs a stewardship relationship, and the psychological factors inherent in our social and political context.
Psychological factors as barriers to addressing climate change or engaging in climate change mitigation e.g., paralysis, guilt or shame, information avoidance, fear, psychological distance, disavowal/denial, bystander effect, confirmation bias, cognitive dissonance, other cognitive heuristics, ‘dragons of inaction’ etc
Psychological factors in the momentum towards behavioural, organisational, and social change: confidence we can make a difference, social momentum, leadership, visible modelling of behaviour change, incentives, maintaining hope and perspective, collective efficacy, providing opportunities for meaningful contribution.
Psychological impacts of climate change e.g., eco-anxiety, shame, depression, suicide risk, trauma etc.
Psychological factors in how we connect with nature, the environment and planetary health.
We seek to be outward facing and engaged; to educate and inform, facilitate behavioural change at various levels in society and promote a sustainability agenda in any services being delivered by psychologists.
We seek to communicate and influence key stakeholders in Ireland and overseas; to create alliances with similar groups of psychologists, environmental scientists, and others.
This will involve creating a platform for dialogue across a wide section of society.
We seek to expand our individual and professional zones of influence; to walk the walk and establish an Eco-Code for psychologists.
We seek to establish a tone and messaging that includes: