Special Interest Group for Addressing Climate and Environmental Emergency

Purpose

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:

  • Frank and robust recognition of the immediate and catastrophic peril we are all facing
  • Proactive engagement across media and politics
  • Respectful, diplomatic, scientifically based, and thoughtful disposition
  • Acknowledges our collective societal ownership of both the problem and the solutions (seek to avoid ‘othering’ or divisive language, we are all part of the problem and all part of the solution)

Email: climatechange@psychologicalsociety.ie 

 

Officers

Dr Odhrán McCarthy

Chairperson

Dr Eoin Galavan

Secretary & Vice Chairperson

Tom Millane

Honorary Treasurer

Dr. Tadhg Macintyre

Communications Officer

Dr Sharon Lambert

Ordinary Member

Dr Cian Aherne

Ordinary Member

Dr Catriona O’Toole

Ordinary Member

Paula Roseingrave

Ordinary Member

Cassandra Murphy

Ordinary Member

Ann Walsh

Ordinary Member

Dr Cait Verling

Ordinary Member

Roisin Cuddihy

Membership Officer

Dr Marica Cassarino

Ordinary Member

Amy Brogan

Ordinary Member

James Groake

Ordinary Member

Dylan MacDonald

Ordinary Member