The existential threat to our natural environment caused by climate change and environmental crisis affects all of us. First consequences are noticable all over the planet. Justly, the initiators of the Fridays-for-Future-Movement talk about the most important crisis of mankind.
They are supported by a broad alliance of scientists. Their research proves not only the impact of human behavior on climate change but also provides potential solutions.
But we need to act now and new political and social priorities are required to be successful.
We as professional psychologists and psychotherapists feel responsible to bring in our expertise to manage these major challenges.
For many years various international psychological and medical authorities have researched the connections between climate change and psychology/psychotherapy. This includes topics like dealing with defense mechanisms like psychological denial, motivating people towards behavioral change or dealing with psychological stress and disorders.
„Climate Change is a psychological crisis, whatever else it is” (Poulsen, 2018)
The Position Statement, that we have published on 2019/05/21 on psychologistsforfuture.org is the result of a working group of psychologists and psychotherapists from different branches. It has been signed by more than 100 professionals until the date of publication.
It does not represent the views of any organiziation and no new organization is being formed on the basis of this text.