“Shifts in Being”, Climate Psychology, Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA), Climate-Distress, Deep Adaptation: Navigating the Realities of Climate Chaos Edited by Jem Bendell & Rupert Read, Eco-Distress, Eco-psychology, Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures (GTDF), Societal Collapse, The c-o-s-m-o-s remedy (Bendell), The House Modernity Built (GTDF), The ideology of e-s-c-a-p-e (Bendell)
This is the second of a three-part series of overviews of the book, Deep Adaptation: Navigating the Realities of Climate Chaos, Edited by Jem Bendell & Rupert Read (UK/USA 2021). Here’s the link to Part I: “Climate Chaos: Humanity’s Predicament.”
Part II (chapters 4 to 8) of the book explores the ‘shifts in being’ that can occur and be supported in the event of a societal collapse due to the planetary climate and ecological crises. In Chapter 4, psychologist and co-founder of the Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA) Dr. Adrian Tait describes the ways in which psychotherapists are beginning to change in response to growing public distress, giving rise to the terms ‘climate-distress’ or ‘eco-distress.’
The CPA came into being in the United Kingdom during 2009-2012 following the mobilization of psychotherapists and academics in the field concerned about increasing evidence of climate and ecological destabilization due to human activities. The alliance has two main objectives:
- To promote understanding of the way our minds work in preventing us from acting in the face of climate chaos, and
- To develop support systems for those of us who are committed to persistent engagement in dealing with humanity’s predicament.
“Support is essential,” Dr. Tait notes. “If we have not been racked by grief over what is happening, then we are shutting its meaning out of our hearts and bodies. But if we remained immersed in grief alone, we would become part of the wreckage. The loss is continuous and mounting, which prevents us from moving on as in normal mourning. We need relief from the pain” (p.106).Continue reading