Climate change is arguably the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. It’s so big, it’s also likely to trigger depression, stress or other mental health issues. So, what can we do and more immediately, how can we keep our mental health strong as we engage with this challenge? The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has tackled this head on with their Climate Change Empowerment Handbook. The handbook covers the nature of the threat, cognitive biases we need to overcome, and a eight strategies that can help people more effectively engage with the challenge of climate change. APS also created a nifty graphic using the acronym ACTIVATE to illustrate the eight strategies.
Green Team Academy Podcast with Joan Gregerson
[1:00] The more you know about climate change, the more weighty it feels.
[1:15] Free resource: Climate Change Empowerment Handbook from the Australian Psychological Society
[1:45] Cognitive biases and strategies to engage more effectively
[2:00] Cognitive biases:
[5:30] ACTIVATE recommended strategies:
[8:10] I don’t know about you but listening to those strategies make me hopeful.
[8:20] Understanding the psychology behind it helps us understand why we haven’t been able to change and what we need to do.
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