Renee's groundbreaking book on engagement, Environmental Melancholia: Psychoanalytic Dimensions of Engagement, available as eBook or hardcover.:
For those working to reverse ecological crises and innovate solutions, the greatest untapped resource is a deep understanding of human behavior.
It is time to fully comprehend how people feel, experience, come to terms with, and act in our ecologically fragile world.
Knowing how people relate to change enables us to engage, mobilize, and inspire positive action.
Each one of us cares about our planet. However, it’s not always clear what to do about it.
Our need to understand human behavior at the deepest levels is no longer an option, when it comes to meeting our most urgent ecological challenges. Innovating solutions, crafting engagement strategies and designing astute messaging all require a fundamental fluency in how people not only think, but feel about our changing world. Renee Lertzman knows how to turn our aspirations for a better world into actions that make a difference. She works with leaders in business, government, NGOs, and academia to develop innovative research, insightful strategies, and transformative learning programs to effectively engage stakeholders in responding to the most profound challenges of our time. Learn more about Renee…
Recent Media Coverage
Working with these dynamics is just as important as understanding the science, the policy, the technology — every aspect that we think is critical to climate work. Understanding the affective, or the emotional, is equally important.read more
Talking about climate change is harder than it sounds (imagine a game of charades in which you must suddenly convince your friends they’re in imminent, life-threatening danger).read more
Workers are laying down their tools across the Canadian oilpatch as the price slump draws on. Alberta had a net loss of nearly 20,000 jobs in 2015, with skilled workers being laid off and little hope in sight. The reaction, then, to talks of climate action has been often hostile, with people fearing more economic damage from carbon pricing or other new environmental regulation.read more