Understanding human behavior at the deepest levels is no longer an option. It’s an imperative.

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We know more than ever about the immense scale and magnitude of the challenges facing humanity on a finite planet. However, we also understand more about creativity, resilience, and problem-solving than ever before. At the intersection of neuroscience, behavioral sciences, clinical psychology, psychosocial research and public health, are insights uniquely suited for meeting our immense challenges. Insights we can be accessing, applying and scaling. No matter the challenge or context. Each of us has the ability to be a catalyst for exactly the kind of changes needed most today.

CONSULTING

I work with a range of organizations across sectors, applying proven psychosocial methods for engagement, brand strategy, research design, insights and messaging.
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SPEAKING

I present to groups internationally to share insights, challenge assumptions and provoke deeper thinking about how we can be more effective and inspired.
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TEACHING

I design deep dive courses, trainings, workshops, and capacity building for organizations, foundations, universities and the public.
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Understanding human behavior at the deepest levels is no longer an option. It’s an imperative.

We know more than ever about the immense scale and magnitude of the challenges facing humanity on a finite planet. However, we also understand more about creativity, resilience, and problem-solving than ever before. At the intersection of neuroscience, behavioral sciences, clinical psychology, psychosocial research and public health, are insights uniquely suited for meeting our immense challenges. Insights we can be accessing, applying and scaling. No matter the challenge or context. Each of us has the ability to be a catalyst for exactly the kind of changes needed most today.

CONSULTING

I work with a range of organizations across sectors, applying proven psychosocial methods for engagement, brand strategy, research design, insights and messaging.
READ MORE

CONSULTING

I work with a range of organizations across sectors, applying proven psychosocial methods for engagement, brand strategy, research design, insights and messaging.
READ MORE

SPEAKING

I present to groups internationally to share insights, challenge assumptions and provoke deeper thinking about how we can be more effective and inspired.
READ MORE

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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2040 - a hybrid feature documentary

Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Renee's work was an inspiration for the film.

This is an excerpt from the interview with the filmmaker.

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

Psychologist says he fears for Greta Thunberg’s mental wellbeing

Metro News

"Swedish schoolgirl Greta inspired millions of people across 150 countries to take to the streets to demand action on climate change with her Global Strike 4 Climate last week"

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Facing Your Emotions Around Climate Change

Omega Center for Sustainable Living

"Dr. Renee Lertzman has spent her career as a psychologist and author designing tools and strategies suited for the uniquely challenging nature of environmental work."

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'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life

By Mike Pearl; illustrated by Annie Zhao (Vice)

"It's super painful to be a human being right now at this point in history."

READ THE ARTICLE IN VICE

It’s the End of the World as They Know It

By David Corn (Mother Jones)

"The distinct burden of being a climate scientist"

READ THE ARTICLE IN MOTHER JONES

Why does environmentalism have a dark side?

By Eve Andrews (grist)

"I wish I could say environmentalism were as simple as saving trees and picking up trash while jogging..."

READ THE ARTICLE IN GRIST

A vision of 2040: everything we need for a sustainable world already exists

By Damon Gameau (The Guardian)

"There are real obstacles to environmental progress, but we must focus on what we are for, not just what we are against"

READ THE ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

Do therapists have a duty to confront climate change denial?

By Olivia Goldhill (Quartz)

Social scientist Renee Lertzman, who works on the psychology of environmental communications, believes that people are suffering from “environmental melancholia."

READ THE ARTICLE IN QUARTZ

Young Minnesotans with 'climate grief' are feeling anxiety – and taking action

By Kevyn Burger (Star Tribune illustration)

"It's on that emotional continuum, the feeling that the world is heading into a very uncertain, chaotic place and the impact is potentially devastating," she said. "It's a painful place to be."

READ THE ARTICLE IN THE STAR TRIBUNE

Is it okay to enjoy warm weather caused by climate change?

By Annabelle Timsit (Quartz)

This time last year, the United Kingdom was in the grip of a wave of freezing wind from Siberia called the “Beast from the East.”

READ THE ARTICLE ON QUARTZ

The Difficulty of Imagining Climate Change Isn’t Just in Your Head

By Alex Ronan (The Cut)

As Lertzman and others argue, climate change comes up against a human mind hell-bent on denial. “We are really good at denying and avoiding input that arouses any kind of cognitive dissonance, guilt, shame, confusion, fear,” she said. “That’s climate change in a nutshell.”

READ THE ARTICLE ON THE CUT

How To Hack Our Psychology To Take More Eco-Friendly Actions

by By Emma Loewe (mbgplanet)

Mention of environmental threats can send us on an emotional roller coaster like no other. These days, hearing the latest news on trash-clogged oceans, decaying coral reefs, and warming temperatures can be scary, sad, and overwhelming all at once.

READ THE ARTICLE ON mbgplanet

The Other Kind of Climate Denialism

By Rachel Riederer (The New Yorker)

“The Uninhabitable Earth,” David Wallace-Wells’s new book about how climate change will affect human life, begins, “It is worse, much worse, than you think.”

READ THE ARTICLE IN THE NEW YORKER

Renee generously offered her expertise to Living in the Future’s Past, a film exploring our role in the environment. Her work advances the power of invitation, rather than preaching, helping us get beyond the ideological traps that keep us stuck in old patterns of behavior. Her contributions made the film stronger.

Susan Kucera, director | Living in the Future’s Past

Renee is working at the forefront of exploring deeper levels of how people respond to environmental issues, and what this means for new ways of communicating with and engaging people. She brings great sensitivity and insight to her work on psychological dimensions of sustainability. It is a perspective and orientation that is urgently needed in environmental scholarship and research, and one that is often missing.

Paul Hawken | Executive Director, Project Drawdown

I have learned a great deal from Renee’s work on producing the landscape report on climate change engagement, which then inspired our new Climate Field Guide. It’s really helped me navigate this emerging space.

Bruce Lowry | Director of Policy and Advocacy, Skoll Global Threats Fund

Renee is rare combination of brilliant scientific researcher, strategic consultant and creative thinker. She brings a deep understanding of both climate science as well as human psychology to teams I've worked with her on. For the Alliance for Climate Education’s climate conversations campaign, she was an invaluable thinker, collaborator and trainer. I highly recommend working with her.

Jonah Sachs | CEO, Free Range Studios

I regard Renee’s work as one of the most significant voices today addressing our environmental challenges.

Elizabeth Thompson | Founding Director, The Buckminster Fuller Challenge