The emotional burden of climate change can be overwhelming alongside the grief and frustration of our own lives. The New Republic writes about Dr. Renée Lertzman’s insights in a 2010 lecture about apathy vs. “a surplus of affect” that she witnessed in Wisconsin residents confronting environmental issues.
Understanding human behavior at the deepest levels is no longer an option. It’s an imperative.
The ecological challenges we face can feel scary and insurmountable. It's time to transform our care and concern into powerful action and innovation.
A NEW APPROACH
Psychology holds the key to unlocking action on the greatest challenge facing humanity today.
It's about being human.
We do not have to be superheroes, or super-powered. But we are--each one of us--being called on today to access new capacities in how we meet our planetary crisis. The very good news is that we each have these abilities, regardless of background or discipline.
NEW METHODS FOR NEW DANGERS
Companies and organizations working on the frontlines of ecological issues need to build capacity, develop strategy, unleash creativity and mobilize around making an impact.
We can get this done by:
- Applying psychological methods, tools and frameworks to the development of successful campaigns, messaging and brand strategies
- Inspiring bold, courageous action among sustainability leaders through guidance and training
- Partnering on strategy development, research and capacity building training and workshops
- Transforming our concern for the planet into action through compassion, intelligence and emotional connection.
MY ROLE IN THE EFFORT
As a researcher, educator and climate engagement strategist, I work with companies and organizations looking to strengthen climate and sustainability initiatives, develop more effective campaigns and harness the creativity and innovation needed to solve big problems.
Let’s work together to break through the barriers to progress on the most pressing issues of our time.
In the News
It’s no secret that we’re experiencing some concerning changes in our climate, from rising global temperatures, extreme weather events, and rising sea levels. But rather than focus on only the doom and gloom, REAL SIMPLE asked Dr. Lertzman to help navigate these new, challenging emotional times.
Between wildfires, heat waves and hurricanes, we’re all feeling nervous about the future. But stewing or ignoring the problem won’t ease your burden.
READ THE ARTICLE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
Climate change presents a grim future. We know what we’re up against, yet our impulse is to look away, to say we’ll worry about it later. In this podcast, Renée offers strategies for getting past the tendency to tune out by understanding and accepting our complex emotional responses.
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Having an emotional response to ecological crises is actually not pathological, it’s actually a healthy response.
Climate scientists are clear that we need to go much further, much faster. Social scientists say we won’t get there without building a broad social mandate fuelled by thoughtful, well-funded public engagement strategies that are tailored to both communities and regions.
When it comes to healing from environmental violence and injustice, emotional intelligence can help us find compassion, common ground, acceptance, and the ability to offer reparations, from which forgiveness and partnership can be achieved.
For the last four years, the world’s largest economy and single-biggest all-time emitter of heat-trapping gases has been in the grips of an aggressive climate denier.
READ THE ARTICLE IN LOVELAND MAGAZINE
Renée works with companies, nonprofits and governments looking to strengthen environmental initiatives, develop more effective campaigns and harness the creativity and innovation needed to solve our urgent crises.
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We’re living through a year of almost unimaginable stress and anxiety, against a backdrop of ongoing climate chaos. Are humans really equipped to deal with conditions like this?
READ THE ARTICLE IN THE NEW YORKER
Dr Renée Lertzman shares how to practically apply psychology to climate and sustainability campaigns.
WATCH THE VIDEO
A conversational approach often works better, says psychologist Renée Lertzman.
Listen to the Podcast from Yale Climate Connections
We are talking climate anxiety, trauma, and validating our feelings with Dr. Renée Lertzman, a renowned psychologist, author and sustainability strategist who uses psychological insights to change our approach to the environmental crisis.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST
It’s super painful to be a human being right now at this point in history.”
WATCH THE TALK AT SRI2021
As the climate crisis becomes ever more serious, most of us have felt an overwhelming sense of despair at the state of our planet. But how can we channel that grief into positive action?
READ THE ARTICLE IN VOGUE