Talking about climate change – it might be upsetting, but that isn’t a reason for not doing it.

The general consensus seems to be that the subject of climate change is, to put it mildly, upsetting. I think that it would be fair to say that most people who’ve had a go at thinking about it, let alone talking about it, have come away feeling a variety of emotions that come under a general umbrella of ‘not great’ – scared, worried, terrified, panicky, confused, depressed, overwhelmed, angry…just to try naming a few. Anyone could be forgiven for just not wanting to think about it, denying that anything’s happening or simply giving up and climbing into a cupboard until its all blown over. It probably won’t blow over, and my children need me to be thinking and talking with them about it. They’ve told me as much…and they’re probably not the only ones. I have been told by some that I’m wrong and I’m being alarmist. Nothing would delight me more if this turned out to be the case. This is one situation where I would be genuinely happy to throw a party to celebrate having made a big mistake. I guess time will tell. Until then, this great handbook put together by a group of psychologists offers some insights into how and why we respond psychologically to climate change, and how we can look after ourselves emotionally and get involved in preparing ourselves and our children for the future. Let me know what you think – what do you like about it? What could be improved? Would you recommend it to others?

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