The human side of the climate crisis: causes and ways of dealing with it.

Is denial caused by sorrow over an almost unbearable loss? If it is - what can be done about it?

The human side of the climate crisis: causes and ways of dealing with it.

Is denial caused by sorrow over an almost unbearable loss? If it is - what can be done about it?

Themes on the page will be:

Human values and mindsets behind the climate crisis. Good advice for mastering your own crisis, depression and sorrow. What we need to change within ourselves to efficiently combat the crisis. Links to websites, articles and videos dealing with these themes.
Can denial be seen as the first Phase of a Crisis?
The phases of human crisis normally follow this sequence:
Denial
Anger
Bargaining
Depression
Acceptance
3 Types of Denial:
Intellectual:

You reject that climate change is happening and that it´s man-made.

Emotional:

You accept climate change being real and man-made, but the acceptance stays in your head. It doesn´t affect you emotionally, does not fill your body, does not reach your stomach and your heart.

Political:

You recognize climate change, you are strongly affected emotionally by it, but that does not lead you to become politically active.

The purpose of this site is to help you move from all of them.

Maybe the emotional side of climate denial is the first phase in what we may label: Pre-traumatic stress disorder?

There´s a wonderful dialogue on Vimeo illustrating exactly these 5 phases. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (therapist) and Bill Nye (client). See video below:

Mastering your own crisis: Preliminary thoughts from Hans Joergen Rasmussen:

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People often ask me: “Don´t you get depressed over global warming”. The answer is – and has always been: no – here is why:

When I was studying psychology in the 70s, I came across this set of equations:

1. Isolation plus oppression equals inaction and helplessness
2. Contact plus solidarity equals awareness raising
3. Awareness raising plus contact plus anger equals action plus change

I believe it still holds a high degree of validity – and it´s absolutely true in the case of global warming.

Before sketching some strategies for how to survive mentally and emotionally, i´ll just – very briefly – tell you what has been helping me in the process.

My involvement in this started around 2010. Reading some books, watching movies, getting in touch with other people focusing on Global Warming. Very much via Internet, Facebook etc.

As i learned more about the situation I decided, that I just could´t know this without sharing it.

Since my skills over time have had very much to do with communication and teaching, I started making courses. Since I´m also very interested in movies, Graphic art and photography, I started using videos and images in my slideshows instead of or as a supplement to text.

So all of a sudden I found myself working as a communicator about a subject i was very passionate about, using tools I love in the process.

Focusing on the fact that I have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who need to have a future, this work does not steal my energy. On the contrary: I get energized, vitalized. Working on this website only added an extra dimension to this.

My point is this: When you work with something you are passionate about it´s not possible to be depressed at the same time. And finding out that you are one of many – maybe millions – working for the same goals is really stimulating and rewarding.

Get out of your isolation, admit that you, too, would like yourself and your loved ones to have a future on this planet.

Ask yourself what you think would be interesting and fun to work with. We must all try to include our passions in this. And what we´re good at.

Start talking to other people about your thoughts and feelings about global warming, and find out that you are not alone. Talk to Family, Friends, neighbors, facebookcontacts, etc. Join organizations of likeminded people. Internet is full of them.

In the near future there will be an article generalizing and deepening the understanding of global warming´s effect on yourself and how to cope most efficiently with it.

The Norwegian Climate Psychologist Per Espen Stoknes with a clear analysis of the climate paradox.

A lecture on Climate Psychology and Solutions by Per Espen Stoknes, author of “What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming”

A lecture on Climate Psychology and Solutions by Joergen Randers, “The Limits to Growth” (1972), “Limits to Growth—The 30 Year Update” (2004).” , “2052” (2012).