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Mind Over Chatter: Exploring Climate Psychology

Human psychology is one of the biggest obstacles to greater understanding and action on climate. Perhaps the climate issue is too closely associated with the faces of polar bears rather than humans when climate is a profoundly human story. It touches on our deepest fears and desires, whether we recognize it or suppress it.

Research and practice in psychology is advancing guidance on how to understand and talk about climate change, and how not to talk about it. A hint - getting angry and trying to change people’s minds is not the answer. The keys are genuine listening and empathy.

This conversation with three psychologists will focus on how to talk with your family and friends on the other side of the climate debate. It also will offer an approach to dealing with anxieties about climate change and a guide through the depression felt by many.


  • Leslie Davenport, Clinical Psychologist, Author
  • Renee Lertzman, Author
  • Bryant Welch, Clinical Psychologist, Author

Thursday, 11/29/18


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$20 General, $12 Members, $7 Students

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