Climate Crisis and Consciousness: Re-imagining Our World and Ourselves

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Routledge, 2020 - Psychology - 171 pages

Climate crisis disrupts the beliefs, values and behaviors of contemporary societies, sparking potential for radical changes in culture and consciousness. Drawing upon her experience as a Jungian psychotherapist and a researcher in the field of climate psychology, Sally Gillespie writes about the challenges, dilemmas, opportunities and transformations of engaging with climate and ecological crises.

Many factors shape how we understand and respond to the existential threats of climate crisis. This accessible book with its discussions about worldviews, cultural myths, emotional resilience, social connectedness, nature relatedness and collective action explores consciousness change in those most engaged with climate issues. Calling upon the words and stories of many people, including Indigenous leaders, ecologists, campaigners, writers and philosophers, Gillespie encourages us to enter into climate conversations to forge emotional resilience, ecological consciousness and inspired action. 

With its unique focus on the psychological experience of facing into the climate crisis, this warm and supportive book offers companionship and sustenance for anyone who wants to be alive to our natural world and to the existential challenges of today. It is an essential resource for counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers and other helping professionals, as well as climate campaigners, policy makers, educators, scientists and researchers.

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About the author (2020)

Sally Gillespie, PhD, worked as a Jungian psychotherapist for over twenty years before undertaking doctoral research in climate psychology at Western Sydney University. She now lectures, and facilitates workshops, on climate psychology and ecopsychology. A former President of the Jung Society of Sydney, Sally is a member of Psychology for a Safe Climate, the Climate Psychology Alliance and the Climate Wellbeing Network.