Climate emotions: a new article and a new podcast!

  A very big news day for me: 1) my article about Taxonomy of Climate Emotions was published and 2) a new Climate Emotions podcast was launched by Dr. Thomas Doherty and me ( http://climatechangeandhappiness.com ). Please give them a try and share the word if you find them useful! In the article, (1) I provide a large taxonomy of various emotions and feelings which can be connected with the climate crisis, and (2) I discuss these emotions in the light of interdisciplinary research. Two tables are offered which include references to research. The effort is quite ambitious and it is clear that more research is needed, but hopefully this article helps both emotion work in practice and future research. For a quick look, please see this table of various climate emotions . The title of the podcast is provocatively “Climate Change and Happiness”. We know that for numerous people, a logical title would be “CC and misery”. We wish to be sensitive to justice issues and we do discuss lots of dar

Emotions and everyday life in relation to sustainability transitions

  Panu Pihkala, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Environmental Theology (Title of Docent), University of Helsinki, Finland   For the Futures Committee of the Finnish Parliament A hearing of experts, Sustainability Transitions in everyday life 11th June 2021   VNS 3/2020 vp Valtioneuvoston selonteko kestävän kehityksen globaalista toimintaohjelmasta Agenda2030:sta Kohti hiilineutraalia hyvinvointiyhteiskuntaa [The Finnish Government and the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development]     Emotions and everyday life in relation to sustainability transitions   Various psychological and social factors contribute to sustainability transitions in everyday life. Psychosocial research that looks at these factors is an internationally emerging multidisciplinary field of research. [1] Included are complex questions about change, motivation, and decision-making. In short, people want a way out of feelings of guilt and desire an experience of social acceptance. The point of view

New articles about eco-anxiety: The Finnish national project

A national project 2020-2022 With the lead of Mental Health Finland (Mieli ry), three NGOs applied and received funding from the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health for a multiyear national project about eco-anxiety. This is a highly exciting project and one in which I have been much involved in, both in the preparation of the application and now as an advisor. The year 2020 was a tough one to start such a project, with COVID-19 pandemic reigning, but in winter 2021 the project has really kicked off. The two other organizations behind the project are Nyyti ry , an old NGO focusing on mental well-being among students, and the brand new Tunne ry , which was founded to develop resources for encountering eco-anxiety and other ecological emotions. The national project published its website  in winter 2020, offering information both for the general public and for various professionals. The project organizes peer groups, educates professionals, and raises awareness among the so

Videos about climate anxiety (and COVID-19)

Four videos are free to watch on the University of Helsinki "tube". I made these originally for students of psychology in Spring 2020, but they serve a wide audience.  1) Climate anxiety What are eco-anxiety and climate anxiety?  What kind of manifestations and symptoms may be included? Emotions and climate anxiety People who are especially vulnerable or exposed to climate anxiety The need for a systemic approach, which takes into account social factors and justice issues You can watch the 27-minute lecture here 2) Coping with climate anxiety Coping theory and resilience theory Susanne Moser : emotionally wise climate communication Maria Ojala's application of coping theory for climate crisis Varieties of resilience, including emotional resilience ( Davenport ), transformational resilience ( Doppelt ), and existential resilience (Pihkala) Insights from ecopsychology ( Macy & Johnstone; Greenspan) Tips for coping (climate psychology organizations) You can watch the 15

Lists of ecological emotion words

The following lists have been developed and used by eco-anxiety researcher Panu Pihkala, Ph.D. They have been used both in educational settings and in sessions about psychological well-being.  Please note that these are not comprehensive lists. All kinds of feelings and emotions may have dimensions related to environmental issues and experiences. For further reading, see the handbooks of ecological emotions by Panu Pihkala (2019, in Finnish: Mieli maassa? Ympäristötunteet ) and Glenn Albrecht (2019, Earth Emotions ). Lists that are used in environmental education, communication, and psychology should be edited to suit the context that they are used in.  It is always a good idea to ask people to invent words themselves for ecological emotions.   List 1: common ecological emotions care compassion frustration anger sadness curiosity relief joy shock overwhelm fear anxiety worry sense of belonging confusion awe wonder guilt melancholia pride

Ecological emotions: questions for discussion

There are a lot of different emotions and feelings in relation to ecological issues. It would be highly important that people could recognize their emotions and encounter them constructively. It can be very helpful and relieving if there are opportunities to discuss these emotions in groups. The following set of questions are meant to help facilitators to lead group discussions about some of the important ecological emotions / feelings / moods. These questions have been formulated by interdisciplinary environmental researcher Panu Pihkala, Ph.D., who has used them in sessions related to eco-anxiety and ecological emotions in Finland. (Version 10.11.2020) Anxiety - What does anxiety feel like? What are the physical sensations? - Topic: Different forms of anxiety. What kind of major variations of anxiety are there? (feeling of uncertainty and/or tension; anxiety states; existential anxiety; practical or adaptive anxiety etc.) - How is anxiety different than fear? - What kind of variou