The warnings have been issued, and the message is loud and clear: our individual and collective inaction may lead to unimaginable consequences. However, despite urgent calls for drastic measures, we fail on a personal, political an institutional level to act ambitiously. Climate change isn’t just a political, social and economic issue. It’s also a deeply psychological one.
Environmental psychologist Renee Lertzman seeks to explain why we fail to act on climate change. It’s not just because people don’t care, she argues. Rather, our emotional response to the issue, which for many people is a deep but unprocessed sense of anxiety and loss, can leave us feeling powerless and paralyzed. This arrested state of unprocessed grief over the destruction of the natural world, which she refers to as “environmental melancholia,” blocks us from taking action. In this program we’ll explore with Renee Lertzman, young changeagents and artists why we fail to act on climate change. How to find meaning in these feelings of loss, anxiety and ambivalence, and how to find new ways of engaging ourselves with climate change.
Moderator: Evanna Nowak
Guests: Renee Lertzman, Imre Ploeg, Princess Irene van Lippe-Biesterfeld, Manu Busschots, Pelle Berting