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Apr. 11th, 2009 | 03:47 pm
posted by: lupagreenwolf in ecopsychology

Psychology for a Sustainable Future: Emotions, Ethics and Actions in an Era of Climate Change

An interactive conference exploring the roles of psychologists and mental health professionals in the movement toward a sustainable future

Each day, stories in the media remind us of the impacts of climate change and peak oil. People are struggling with economic difficulties, the emotional impact of ecological degeneration, and questions about how to respond to problems that seem abstract, devastating and overwhelming.

In 2007, the Psychology-Ecology-Sustainability conference opened our investigation of the relationship between psychology and the environment, exploring a number of important questions. This year, our conference will deepen our initial investigation by focusing on three topics:

* Ethics,
* Behavioral Change, and
* Emotion.

Psychology for a Sustainable Future: Emotions, Ethics and Actions in an Era of Climate Change, will be held June 19-21, 2009, on the Lewis & Clark campus in Portland, Oregon. Continuing Education credits for mental health professionals will be available for all sessions.

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Flowing Thought

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from: flowing_thought
date: Apr. 11th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
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Wish I could attend this... I'm one of those people who tries to live with intention and consciously make every choice in a sustainable way wherever possible... almost to the point of wearing myself out, feeling guilty when the choice I make is a good choice but perhaps not the best choice, or feeling regret over the even the tiniest, simplest things such as forgetting to ask the waitress not to put a plastic straw in my drink when I order it.

I am pleased to see that there are conferences like this, studies like this... that people are thinking about the emotional and psychological burnout that environmentalists have to watch for and try to avoid. Fascinating stuff, though I wish I were seeing it from the useful side instead of how I currently feel, which is as if I'm flirting with that very sort of burnout. Any recommendations?

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