Psychology for a Safe Climate Monthly Newsletter, June 2021
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In two days the financial year comes to an end, would you consider making a tax-deductible donation to assist us in continuing to develop the depth and scope of our work?

With the deepening of the climate crisis the demand for contributions from PSC continues to grow at an increasing rate.

We understand that the climate crisis arouses deeply disturbing feelings of fear,  powerlessness and grief, which are commonly suppressed, ignored or denied. We support people to respond constructively to this crisis by providing them with the opportunity to acknowledge and explore their emotional responses. Our experience is that this begins the process of strengthening mental health, wellbeing and resilience rather than denying, ignoring or burying upsetting emotions. Emotional connection with climate realities is for many a key to both beginning and maintaining engagement.

Our further vision is that we build an Australian network of climate engaged psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors, who are proactive in advocating and building the emotional awareness, psychosocial support and resilience of individuals, groups and communities. 

We have a clear plan for this project, and your support will enable us to carry it out.
Make a tax deductible donation today!
Our current aim is to make our groundbreaking work more widely available by offering our models and experience to support this development through training and mentorship.

Building and maintaining a network of Climate Aware Practitioners (CAPs) across Australia who can respond to the complex and multifaceted issues related to climate change and mental health is our most ambitious project yet that vastly expands the scope of our work and our impact. It also involves substantial costs and we need your help once more to make this aspiration a reality. With only two days left till the end of the financial year, please support PSC today by making a tax-deductable donation.

Beth and the PSC team

How will your donation help?

If ever there was a time to do the incredibly challenging work of facing our emotional response to the climate reality, with collective love, compassion and courage, it is now.

$120 or $10 monthly, or $2.50 weekly would help with the ongoing costs of running events.

$240 or $20 monthly or $5 weekly would pay for our yearly Zoom account, which allows us to provide online workshops furthering our reach.

$600 or $50 monthly, or $12 weekly would assist with our salary expenses

$1200 or $100 every month, or $24 weekly would ensure the continued employment of our bookkeeper.

$2400 or $200 monthly or $50 weekly would cover our annual insurance to cover our liability as a provider of services to the public.

$30 will provide a free place on a PSC workshop for someone on a low income who could not otherwise participate.

$60 will subsidise 3 student places on a PSC workshop to provide them with support with their distress about climate change.

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     An interesting read
The Federal Court's climate change ruling shows power of young people in holding our leaders to account
  • In a world first, a group of eight young people have successfully argued that the Minister for Environment has a duty to protect young people and future generations from harm by not approving emissions-increasing projects
  • The argument of "negligence" on the part of the court ruling acknowledges the legitimacy of climate change and the impacts of large-scale, emissions-producing developments on a legal basis. The implication for this is that governments can be held accountable for approving projects that create more environmental damage, not ensuring the environmental safety of a project for future generations, and failing to research adequate impacts of the projects they approve.
  • The case is a big deal for the climate movement in part, because it acknowledges a link between the production of emissions from large-scale projects and climate crises like bushfires and other natural disasters. Given this is something that some politicians and journalists have failed to draw a clear link between thus far, this being documented in legal standing could have profound impact for increasing climate accountability of those in power. Read the whole article here.

Research project seeking participants

Are you a psychologist, counsellor, psychotherapist or guidance counsellor who works with clients living with distress about climate change? If so, you are invited to share your experiences with researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast. The purpose of this research is to gain insight into how Australian counselling professionals are experiencing the layers of impacts of climate change, both professionally and personally. For more information click here.

PSC volunteers are based on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation. We acknowledge their elders past, present and future.
PSC acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are Australia’s First Peoples and the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we work.
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