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Climate Psychology Summit – call for contributions

I’m involved in organising the Climate Psychology Summit on Sat 20 Nov 2021 – a free online interdisciplinary exploration of key topics in climate psychology:  Threat responses such as denial, emotional avoidance and wishful thinking – why they emerge, how they … Continue reading

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The Long Return: an essay on belonging

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This is an essay about belonging. It is also about connection, identity and shame. A version of this will appear in a new book Birds can Fly by my old school friend, the artist Paul Harfleet. What is it about … Continue reading

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Climate resilient communities – key design features

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As part of my job as a social researcher at the Scottish Government, I was asked to give a scene-setting presentation on for Architecture & Design Scotland’s public sector client forum: Designing for a Changing Climate: Climate, Health & Place. … Continue reading

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nature awareness – audio recordings

I’ve been recording mindful observations of nature in various places around Scotland – I hope you find them interesting/inspiring/relaxing. This first one was broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland ‘Sunday Morning With’ programme on Easter Sunday  – the introduction went as … Continue reading

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“Fighting” climate change: an analysis of a metaphor and its problematic entailments

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This article builds upon my previous post which was written in response to an article by the environmentalist Bill McKibben in 2016. In an upcoming post I will draw on these ideas to explain why I think the prevalence of the … Continue reading

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Climate psychology & role of emotions

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Here’s a presentation I gave at the Climate Emergency – Raising Ambition conference, in London on 14th Sept 2019, ending the talk with a short guided meditation. The event was organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of … Continue reading

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A model of climate justice as a self-regulating system

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Two years ago I developed a model for a job interview that represented climate justice as a self-regulating system. I was asked to present on the topic of “Achieving climate justice: what are the biggest challenges and how can they be … Continue reading

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Without Growth or Progress: adapting our culture to the new climate reality

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Sat 7th Sept, 12.45  – 4pm @ University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy Centre We must do all that we can to limit our descent towards climate breakdown and ecological disaster. But we can no longer deny that this is now our direction … Continue reading

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Deep Adaptation Dialogue – Sat 15th June 1-4.30pm, Edinburgh

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DATE: Sat 15th June, 1 – 4.30pm VENUE: Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace EH1 2JL As more of us consider the possibility of societal collapse due to climate and ecological crisis, there is growing desire to gather and … Continue reading

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Mindfulness & nature connection in Edinburgh

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I’ve started running  monthly 2-hr mindfulness & nature connection sessions in Edinburgh through the Edinburgh Nature meetup group which I now co-organise. The purpose of these sessions is to cultivate our ability to notice what is happening in our inner-outer worlds, … Continue reading

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