“Climate change is a psychological crisis, whatever else it is.”
– Poulsen, 2018 –
Psychologists / Psychotherapists for Future (Psy4F) is an association of psychologists and psychotherapists who contribute their psychological and therapeutic expertise to meeting the challenges that are posed by the climate crisis in addition to be able to establish a sustainable future.
This includes creating awareness of the climate crisis, facilitating emotional coping strategies and constructive action when dealing with the climate crisis, and supporting climate activists (individuals and groups).
Psychologists for Future - Our Mission
The climate crisis is man-made. It requires changes in our behavior and communal life. These changes call for a resolute course of action on a socio-political level, both to prevent further consequences of the climate crisis and to adapt in due time. In view of our professional ethics as psychologists and psychotherapists, we feel the urge to actively support the processes of these changes. See our complete statement.
Why Psychologists/Psychotherapists for Future
The existential threat to our natural environment caused by climate change and environmental crisis affects all of us. First consequences are noticable all over the planet. Justly, the initiators of the Fridays-for-Future-Movement talk about the most important crisis of mankind.
They are supported by a broad alliance of scientists. Their research proves not only the impact of human behavior on climate change but also provides potential solutions.
But we need to act now and new political and social priorities are required to be successful.
We as professional psychologists and psychotherapists feel responsible to bring in our expertise to manage these major challenges.
For many years various international psychological and medical authorities have researched the connections between climate change and psychology/psychotherapy. This includes topics like dealing with defense mechanisms like psychological denial, motivating people towards behavioral change or dealing with psychological stress and disorders.
The Position Statement, that we have published on 2019/05/21 on psychologistsforfuture.org is the result of a working group of psychologists and psychotherapists from different branches. It has been signed by more than 100 professionals until the date of publication.