Structured conversation: Responding to climate distress
It is dizzying to allow the suspicion that there is no human authority capable of reining in the growing climate tragedy. In fact, everybody’s response is some form of denial – perhaps, naturally, out of grief. If we suspect it’s better to step into it and go there before much more time passes, we could use sufficient safety and empathetic togetherness to avoid conforming to a code of silence, and to allow space for a clear look into possible despair and confusion.
To some extent, this may be like looking at your shadow; but it’s also a quest for underutilized values that we can latch onto. Guided by recent climate psychology and a recognition that we’re all, in our own ways, on the denial spectrum, we can hold a structured conversation that may help you more effectively engage in future interactions with loved ones, co-workers, authorities, those with whom we disagree, and all those who are themselves are held back from truth-telling and -receiving by the distress of it all.
Schedule a conversation and see what there is to discover to better prepare for the future that’s right around the corner. You can gain a new creativity about what to focus your attention on in the midst of this accelerating slide in the direction of the unknown. Via phone or Zoom; no fee for first conversation.
Right now, I’m especially informed by the 2021 book Deep Adaptation, by Jem Bendell and Rupert Read. Alternatively, advise me if you’re interested in joining a reading group on this topic.