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Beth's Heart for climate action fundraiser

Supporting Psychology for a Safe Climate

Psychology for a Safe Climate

HEART for climate action

Psychology for a Safe Climate has been a volunteer-based and run organisation for the last ten years, and it really is incredible what they've contributed in that time to the broader conversation in Australia about climate crisis, eco-anxiety, climate grief and the need for a deeper engagement with climate change.

Now in 2020, the demand for PSC's work has outstripped the volunteer committee's ability to keep up! PSC needs to move toward hiring some paid staff so that they can continue to the offer the quality programs for activists and climate workers and to respond to the growing requests from psychologists and community members for additional support. PSC needs more funding to make that happen. So please support PSC's work by donating to my CrowdRaiser and signing up for the HEART for climate action 10 days of creative care, I appreciate every cent received toward this organisation I care so much about.

I will, of course, be participating in the ten-day creative process myself, (and have been involved in designing it) and hope it will really be supportive for anyone who is looking to engage more deeply with their feelings about the climate crisis and to find that deeper motivation needed to take action. The ten days are filled with invitations for creative exploration as well as supportive self-care practices that will invite you into deeper connection with yourself, others and nature.

I am raising funds for Psychology for a Safe Climate because I am inspired by their work. The difference they have made to so many people in the climate movement already is extraordinary and I know that as things get worse there are so many others that would benefit from their work - especially other psychologists and the wider community who are beginning to grapple with the very real impacts of climate change such as the devastating bushfires over the last Summer. 

Also, I would be very grateful for you to share the link to HEART for climate action with your friends and family. The more people who engage with climate change the better!

My story with PSC

I first encountered Psychology for a Safe Climate (PSC) in 2013 when I was working on my PhD that explored the psychological dimensions of climate change and I came across an article written by one of their members. I was immediately inspired by the vital work they were doing at that time to highlight the importance of emotions and psychology of individuals and our society was responding (or more to the point, not responding!) to climate change.

For me, the key to creating the deeper shift we need to see toward a life-sustaining culture and a genuine movement for climate justice requires deep personal work and reflection as well as concrete political action. I believe these two facets support each other and it was exciting to encounter an organisation that was working on both of these fronts who were also based in Australia.

In 2015 I gave a small presentation at their conference and met lots of other engaged psychologists, activists and thinkers who wanted to explore the deeper terrain of the climate crisis conundrum. So it was only natural that when I moved to Melbourne in 2018 I sought out PSC to find out what they were doing and with the hope of getting more involved. In July of 2018, I joined the committee as a volunteer and began to help with facilitating the workshops that they run for climate activists.

For me, the workshops we run is one of the most inspiring aspects of what PSC has grown to do in recent years. PSC works with activists and those working in the climate field as researchers, policymakers, and local council members to support them with the grief, burnout and anxiety that can accompany working on climate change in a daily way. Certainly, my experience of writing and researching on climate change for four years during my PhD illuminated the critical importance of self-care, self-compassion and supportive community as an integral part of how we truly look this crisis in the eye and find ways to take effective action. Right now these more cultural and psychological aspects of climate change action are not widely understood or invested in by the government and environmental NGOs even though they will be critical for the transformation our society needs to undergo to adequately respond to the issue. So please, if there's one thing you do for climate change action today, make a donation to PSC!


Help to reach the goal of $5,000

$4,083 raised

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Ends on 30/09/2020 at 11:59 PM

Donations Received

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Incredibly important work in this difficult century, thank you
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An excellent organisation doing much needed work. Go Beth :-)
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Thank you for all the work you do Beth!
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I'm touched by your motivation and directed action Beth. I hope you exceed your target.
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wonderful work Beth, keep it up! xo

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