Climate Change Call for Action
“The New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists stand with other professional organisations to support the governments Zero Carbon bill and the commission to monitor and set standards of greenhouse gases. We ask that the government announce a Climate Crisis and shorten the goal for Zero Carbon to 10 years.” says Lynne Holdem, of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists.
and necessity of lowering carbon emissions is vital for the
stabilisation of weather patterns and to sustain life on our
planet. As reported by the recent United Nations, the world
has approximately 12 years to limit the warming of the
planet to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
After this the environmental damage will be catastrophic.
“Often people are faced with overwhelming feelings when it comes to climate change, which, if left unchecked can lead to denial, inaction, and eventually despair at ever being able to change the situation. However, becoming politically active, joining an environmental organisation, making lifestyle changes are within the reach of everyone” said Holdem.
“As Psychotherapists, we are familiar with the
negative effects of denial and overwhelm which are often
seen in clinical situations. However, facing the truth will
enable us to mobilise our anxiety in a positive way to
produce change. The necessary ingredient for this to happen
is being able to become aware of what is happening and talk
with others about what we understand and feel. When we find
connection together, we receive energy from each other. This
can engage our will and create the political, social and
personal change that a crisis requires” said
“It’s good for our mental health as well as the environment to face reality and take action” she added.