Turn the Tide on Climate Anxiety: Sustainable Action for Your Mental Health and the Planet

Author(s) : Megan Kennedy-Woodard, Author(s) : Patrick Kennedy-Williams

Turn the Tide on Climate Anxiety: Sustainable Action for Your Mental Health and the Planet

Book Details

  • Publisher : Jessica Kingsley
  • Published : January 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 208
  • Category :
    Clinical Psychology
  • Category 2 :
    Environmental Studies
  • Catalogue No : 96216
  • ISBN 13 : 9781839970672
  • ISBN 10 : 9781839970
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It's hard to watch the news, scroll through social media, or listen to the radio without hearing or seeing something disturbing about the climate emergency. This can trigger all sorts of emotions: worry, anger, sadness, guilt, and even grief but also often over-looked positive emotions like motivation, connection, care, and abundance that support mental health and climate action for sustainable longevity.

Written by psychologists with extensive experience in treating people with eco-anxiety, this book shows you how to harness these emotions, validate them, and transform them into positive action. It enables you to assess and understand your psychological responses to the climate crisis and move away from unhealthy defence mechanisms, such as denial and avoidance.

Ultimately, it shows that the solution to both climate anxiety and the climate crisis is the same - action that is sustainable for you and for the planet - and empowers you to take steps towards this.

Reviews and Endorsements

"When it comes to climate action, the obstacles we face are no longer technological, they are primarily political and psychological in nature. Read Turn the Tide on Climate Anxiety and better understand those obstacles-doom, denial, and defeatism" - and how to circumnavigate them" - Michael Mann, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University and author of The New Climate War

"Are you losing sleep worrying over the Climate Crisis? I am. Do you feel powerless when confronted by such a huge global issue? I do. Is Climate Change starting to affect your mental health? If so, panic not, help is at hand with the brilliant book Turn the Tide on Climate Anxiety which acknowledges that climate anxiety is a real issue, empowers the reader to handle this anxiety and to use to it to make meaningful changes to the world around us" - Professor Mark Maslin, climate scientist and author of How To Save Our Planet: The Facts

"The science is in, the reality is here and the noble challenge of the climate movement now is to help fellow humanity embrace their eco-anxiety and transform it into action...and build a more vibrant, productive and humane 'normal'. Turn the Tide takes us on the journey to this wild and hopeful alchemy" - Sarah Wilson, journalist and New York Times bestselling author of This One Wild and Precious Life

"Turn the Tide on Climate Anxiety is a very interesting and empowering book that has given me new methods for handling and understanding climate anxiety in a comprehensive way - Nathan Grossman, Documentary filmmaker, director of I am Greta

"We all have a role to play in addressing climate change. This volume, both highly informed and highly readable, helps to understand the complex and sometimes uncomfortable emotions that accompany that role. Climate anxiety can be an opportunity that prompts us to strengthen our relationship with the earth" - Susan Clayton, Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies at the College of Wooster

"Turn the Tide on Climate Anxiety is an important book for an important audience. If you are aware of climate change, aware of what you need to do to address the issue but need a little help with the how, then start here. Galvanise yourself, look after yourself and turn anxiety into action" - Joe Duggan, science communicator, founder and coordinator of Is This How You Feel?

"As more and more people become aware of the reach of climate change, the need for attuned and evidenced support increases. Kennedy-Woodward and Kennedy-Williams perfectly timed, and much needed book offers a clear and accessible text to help readers understand the range of emotional responses, refrain from pathologising these in anyway and find ways to move from anxiety to action. Sadly, this book is likely to become more and more important as time goes on" - Professor Martin Milton, Chair of Division of Counselling Psychology Climate and Environmental Crisis workstream (British Psychological Society), author of The Personal is Political: Stories of Difference and Psychotherapy

About the Author(s)

Megan Kennedy-Woodard and Dr Patrick Kennedy-Williams are founders of Climate Psychologists, which provides individual therapeutic support and wider consultation regarding the mental health implications of climate change. They have done press work with The Guardian, Time Magazine, Vogue Business, ITV, BBC Radio 4, and The Times. They also teach Guardian Masterclasses. Patrick is a clinical psychologist and enjoys getting out into nature, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (sometimes), Italian food and cycling. Megan is a coaching psychologist who loves the mountains and the sea, could eat Mexican food for every meal and believes there is no such thing as 'too many pets'. Megan and Patrick live in Oxford with their two wild and wonderful children.

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