Climate Emotions

‘Insomnia’ by Bridget McKenzie, 2019

This is an invitation to help us with our formative research into Climate Emotions and Coping Strategies.

A key aim of our activities is to enable people and teams to have conversations about the Climate & Ecological Emergency, and to develop better strategies for themselves and organisations. We don’t aim to convert people to a particular point of view or solution, but to express feelings, discover new insights and connect with others through conversation.

Our hypothesis, in our Story of Change, is that our creative object-centred approach is more effective at opening up conversations and helping people find strategies for coping and action than more instructional, promotional or ‘one-to-many’ methods. For professionals, we want them to feel that they have the tools they need to respond to the Emergency in the ways that suit their work/organisation, and to have knowledge and motivation to engage with their public in accessible and meaningful ways. For public groups, we want them to feel able to explore difficult issues, to be better informed and to be more motivated to take action. We’ll be looking to capture data from all our activities on how people feel, what or how they think, and what they intend to do.

We think that people are better able to cope and take effective action if they develop ‘prefigurative strategies’ – building up from emotion-based, meaning-based and problem-based strategies to become fully engaged in stopping environmental harm while also changing the harmful system through imagining and constructing new ways to live.

We are at a formative evaluation stage now, designing activities and finding out what people feel, think and do about the Emergency. To help with this, we’re inviting anyone to help us by taking part in this short online survey on Climate Emotions and coping strategies. This will provide insights so that we can design our activities to be more effective.

Please do share the survey link or this blogpost so that we can reach a large sample of people. We’re most keen to reach people in the UK as this is where our audience is, but we’re interested to find out if emotions and coping strategies differ in different countries.

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