“The New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists stand with other professional organisations to support the government’s 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.
The timing 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 Holdem.
“It’s good for our mental health as well as the environment to face reality and take action” she added.
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