Climate Psychology Conversation

interactive meeting - one afternoon

€ 0,-


one afternoon 13:30 - 17:30

RINO amsterdam | Leidseplein 5 | Amsterdam

Several years ago the Climate Psychology Alliance was created to deepen our understanding of the psychological and cultural factors inhibiting effective responses to the worsening crises of climate change and ecological destruction. Drawing on insights from therapists from a variety of modalities the CPA explores the powerful feelings such as guilt, despair and catastrophic anxiety provoked by these crises. It also examines our defences against these feelings and the way these undermine or support our capacity to respond effectively.

From its origins in the south west of England the CPA now has members throughout England and Wales and formal groups in North America and Scotland. It runs workshops on climate communication, provides support to activists and scientists and engages in research and publication. The CPA’s first book Climate Psychology: On Indifference to Disaster is about to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.


  • Emotional response to climate change
  • The work of Climate Psychology Alliance
  • What is expected of therapists / psychology professionals in the Netherlands, what can they do?
  • Announcement of the Book Climate Psychology: On Indifference to Disaster


Paul Hoggett is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and emeritus professor of Social Policy at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

The other speaker is Rembrandt Zegers who is a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance and doing research in the area of human’s relation to nature and works as consultant for social innovation and change.

The Netherlands

The experiences in the Netherlands and the therapeutic landscape and way therapy is organised and accessible in the Netherlands is very different compared to the UK. School children have also organised climate marches in the Netherlands and even talked to the Dutch prime minister. There are many NGO’s working in the Netherlands that raise awareness. One of them Urgenda has made it to the global press by making successful court cases against the state for not protecting its citizens. This model is now applied by many others around the globe. Dutch event organizers have also put the topic on the agenda recently on several occasions. In Dutch politics climate is now a permanent point on the agenda, creating controversy around the bill on adequate measures. Forum voor Democratie, the winner of the latest regional elections has voiced the wish of a large part of the Dutch population. One could read this outcome as a large group of Dutch voters stating: please do not involve us in climate change.


This meeting is open to therapists working in the Netherlands.

Language will be English.


13.30 Room open
14.00 Start of the meeting, Welcome
14.15 Introduction by the speakers
14.30 Invitation to think about the topic in smaller groups
15.15 Break
15.30 Conversation in plenary
16.30 Closure
16.45 Informal follow up for those interested
17.30 Room closes

During the meeting references to books and material will be available.


The link to the book Climate Psychology

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Paul Hoggett is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of West England, UK. Paul is the co-founder of the Climate Psychology Alliance, is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and has worked as a group relations consultant over many years.

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Rembrandt Zegers doet sinds 2013 onderzoek naar leiderschap en de relatie met de natuur. Hij is als associate verbonden aan de University of the West of England Bristol, en werkt samen met onderzoekers en therapeuten op het gebied van eco-psychologie.

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