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May Day and the Beginning of Summer

May 1st, “May Day” is a world-wide holiday celebrating events in history and culture. It is a marker of the seasons, and a touchstone for many political traditions including the International labor movement, the old Soviet Union, and Cold War-era US patriotic observances. In the context of your personal health and sustainability, the beginning of May [...]

By | May 19th, 2017|Health, Personal Sustainability|0 Comments

Questioning the NY Times Climate Change Coverage Decision

The decision by the New York Times to hire a well-known "climate denier" to its editorial staff is troubling. I understand the desire to understand how different people think and to illustrate different views.* But, with climate change there are certain rules. My view, and I think many other educated people agree, is that it [...]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Climate Change, Environmental Identity, Media|0 Comments

Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance | Climate for Health

Source: Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance "Any of the interlinked problems within climate change—poverty, inequality, loss of treasured places, species extinction, threats to our well-being or livelihood—can hook us emotionally and intellectually.These issues lead to feelings of curiosity and insight, as well as fatigue and despair. Clinicians can help individuals [...]

Can Artificial Intelligence have Ecological Intelligence?

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) held a unique gathering at Stanford University in March 2017: “AI for Social Good.” Organizers were seeking to explore real-world applications of artificial intelligence for issues like urban planning, health care, social justice, sustainability, and national security. They sought to “bring together AI researchers and researchers/practitioners/experts/policy makers [...]

By | April 26th, 2017|Climate Change, Ecopsychology, Media|0 Comments

Feeling helpless about the future of the planet? Now there’s a 9-step program for that | Fusion

Imagine Alcoholics Anonymous mixed with an environmental humanities course and you’ll begin to get a sense of the ”good grief” group started by Schmidt. Its goal is to help people cope with what’s been called “climate grief”— anxiety, sadness, depression, and other emotions provoked by awareness of the planet’s march toward a hotter, less biologically [...]

8-Week Men’s Adulthood Group Starts April 2017

What does adulthood mean for men in 2017? And what does science say makes a happy adulthood? Is there an optimum way to communicate your emotions in relationships? How can you make the most of the victories and losses in your past, and set positive goals for the future? How can you connect with nature [...]

Teaching and Learning Mindfulness Meditation

If we can call on an ability to remain present, this increases our options. We can be more resourceful. We can act rather than react.  You practice mindfulness so that this state becomes more common in your life.   Mindfulness, as in “mindfulness meditation,” has been defined simply as “paying attention, on purpose, in the [...]

An Office that Improves Your Mental Health

"Ideally your office should have a clean, living, generative sense—one that fosters a renewed sense of physical vitality, alertness and creativity for your clients and yourself..."   At the 2013 American Psychological Association (APA) Meeting, I provided a therapist's perspective at presentation "Design of the Psychotherapist's Office – Lessons from Research and Experience." During [...]

Two Ways to Cope When You Feel Bad about Environmental Issues

There are two basic coping strategies that people use to deal with the emotional impacts of environmental issues. It’s helpful to be aware of these, and to know your habitual style. It’s even better to learn how to be flexible and use both strategies to support yourself. Note: I'll be doing a series of posts in [...]

Contacting your elected officials? INSERT YOUR DREAM HERE

The story goes that during Reverend Martin Luther King’s famous speech at the March at Washington on August 28, 1963, the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson shouted to Rev. King, “Tell them about the dream, Martin!” at which point King set aside his prepared notes to improvise the famous, “I have a dream…” section of his speech. [...]