What will I do with the knowledge that climate change threatens civilization? 

This is the question of our age. It is a question for our species, and for each of us individually. Variants of this question of questions include: How do I integrate this terrifying knowledge into my everyday life and my plans for the future? How do I reach out to other people and change their minds? How can I get political about this issue? What impact can I possibly have?  Is this really my responsibility?  Can’t I just be neutral? Is there any hope? Where do I go from here? What now?

I wrote Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth (2020)for people struggling with the pain of the climate emergency, and looking for ways to engage in humanity-protecting action. Its a self-help guide for all who are struggling with the pain of the climate emergency , and helps them turn their pain into effective action. My goal is to help you become the most effective warrior for humanity and the living world that you can be!

Ideas for Action:

  • Consider joining or supporting  The Climate Mobilization. This is a social movement strategy that is built on the analysis that I conduct on this blog. It is, hopefully, a social organizing platform that can cut through the fog of denial and willful ignorance by leveraging existing relationships and prompting people to make a public, political commitment to dramatic action.
  • Educate yourself. The more you learn about climate change and the myriad related topics (i.e., clean energy, politics, social movements, agriculture), the more effectively you can tackle the question of what to do, individually. You will also become a more effective advocate.
  • Create (or join) a Climate Change Reading Group. I am in a weekly group that reads books about climate change and related topics. It is empowering to continually increase my level of knowledge about climate change, and inspiring to speak frankly and openly with friends about this difficult issue. I will be discussing and reviewing books on this blog, and will make recommendations for book groups that don’t know where to start

5 thoughts on “You”

  1. Perhaps leadership from the rest of the world will help the USA grapple with our collective denial.
    What are your COP21 expectations?
    Are you familiar with Kari Norgaard? Panel speaker at Climate One “Climate Cognition”. Is this relevant for you? I found it the most useful podcast I have heard. In fact, it led me to discover you.

  2. I’m a retired physician-psychotherapist, mainly Gestalt, Family Systems, and NLP. Mainly I did anger management for 25 years. Wanting to “retire,” I switched to do my PhD, studying laziness, fearfulness and self-righteousness (all subsumed under an ancient term acedia), and turned the dissertation into my second book Acedia, The Darkness Within, and the darkness of climate change (my first book was Blowing Out the Darkness: The Management of Emotional Life Issues, Especially Anger and Rage). If you would like, I can send you an electronic copy of Acedia.
    During and since then, I have been working through my existential angst, and now want take my skill set out into the world to help transform the culture. I’m currently doing workshops on Blowing Out The Darkness and The Bottom Line: The Management of Burnout. check out my website and blog
    I totally agree with the need for emergency mobilization — the risks of positive feedback loops are far too great — and disastrous if they occur.
    So, what can we do to network? meet? (not geographically likely) Skype? (very possible) Email (

  3. Jill Kaufman referred me to you. I’m interested in being involved but can’t figure out how to connect with you for a conversation. I founded the first nat’l Jewish enviro org in 1988 and speak and teach on Religion/Bible and ecology/environment. I have 30 hours a week to give. Please email me.
    Ellen B.

  4. Hi Margaret!

    I would love to discuss with you my idea for taking action on the climate issue. I am trying to decide between two graduate school programs, one is Wilderness Therapy which is a clinical psych degree and the other is Ecopsychology which is not clinical but it focuses directly on the human-nature relationship. I am feeling torn between the two and would love your perspective as a psychologist on which path you think would help me to best serve our planet and our species. I really hope we get to connect soon, I need to make my decision in 2 days!

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