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From Trauma to Action (#9)

Some say people don’t care enough about climate change. Research psychologist Renee Lertzman says the opposite: people do care but they are anxious and even traumatized in the face of the climate crisis, and so they turn away. Lertzman says that dealing honestly and collectively with these strong feelings can mobilize people into creative, meaningful action for the long term.

It’s about being compassionate truth-tellers. It’s not about whether to talk about what’s going on, it’s about doing it in a compassionate and emotionally intelligent way. – Dr. Renee Lertzman

Julie Hantman

Julie Hantman
Danny Griffin

Renee Lertzman, PhD

Project InsideOut. A forthcoming resource hub connecting activists and clinical psychologists.
Project InsideOut Summit. This Oct 7-8 summit for individuals and organizations provided tools and resources for staying engaged, awake and capable of driving behavior change.
Why Facing our Feelings is Essential for Tackling our Climate Crisis (
Good Grief Network
Kristin Barker and One Earth Sangha

“From Trauma to Action” aired live on August 28th, 2020 as the 9th episode of Climate Seasons, Julie Hantman’s quarterly radio series on Takoma Radio WOWD 94.3 FM (Takoma Park, MD) with live-streaming at

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