Ψυχολόγοι που συμμετείχαν στο International Summit on Psychology and Global Health στην Λισσαβόνα ομόφωνα αποφάσισαν να κάνουν ότι είναι εφικτό για να ενθαρρύνουν συμπεριφορές που βοηθούν στην επίγνωση για την κλιματική αλλαγή.
Εδώ η κοινή τους ανακοίνωση (αγγλικά).
“We, representatives of national and international psychological organizations in attendance at the Lisbon Inaugural International Summit on Psychology’s Contributions to Global Health, are committed to ongoing collaboration in the application of psychological science to jointly advance progress on critical global issues, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Our commitment of professional, scientific, educational, cultural, and applied resources will be directed to advancing those issues and Goals for which psychology offers the greatest contribution.
Our initial efforts will be focused on Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Our mutual work on applications of psychological science to climate change will also provide a framework and model for future collaboration focused on proposals to address critical global issues”.
“WHEREAS there is overwhelming agreement among climate scientists that climate crisis poses a serious global threat, is occurring faster than previously anticipated, and is caused in part by human behavior;
WHEREAS the resistance of some individuals worldwide to accept evidence of climate crisis reflects a variety of psychological, social, economic, and political factors, including misunderstanding the relevant science; psychological threats of departing from the consensus view of one’s peer-group; deliberate exposure to misinformation; and concerns about financial losses stemming from addressing climate crisis;
WHEREAS current research and public communication on the impact of climate crisis have often emphasized the major physical damage caused by extreme weather, such as floods, droughts, hurricanes, and wildfires, and insufficiently addressed the increased displacement, migration, and conflict affecting those populations involved;
WHEREAS climate crisis has a disproportionate impact on already vulnerable groups with fewer resources, including low-income individuals or those who live in rural areas, people of color, women, children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities;
WHEREAS research shows that climate change-related events can result in major acute and chronic adverse mental health outcomes, including stress, trauma, and shock; post-traumatic stress disorder and other forms of anxiety; depression; and substance use disorder, which have been a secondary consideration in climate change communication and action;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that our psychology organizations will advocate for and support international and cross-disciplinary collaboration to mitigate and facilitate adaptation to climate crisis.
We will inform our respective members and the public about climate crisis, emphasizing scientific research and consensus on its causes and short- and long-term harms, and the need for immediate personal and societal action;
We will encourage our members and other mental health leaders to be vocal advocates concerning the necessary preparatory and responsive adaptations to climate crisis and to invest more in research and practice is this area;
We will advocate for Universities and other entities could include formation on societal challenges and, particularly, climate crisis for psychologists and other mental health professionals;
We will increase the availability of services and supportive interventions to help minimize harm to mental health and well-being, especially among vulnerable populations, and increase community resilience;
We will advocate for the rights of those most susceptible to the negative health, and mainly, mental health impacts of climate crisis, for example, by encouraging policymakers to fully fund programs to aid those who suffer harm from severe climate crisis-related events;
We will support the development of a public awareness campaign to encourage individuals and communities to adopt behaviors to help prepare for and recover from gradual climate change and acute climate crisis events;
We will encourage governmental, educational, health, and corporate leaders to use more psychological science in police designs as well as to adopt norms, values, and policy to promote sustainable preventive and corrective behaviors in individuals, groups and communities“.
PROCLAMATION ON COLLABORATION SIGNED BY
American Psychological Association, Order of Portuguese Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society, Bahamas Psychological Association, Brazilian Society of Psychology, British Psychological Society, Canadian Psychological Association, Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations, Chinese Psychological Society, Asian Psychological Association, College of Psychologists of Peru, Colombian College of Psychologists, Cuban Society of Health Psychology, Cuban Society of Psychology, European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations, Flemish Association for Clinical Psychologists, German Psychological Society, Guatemala College of Psychologists, International Association of Applied Psychology, International Council of Psychologists, International Union of Psychological Science, Jamaican Psychological Society, Japanese Psychological Association, Jordanian Clinical Psychologists Association, Lebanese Psychological Association, Mexican Psychological Society, National Psychological Association of Ukraine, New Zealand Psychological Society, Nicaraguan Association for the Development of Psychology, Nigerian Psychological Association, Norwegian Psychological Association, Order of Psychologists of Albania, Pan-African Psychology Union, Psychological Association of Namibia, Psychological Society of Kenya, Seoul National University, Spanish Psychological Association, Sri Lanka Psychological Association, Swedish Psychological Association, Uganda Council of Psychologists, Uruguayan Psychological Association and Zanzibar Professional Counselors Association.Source: https://www.psychologyandglobalhealth.org
Και η ανακοίνωση του American Psychological Association.
Psychological Associations From Around the World Meet to Discuss Application of Psychology to Stem Climate Change
LISBON, Portugal — The leaders of psychological associations from more than 40 nations gathered here today for the first International Summit on Psychology and Global Health and signed a proclamation agreeing to apply psychological science to advance progress on combating climate change.
“This is a landmark for psychology around the world as we commit our discipline for the first time to act collectively and individually to use our science to help solve one of the greatest challenges of our era,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, CEO of the American Psychological Association. “Climate change is a problem created largely by human behavior so it is fitting that we apply the science of human behavior to mitigating its impacts.”
“It’s a pleasure to co-host this summit in Lisbon, Portugal, which, in fact, can make a decisive contribution to a better understanding of the human behavior and decision-making factors involved in the climate crisis, as well as the decisive role that psychology and psychologists can play globally and locally,” said Francisco Miranda Rodrigues, president of the Order of Portuguese Psychologists (Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses).
The proclamation commits the 43 signatories to use their professional, scientific, educational, cultural and applied resources “to achieve progress on matters of utmost importance for which psychology offers the greatest contribution.” Their initial efforts will focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take action to combat climate change and its impacts.
The inaugural International Summit on Psychology and Global Health, which runs from Nov. 14-16, was organized and cosponsored by American Psychological Association and the Order of Portuguese Psychologists. In addition to issuing the proclamation, participants planned to release a resolution later in the meeting and to co-create a campaign to achieve the goals set forth in both documents.
Participants also planned to address topics including:
- How to communicate effectively about climate change.
- How to promote environmentally friendly behaviors.
- How to promote adaptation and resilience to climate change.
- Social justice issues related to groups that suffer disproportionate impacts from climate change.
Among the more than 40 psychological associations represented at the summit were Australia, Brazil, China, Peru, Cuba, Jordan, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea and Uganda.
For more information on the summit and a full list of participants, visit the International Summit on Psychology and Global Health webpage.