“Climate Sessions” Podcast

We are in the early planning phase of "Climate Sessions,” a podcast about how climate impacts mental health, and how we cope with climate chaos.

  • Structure: Similar to the popular "Motherhood Sessions". In each episode, a therapist trained/experienced in eco-therapy and climate-psych. issues conducts a "session" with a different "client" from various walks of life. The focus is always on the emotional/coping aspect of climate.

  • Examples of possible interviewees: The goal is to have a diverse range of people / viewpoints (including participants from marginalized groups, or those underrepresented in the climate discourse), and maybe a few well-known people, too:

    • Climate activist

    • A father/mother concerned about their kids' future

    • A couple with a disagreement/differences in viewpoint about how to act in the face of climate change (e.g., one person wants to change lifestyle, career path, etc.)

    • A young adult wrestling with whether to have children out of concern for their future

    • A teenager involved in Climate Strikes

    • A Native American/Alaskan Native facing the loss of their land due to coastal erosion

    • Someone worried about their consumption habits / climate footprint

    • Climate scientist who's been in it for decades

    • Young climate scientist just entering the field

    • A couple struggling with relationship challenges related to climate activism or family choices.

    • Celebrities? Greta Thunberg?

  • Themes: Each episode focuses on one particular aspect of climate psychology, e.g.:

    • Eco-anxiety

    • Climate depression

    • Ecological grief

    • Solastalgia

    • Burnout

    • Denial

    • Guilt

    • etc.

  • Interviewees - Should be trained and experienced in climate therapy. Consider a rotating set of therapists, e.g., 4, depending on availability and geographic location

  • Frequency - Should be regular, but depends on how many people are involved.

    • Consider a season as 10 episodes, over 5 months?

  • Funding

    • Can probably done cheap - rented microphone; free editing software; volunteer artwork and music, on a voluntary basis…

    • Or sponsored/funded?

    • Commercial, ala “Motherhood Sessions” on Gimlet Media

    • Non-profit, ala “No Place LIke Home” through Sierra Club

    • Grant - Get a climate-communication/education related grant

  • Next steps

    • Check in with:

      • Alexandra Sacks (Motherhood Sessions), and Gimlet Media

      • Mary Anne Hitt and Anna Jane Joyner (No Place Like Home podcast)

    • Assess interest within climate psychology community

    • Identify ~4 potential interviewers who have experience in climate therapy

    • Figure out if there’s any way to get a grant for this kind of project

    • Investigate grant opportunities

    • Address confidentiality issues

    • Address clinical issues, e.g.

      • Wavier for interviewees: “This does not constitute mental health treatment”

      • Warning within podcast: “This is not a substitute for mental health treatment.”