“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:
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.:
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?
Can probably done cheap - rented microphone; free editing software; volunteer artwork and music, on a voluntary basis…
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
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.”