A New Climate for Psychology

(Extract from The Psychology Society of Ireland Website)

Special Interest Group for Addressing Climate and Environmental Emergency (Conference),15 September 2023 from 10am to 4pm

This Conference is a one-day event which will take place on 15 September 2023 (10 am-4 pm) in Pearse Street Library in Dublin 2. This conference is being run by the Special Interest Group for Addressing Climate and Environmental Emergency (SIG ACEE). Six prominent speakers will speak on the day, as listed below. The primary goal of the SIG ACEE is to benefit the public by helping to raise awareness of climate change and the environmental emergency and how psychology can help us understand and resolve these issues. We seek to be outward facing and engaged; to educate and inform, facilitate behavioural change at various levels in society and promote a sustainability agenda in any services being delivered by psychologists. We seek to communicate and influence key stakeholders in Ireland and overseas. This will involve creating a platform for dialogue across a wide section of society. It is this spirit that this conference is designed for the general public. 

Six Prominent Speakers

John Gibbons John Gibbons is an environmental journalist and commentator, who has been writing and speaking about environment and clclimate-relatedssues for many years. John is a weekly environmental columnist with ‘The Last Word with Matt Cooper’ and is a regular guest columnist with the Business Post while continuing as an occasional Irish Times contributor and many other publications, television, and radio shows. Sadhbh O’Neil Sadhbh is a Climate activist, politician, currently an Assistant Professor at DCU School of Law and Government in climate change policy and politics, a commentator and contributor to media on all things climate and environment. Sadhbh is the campaign coordinator for Climate Case Ireland which successfully challenged the Irish government’s climate plan in the Supreme Court and is currently the co-ordinator for the Stop Climate Chaos coalition. Caroline Hickman Caroline is a lecturer at the University of Bath in social work and climate psychology, a practicing ‘climate-aware ’psychotherapist, and a researcher focused on eco anxiety and distress about the climate and ecological crisis in children and young people globally. Caroline was a lead author on a recent paper exploring climate anxiety in 10,000 young people across 10 different countries published in the Lancet which helped bring the issue of eco anxiety to prominence. Dr Aaron Thiery Is a Earth Systems Scientist, and a post graduate researcher at the university of Cardiff. He received his PhD in the field of ecological science and has since become a prominent climate activist being one of the founding members of Scientists for Extinction Rebellion in the UK. He has started a new PhD examining the interplay between reason and emotion in the communication strategies of organizations in the climate emergency movement. Dr Clare Kelly Clare is an Associate Professor, Psychology, Associate Professor, Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN) and Associate Professor, Psychiatry in Trinity College Dublin. She has led initiatives on sustainability in TCD and was recently awarded a Sustainability Leadership Award and the School of Psychology’s Teaching Award for her longstanding commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and her incredible course the psychology of the climate crisis. Her most recent publication explored the application of a doughnut economic framework to academic and scientific settings. Lisa Fingleton Lisa is an artist, filmmaker, writer, and grower, who has spent over twenty years cultivating deep-rooted connections between art, food and farming. The artist recently published her book The Local Food Project which explores the power of growing and eating local food in the context of climate change and biodiversity loss. Lisa has an MA in documentary film (Goldsmiths College, London) and a degree in Fine Art (NCAD). She has been the Kerry Council Visual Artist in Residence and Filmmaker in Residence. Duncan Stewart Duncan Stewart is an Irish architect and environmentalist known for his environmental activism and work on RTÉ, most notably in the show Eco Eye since 2002. Duncan has been a consistent and highly trusted voice in raising awareness of environmental issues for decades.



Conference Timetable

10.15 Compere: Duncan Stewart 10.25 Introduction: Odhran McCarthy 10.40 Climate Bio Expert: John Gibbons 11.10 COFFEE BREAK 11.40 Psychology of Climate – International expert: Caroline Hickman 12.15 Keynote: Sadbh O’Neill 12.50 LUNCH 13.35 Psychology of Climate – International expert: Aaron Thierry (online only) 14.10 Psychology of Climate (SIG): Clare Kelly 14.40 COMFORT BREAK 14.50 Arts and Literature Speaker: Lisa Fingleton 15.25 Panel Discussion: Eoin Galavan (PSI member) 15.50 Closing: Duncan Stewart

This event is being run by the Special Interest Group for Addressing Climate and Environmental Emergency
Event Format: in person