This episode examines the modern worldview in terms of its understanding of unlimited growth, and how this set the context for World War II and the Great Acceleration. Throughout there is a focus on the theme of mobilization: different ways to understand mobilization, and how to apply the precedent of WWII mobilization to our own times. In discussing this, some of the psychology incurred relative to our world in crisis, climate change, and mobilizing to meet these challenges is explored.


As mentioned in the previous episode, Margaret Klein Salomon is a clinical psychologist who develops the “climate mobilization” movement in response to our climate crisis. (

Joanna Macy is one of the groundbreaking psychologists of climate change, described as the “psychologist of climate change par excellence” in this episode (

One person she worked with was Arne Naess (1912-2009), who coined the term “deep ecology”. What is perhaps not so well known is the strong psychological underpinnings of deep ecology, which are worth considering: the notion that a good ecological relationship to the earth is inseparable from a richer, more vital sense of self, whereas an impoverished, damaged relationship correlates to an impoverished experience of self.

A couple further contemporary psychologists of climate change:

Renee Lertzmann

Susanne Moser

Jem Bendell is not a psychologist, but his provocative and influential “Deep Adaptation” proposal (which has become a small movement) is heavily psychological in its response to climate change

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