This blog was originally posted on Identity Campaigning.
In our book, Tom and I wrote about how people often use maladaptive coping mechanisms as a means of psychologically warding off the threats posed by environmental challenges.
We suggested (on page 49) that environmental organizations can approach this problematic aspect of identity by developing:
“approaches that help people express the fear, anger, sadness, angst, or sense of threat from environmental challenges that many are probably already experiencing (whether consciously or otherwise)”
“opportunities for people to begin to explore and express the unpleasant feelings they have about environmental challenges.”
With the meeting at Copenhagen over and very little having come of it (from what I’ve read), I just want to take this opportunity to share how I feel, and encourage others to do the same.
I do not feel disappointed, as disappointment suggests I had expectations that were not met; unfortunately, my expectations about what would happen at Copenhagen were met.
I am angry that once again economics trumps the environment.
I feel guilty about my many hypocrisies.
I am sad and afraid about the world my kids and grandchildren will inherit.
While part of me is coping with these feelings by thinking about what to write or do next, I also find myself coping through many of the means Tom and I catalogued in our book.
I want to lash out at the diplomats and the businesses who blocked real progress from happening.
I consider the possibility of no longer writing about climate disruption, as it forces me to keep thinking about these issues.
I fantasize about no longer reading the newspaper and instead retiring to high ground.