The International Environmental Justice Committee (IEJC) was approved November 2021. Its goals are fostering the international psychology debate on the environmental crisis and the challenges that mankind is likely to face in the next and remote future, having an impact on human individual and collective psychological processes, social inequalities, environmentally conscious conducts and eventually the survival of the human collectivity as we know it.
The forms of relationships that humans have established among themselves and with non-human components of the ecosystem seem to jeopardize the survival of mankind itself and of a large part of the planet’s life as we know it.
Environmental challenges involve not only issues related to anthropic action in global warming and pollution, but also the reduction of diversity, the oppression of first nations and original communities, social and economic injustices related to environmental and colonial exploitation, environmental migrations, the preservation of traditional cultures, the sanitary crises produced by anthropic action on environment, and so on.
All these phenomena affect the human psyche in forms clinically significant such as environmental trauma, environmental grief, and solastalgia. Yet, in general they concern the ecosystemic nature of human-environment relationships.
The idea of the committee is born from the experience of the Div 52 Taskforce on Covid-19, which had the opportunity to reflect upon the “psychology of pandemic” and the psychologic, social, politic, economic and ethic consequences that have become visible during the pandemic. They realized these are one of the manifold manifestations of a general crisis of the current human way of relating to the ecosystem. Existing approaches, such as environmental psychology, developmental sciences, ethnoecology and psychogeography, can be a useful starting point to open a dialogue within international psychological sciences.
The task of the IEJC is to produce and collect information, events of discussion and proposals to have environmental and inequalities challenges as core interest of international psychology, concerning theoretical, professional, therapeutic, educational and ethical aspects of the human conduct in the ecosystem.
The types of actions that the committee can undertake are:
- Collect and make available sources about the psychological aspects of environmental challenges;
- Promote events (webinars, conferences, scientific collaborations) at international level;
- Organize a special issue of IPP journal about
- Promote networking and joint research projects at international level to advance knowledge about psychology of EG;
- Promote formative activities (webinars; courses; etc.) for students and professionals;
- Promote interdisciplinary collaboration with other international actors.
Join the Committee!
If you want to contribute to the solutions of environmental challenges and to promote environmental justice through research and intervention, just join the committee. Write an email to lucatateo(at)gmail.com
Luca Tateo, Co-Chair, Professor of Theory, Epistemology and Methodology of Qualitative Research at the Department of Special Needs Education. University of Oslo, Norway. He is co-editor in chief of the Journal “Human Arenas. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Psychology, Culture, and Meaning”, Springer, and is editor in chief of the book series “Innovations in Qualitative Research”, Information Age Publishing.
Pina Marsico, Co-Chair, Associate Professor of Development and Educational Psychology at University of Salerno (Italy), Visiting Professor at Ph.D. Programme in Psychology, Federal University of Bahia, (Brazil). She is Editor-in-chief of the Book Series Cultural Psychology of Education (Springer), Latin American Voices (Springer), co-editor of SpringerBriefs Psychology and Cultural Developmental Sciences and Annals of Cultural Psychology (InfoAge Publishing, USA). She is also co-editor of Human Arenas. (Springer) and of Trends in Psychology (Springer).
Erinn C. Cameron, M.A. is a first-generation university student and doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University. She lives on an island in the Salish Sea, where she enjoys eco-living, sailing, making music, cooking, and gardening with her family. She has lived in several countries and participated in academic and humanitarian work across the globe. Her ongoing research and clinical work focus on human rights, gender inequality, climate change, human trafficking/modern slavery, and women’s health. She is the current student chair for the APA Div 52 and International Council of Psychologists boards. She is also co-chair of the Div 52 Scientific Committee for Cross-Cultural Research, co-editor of the International Psychology Bulletin, and adjunct faculty at Seattle Pacific University.
Lawrence Gerstein, Ph.D. is a Ball State University George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Psychology-Counseling and Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. He has extensive experience and passion for interfaith, interethnic, and cross-national work.
Gregory Kelly Gormanous, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Louisiana State University Alexandria (USA), is currently involved in licensing & ethics. The ideals of Kahlil Gibran – Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) – are cardinal themes in his teaching, research and practice of psychology.
Niklas A. Chimirri is Associate Professor in Social Psychology of Everyday Life at the Department of People and Technology at Roskilde University, Denmark. Both his teaching and research explore the relevance of communication technology for children’s and adults’ conduct of everyday life, with a focus on technology’s ethical implications for designing collaborative research across generational and human-nonhuman thresholds. The aim is to develop an ecologically and socially sustainable psychology of everyday life that interrelates audience research, participatory design studies, and intergenerational childhood research with the environmental humanities.
Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD, MPH, is Professor of Counseling Psychology, School of Education and Human Development, University of Massachusetts Boston and Research Associate of CreaSur, Universidad de Concepción in Chile. He is a board director of Family Process Institute (2018-2021). As a researcher and disaster resilience activist, he has been actively engaged in the COVID-19 pandemic as part of an emerging grassroots network of public health professionals, social scientists, and experts mobilizing to change the COVID-19 strategy to prevent the contagion in Chile.
Nadine Clopton is a Program Manager at the Rodale Institute where her work centers around the health of both humans & ecosystems through supporting education about regenerative organic agriculture for consumers, doctors, & farmers. With a specific focus on soil & water health as it correlates to human health, she is currently managing & scaling up the Grow Clean Water campaign and organizing around the theme of Regenerative Healthcare. She currently serves as Vice President of GNEC. She became a Director on the Global NGO Executive Committee. She serves as an NGO Youth Representative to the United Nations for the Australia-based NGO, Caring & Living As Neighbours, is a Director on the board of Indigenous NCDs, an Associate with the International Institute for Child Rights and Development, and is a co-author of both the Global Youth Climate Action Declaration and the Phoenix Manifesto.