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.
Luca Tateo, Pina Marsico, Co-Chairs
- Gonzalo Bacigalupe
- Erinn Cameron
- Nadine Clapton
- Lawrence Gerstein
- Gregory Gormanous
- Paul Rhodes