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With a background in clinical psychology and environmental studies, researcher Renée Lertzman is uniquely positioned to diagnose how psychology can bolster efforts to preserve the planet. She identifies three psychological principles that could unlock humanity’s creativity, resilience, adaptivity and courage amid the rising climate threat.

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Climate psychologist Renée Lertzman is a researcher and educator.



Psychological insights give environmental action a power boost.

Confronting the planet’s environmental degradation can leave you feeling defeated, dazed, fearful or livid. These intense emotions don’t have to be paralyzing. Indeed, environmental action can benefit from a grounding in psychology. This discipline holds answers to abiding grim or scary truths, channeling creativity, and building resilience and courage.

All people have a window of stress tolerance that affects their ability to respond to information and other stimuli.

According to psychiatrist Dan Siegel, the window of tolerance is universal among ...

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