Leslie Davenport on staying sane amid coronavirus craziness

March 19, 2020

I don’t know about you, but the never-ending stream of worrying news about the coronavirus and social distancing are taking a toll on my psyche. So I reached out to the delightful Leslie Davenport—a licensed psychotherapist who I got to know because of her work on climate psychology—to get her advice about how we can practice self-care, and care for our loved ones and neighbors, while trying to navigate this pandemic. Leslie offered some great advice that I want to share with you. If you find it useful, please share with others in your life.

We at Post Carbon Institute are closely monitoring the global COVID-19 pandemic and encouraging our staff, volunteers, and broader community to take great caution and practice social distancing. We’ll do our best to share insights and resources—ones grounded in PCI’s dedication to helping humanity address the broader sustainability crises of the 21st century and build a just and resilient future.

Our team at has and will continue to publish important and timely essays on what the pandemic means for our communities and the larger, systemic crises our societies face. 

Because the situation is evolving so rapidly and dramatically, we thought it would be helpful to talk with some experts about important, largely unexplored aspects of this crisis and share those conversations with you.

Earlier this week I spoke with Nate Hagens about the near- and long-term implications of COVID-19 on the financial system, energy, and the overall economy.

Stay tuned for more conversations. In the meantime, please stay safe and (wisely) care for your loved ones and neighbors.

Photo by Natalia Figueredo on Unsplash

Asher Miller

Asher became the Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute in October 2008, after having served as the manager of our former Relocalization Network program. He’s worked in the nonprofit sector since 1996 in various capacities. Prior to joining Post Carbon Institute, Asher founded Climate Changers, an organization that inspires people to reduce their impact on the climate by focusing on simple and achievable actions anyone can take.

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