Climate activists can start to build a stronger culture of care by taking burnout seriously and understanding its root causes.
Environmental psychology offers practices we can build into our daily lives that manage and restore a precious mental resource we all have: ‘directed attention’.
I’ve learned first hand about what activism burn out feels like.
In the same spirit that George Monbiot publishes his ‘Registry of Interests’ showing who pays him to do what, I am going to attempt an honest evaluation… of how I manage balance and burnout in my own life.
In December I found myself sliding into a state of extreme unwillingness to take on new projects, to continue work on those in hand, to write, or do much of anything else, really, at work or at home.
How is it possible that in a movement that’s all about stopping the planet from burning out, we often make a culture where we burn ourselves out instead?
But in this, our final post for the month before we sign off for August (during which very little will happen on this site, as we put theory into practice), Sophy (busily doing nothing, above), one of the key developers of the Inner Transition approach and co-creator of the Transition Training, reflects on whether it’s just as important to not do stuff.