Where Parents Can Get Help with Climate Anxiety
You can join their free weekly journaling circle on Wednesdays, buy their journal for $18 – $25, or get a free five-day journal prompt when you sign up for their email list.
If you are craving climate-related conversations in your social circle and are looking for some DIY group materials, this is the place for you. All We Can Save is a bestselling collection of essays from 60 women who are at the forefront of the climate movement. Now, as an offshoot of the anthology, the group has created All We Can Save Circles. They describe it as “a book club, but a cooler, deeper, extended version.” The framework involves 10 sessions (with soothing names like Reframe, Reshape, and Persist), and the facilitation materials are free for anyone to download and start their own circle.
According to its website, the Alliance lies at “the intersections of mental health, social justice, and environmentalism to bring positive transformation, equity, and healing for the Earth, ourselves, and our communities.” The Alliance for Ecotherapy & Social Justice offers a wide range of online ecotherapy workshops and conversations about social justice.
Created by Margaret Klein Salamon, aka “The Climate Psychologist,” these virtual conversations are an hour long, open to everyone and free to attend. The conversations are held three times a month and are for anyone who wants to share their feelings about climate change—and listen to others. Participants have described the conversations as “empowering,” “comforting,” and “world-shifting.”
Founded by a group of respected climate scientists (who are also moms), this organization is trying to motivate everyday moms to demand solutions that preserve the planet for their kids. “Eighty-three percent of moms are concerned about climate change across all political parties and races. That’s why I cofounded Science Moms,” climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe told me. Science Moms offers a free toolkit to help you talk about climate change with your friends and family, and it also hosts free webinars on climate-related topics.
Deep Adaptation is a social movement for those who believe that climate change will increasingly threaten access to food, water, and governmental systems and ultimately bring about societal collapse. The movement emphasizes nonviolence, compassion, and “preparation” for a new future. If this resonates with you, you will find like-minded parents in this group. Post topics range from processing emotions to sharing links and resources to practical prepping tips.
An offshoot of the #FridaysforFuture movement (started by Greta Thunberg), Parents for Future is a network of hundreds of groups in at least 23 countries. They have templates for letter writing and other actions you can participate in, as well as links to more local groups. They also offer a Climate Parent Fellowship, which supports parent activists around the world. They have a strong presence in the EU and UK, so if that’s where you are, this could be a good group to connect with.