Our insatiable desire for energy in support of the dominant myth of unbounded growth has placed the planet in a precarious state. Our reliance on fossil fuels is causing the planet to warm at an unprecedented rate. It is imperative that we address this situation as soon as possible for the longer we wait, the more we commit future generations to unfathomable disruption. Current approaches to address this problem have relied solely on technological solutions. In essence, we have chosen to treat the symptom and not the deeply rooted causes of climate change. Depth psychology provides a unique perspective on the problem of climate change for it recognizes the importance of the unconscious in affecting our perception of and actions in the world. Listening to the unconscious opens us to new ways of understanding and addressing climate change. In this presentation, we explore how the structure and dynamics of unconscious processes relate to climate change and how these processes provide pathways to addressing the problem. We consider the archetypal presences that pervade our relationship with the natural world and how our conscious disconnection from these archetypes has led to the myth unbounded growth and exploitation of natural resources.
Kiehl, Jeffrey, "The Psychological Depths of Climate Change" (2016). Embrace of the Earth 2016. 5.