Open letters are one way in which XR Psychologists are actively engaged in raising public awareness and pushing for action on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
This one is still open (find and sign the letter here), calling on our professional regulators to take a positive stance towards healthcare and social care professionals arrested in the course of campaigning for planetary and human health.
Open Letter (2019)
In 2019 over a thousand practitioner psychologists – including leading figures in the field – signed an open letter sounding the alarm about the risk of widespread trauma associated with climate breakdown.
Echoing a similar call made by more than a thousand doctors earlier that year, the signatories give their explicit backing to peaceful protests in response to the environmental crisis, and supported demands made by the campaign group, Extinction Rebellion.
Signatories included the chairs of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) and of the Association of Clinical Psychologists (ACP-UK). Media coverage of this letter can be found here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/10/overwhelming-and-terrifying-impact-of-climate-crisis-on-mental-health.