For Steve and Rusti Moffice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, fighting climate
change and global warming has always been a serious issue, but they
are also open to using humor in their public presentations. In May,
they will be making a presentation on global warming as part of a
Presidential Symposium at the annual
American Psychiatric Association meeting in San Francisco.
"Our presentation in San Francisco will focus on how to get more
people knowledgeable about the psychological obstacles for 'going
green'," Moffic said. "The organizer is a professor at our local university, the
be about potential technology changes, and most of the attendees will be
people who work in industry related to potential sustainability."
The American Psychiatric
Association in May is the major annual national meeting for all
psychiatrists in North America, according to Moffic.
"For this one, we were asked to do something about my earlier
attempts to get psychiatrists more interested in climate change
and global warming," Moffic said.
"In the past, we've presented to
groups ranging from pharmacists to synagogues. We are always looking
for opportunities to present to different groups of people on this
subject. We also use our personal individual strengths and what we
can combine as a couple. I'm best at conceiving creative ways to
present controversial information, which I've done for forty years in
psychiatry. My wife is a charismatic songstress. So we will try to set up
the presentation in San Francisco to provide information in a
and enjoyable way."
The Moffics formed Ye Merrye Eco Players a few years ago to present
short public performances titled "Going Green in Pscyh and Song!"
"It's really a multimedia presentation, Dr. Moffic, a professor of
psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin, told the San Diego
Jewish World. "We discuss the
under-appreciated psychological aspects of global warming, and we try
to do it with humor and serious science combined."
From letters to the editor at Time magazine to the public shows he
performs with his wife, Steven Moffic believes that personal actions
are important in the global fight against climate change.
He told this reporter that the Biblical character of Joseph is one of
his favorite characters. When I asked why, Moffic explained it in a
"Because in part Joseph foreshadows the first psychiatrists," he said. "Freud
developed most of his early theories by interpreting his own dreams.
Joseph's whole life was based on his interpreting his dreams, which
seem to me to be both conflictual (like Freud) and prophetic. In
prison, he became very self-reflective. Then, he became able to
interpret the dreams of others, including the Pharoah, relieving
their psychological distress."
"As a bonus for me, he is able to
foresee (with God's help?), the climate change to come in his time,
and prepare adequately for it," Moffic added. "Finally, he helps his
their necessary insight into their history with him, and teaches
foregiveness (necessary often) in the treatment of PTSD). This
resolution is the end of the destructive sibling conflicts in the Torah."