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‘Overwhelming and terrifying’: the rise of climate anxiety

The Guardian / Matthew Taylor, Jessica Murray / 10 February 2020

The physical impact of the climate crisis is impossible to ignore, but experts are becoming increasingly concerned about another, less obvious consequence of the escalating emergency – the strain it is putting on people’s mental wellbeing, especially the young.

Psychologists warn that the impact can be debilitating for the growing number of people overwhelmed by the scientific reality of ecological breakdown and for those who have lived through traumatic climate events, often on the climate frontline in the global south.

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In defence of climate change ‘hypocrisy’

CBC News / Brooks DeCillia / 07 November 2019

It’s the go-to criticism incessantly spat at environmentalists: if you produce even a modicum of greenhouse gases, you can’t say anything about climate change […]

But is this really hypocrisy? Philosophers doubt it, calling the criticism a non sequitur that shuts down a crucial debate about climate change. Besides, what’s wrong with being a hypocrite? It may, indeed, be hypocritical to protest oil extraction while also using fossil fuels to power up speakers at a climate change demonstration — but maybe that’s the point.

People who want to change society also live in it.

In the art of argument, a non sequitur doesn’t logically flow from the statement that came before it. It’s a bad argument.

The hypocrisy criticism thrown at climate activists is also an ad hominem or personal attack because it’s directed at the environmentalist (the person) and not their argument about reducing greenhouse gases.

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Mental health expertise meets sandbags in building resilience

The Energy Mix / 04 December 2019

It was judicious use of mental health expertise, along with many, many sandbags, that enabled Fargo, North Dakota to weather the challenges of the epic 2009 Red River flood.

That was one of the experiences that pointed to a basic precondition for building communities’ ability to face the climate emergency: Recognizing climate change as a profound threat to mental health, responding with messages of “hopeful realism” and ongoing compassion, particularly for older adults and children, and helping communities acquire the psychological and social resilience to cope.

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How communities can build psychological resilience to disaster

National Observer / Nicole Westman / 08 November 2019

As climate change makes natural disasters more common and more extreme, cities and communities are working to improve their resilience—their ability to withstand disaster, and bounce back quickly when it occurs. But disasters don’t just cause physical damage; they can leave communities struggling mentally and emotionally, as well. Working to shore up physical structures only tackles part of the problem, says Gerald Galloway, a professor of civil and environmental engineering in the Center for Disaster Resilience at the University of Maryland. “If a community can’t stand on its own two feet psychologically, all the work on having stronger buildings isn’t going to get you anywhere.”

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‘Ecological grief’: Greenlanders traumatised by climate emergency

The Guardian / Dan McDougall / 12 August 2019

The climate crisis is causing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety to people in Greenland who are struggling to reconcile the traumatic impact of global heating with their traditional way of life.

The first ever national survey examining the human impact of the climate emergency, revealed in the Guardian on Monday, shows that more than 90% of islanders interviewed fully accept that the climate crisis is happening, with a further 76% claiming to have personally experienced global heating in their daily lives, from coping with dangerous sea ice journeys to having sled dogs euthanised for economic reasons tied to shorter winters.

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‘Action really helps’ youth struggling with climate anxiety

Yahoo! News / 03 August 2019

Treating climate anxiety in children is very similar to treating general anxiety, [child psychologist Rhonda] Matters said.

Acknowledging a child’s anxiety over climate change and weather events is one of the most helpful and key methods in managing the anxiety, Matters said. It also allows children to think about the constructive things they can do about the situation.

“Action really helps with anxiety. Feeling out of control or helpless increases or grows our anxiety. But feeling like there is a part we can play in addressing that concern is what helps kids,” she said.

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