Feeling afraid of the Climate? You Are Not Alone
NAGLINGKIT: Another key factor is the exacerbation of climate change. Looking ahead, in the near future and beyond, things will get worse before they get better.
The SC: I think it makes sense. We did this survey of young people around the world, so people were 16 to 25. And I took that up because they are the ones facing the future a lot. And they, to a strange degree, report a feeling that things are getting worse – they don’t have times with parents, that the things they value are threatened. They don’t know if they should have children. And even a high percentage endorse the statement “People are finished.”
NAGLINGKIT: Something that is up to you and me told about the past this is the idea of ecological grief about the devastating fires in California. What is it?
The SC: It’s really interesting to talk about grief because anxiety is self -related: I’m worried about myself, I’m worried about what will happen to me. But grief is more manageable – it’s about losses. So you show this awareness of the value of something that is already lost or that you expect to lose.
And for many people those are the areas that are very important to them. It can even be Overview somewhere. To think of California as being a place that doesn’t get angry with people living – maybe that’s too strong, but you get what I’m saying. It loses this idea of what California means.
NAGLINGKIT: I hope to talk about the role of post-traumatic stress disorder here, especially in natural disasters, and especially in children, who are not equipped with the psychological tools to cope with these things.
The SC: We are particularly concerned about children, as there is evidence that they are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress. And I’m talking here, because I’m not a pediatrician, but I suspect it’s in part because children’s safety is so important. They need to know what will continue to be the same, what is stable about the world. And so we have this unique most disruptive, non -confusing experience that hinders the ability to form a good security.
There is some evidence that children who experience trauma while they are young, it can have a permanent impact on their ability to process strong emotions as they get older, as adults. That’s because children develop in so many ways-psychologically, physiologically, neurologically-these early effects can have many long-term effects.
NAGLINGKIT: Like many things about climate change, the less fortunate will suffer the most. The rich can manage-they can move to another place of their own. The poor and people of color will struggle especially with climate change.
The SC: I think that’s right. There is a lot of good evidence for that. And I think it’s important to promote this because sometimes people act that if environmental issues are some kind of elitist – that you have to get rich to worry about environmental issues. But surely, especially when it comes to climate change, it is an issue of social justice. It will increase inequality, and poor people and poor countries will be especially hit. And that will only get worse. And of course, there is DATA showing that, most menus inside the US-I haven’t seen any international data like this-but inside the US people of color are more concerned about climate change.
NAGLINGKIT: It is important to really focus on effect of hot island. That’s why in cities, the temperature is much hotter and the heat disappears quickly overnight. This is a very clear disparity shown by the researchers, that the poorest neighborhoods there is a tendency to be much warmer than the neighboring villages. While more people are moving to metropolises around the world, how can it be that the hotter the hotter the more problematic?