Guest essay by Eric Worrall
According to Gizmodo, Carbon Emission Trading is one of the five stages of grief.
“The interplay between the climate realities we likely face and the potential psychological fallout from them was the subject of a conference convened in Washington D.C., in March 2009,” write Lise van Susteren, MD, and Kevin J. Doyle, JD, introducing their work. “A highly respected group of experts offered insights. Their thoughts, recommendations and supporting evidence are presented in this report.”
“The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the United States,” examines the hitherto undiscussed effects of increasingly prevalent extreme weather, sea level rise, drought and other impacts of climate change on mental health. How will we cope with a changing world?
“The incidences of mental and social disorders will rise steeply. These will include depressive and anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, substance abuse, suicides, and widespread outbreaks of violence. Children, the poor, the elderly, and those with existing mental health disorders are especially vulnerable and will be hardest hit.”
The report’s findings are the subject of the first episode of Bill Nye’s new show, “Global Meltdown.”
He compares our gradual acceptance of the realities of global warming to the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
Denial and anger we see every day, in our politics. Bargaining we see with carbon emissions trading. Depression has become a well known problem for climate scientists. Acceptance? That’s where we need to be so that we can do something about climate change, even if much of its future impact is already guaranteed.
I’m glad that greens are starting to admit carbon trading is a complete waste of money and effort, but I must say the prediction of a steep rise in psychological problems, is a bit like failed predictions that we shall be overwhelmed by hordes of climate refugees.
So far the only people getting depressed about climate change are green fanatics and climate scientists, whose obsession with the predictions of their broken models appears to be causing real psychological difficulties.
There is one source of future climate related psychological problems which concerns me – the ongoing efforts by green fanatics to infect school children with their depressing life view. Growing up is challenging enough; trusted teacher authority figures telling kids that they have no future, because the world is about to end, cannot be helping the children in their charge, to safely navigate their path to well adjusted adulthood.