University offers students struggling with anxiety about climate change THERAPY to tackle their feelings of ‘anger, guilt and grief’

From The Daily Mail

  • Sessions being held at the University of Derby by Dr Jamie Bird
  • They involve participants trying to express feelings through art and poetry
  • Student Claire Prowse felt she may not have a future because of climate crisis

By Harry Howard For Mailonline

Published: 09:45 EST, 24 January 2020 | Updated: 10:01 EST, 24 January 2020

Students and staff anxious about climate change are being offered therapy to tackle feelings of anger, guilt and grief.

University of Derby are running art therapy sessions for those suffering ‘eco-anxiety’ -an issue brought to the forefront of public attention by 17-year-old activist Greta Thunberg.

Participants are encouraged to express their feelings about climate change through ‘poetry and movement’.

One student attending the therapy sessions, Claire Prowse, said climate change makes her feel like she is ‘not going to have a future’.

She told the BBC: ‘It makes me very anxious because every time I look at the news I rarely see any good news about the environment.

‘It just makes me think I’m not going to have a future.’

Another attendee, Nicola Grigg, added that climate change made her feel ‘isolated and lonely’.

She said she felt ‘guilty’ because she does not have the power to ‘change’ the climate situation.

The academic behind the sessions, Dr Jamie Bird, said people suffer ‘climate grief’ when they see the environment being damaged.

Writing on a blog on the university’s website, Dr Bird, who is head of health and social care research at Derby, said: ‘This activity focuses on the here and now. It does not seek to solve problems or provide solutions.

‘It provides a safe space to express feelings in a compassionate environment.’

Eco-anxiety is described by Psychology Today as ‘a fairly recent psychological disorder afflicting an increasing number of individuals who worry about the environmental crisis’.

No stats are available on how widespread it is, but some experts said there is increased public anxiety around climate change.

In a 2017 report, Professor Susan Clayton at the College of Wooster, in Ohio, wrote: ‘We can say that a significant proportion of people are experiencing stress and worry about the potential impacts of climate change, and that the level of worry is almost certainly increasing.’

As well as being offered to students and staff, Derby University’s workshops have been held in towns nearby, with more planned in Derbyshire this year.

Dr Bird said: ‘More and more I think there’s this recognition that people are feeling not only anxious but also a sense of loss, or it might be a sense of anger or guilt or shame.

‘Helplessness underlines a lot of those feelings because it’s something we’ve never really had to face before and we don’t know how it’s going to pan out.’

He added that the sessions have been successful, with some finding that they feel less anxious or guilty when they leave. 

Full story here.

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Dodgy Geezer
January 26, 2020 2:12 pm

First – get them worried.

Then – take all their money….

Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
January 26, 2020 2:24 pm

What e said…

How pathetic are the children of today.

Reply to  Mondeoman
January 26, 2020 5:52 pm

Mondeoman—-The children of today didn’t create themselves [snip]

Reply to  Mondeoman
January 26, 2020 6:20 pm

Climate anxiety seems to be an ailment that disproportionately affects those which are young, female and white. Why is that ? I live in
Asia. Don’t seem to be a lot of eco anxiety sufferers over here.

Reply to  Mondeoman
January 26, 2020 11:42 pm

It seems to be the humanities students who are suffering anxiety, probably because that believe all the activities say.
Do the STEM students suffer in the same way?

Reply to  StephenP
January 27, 2020 9:03 am

Damn good question!
Are there any legitimate social researchers out there who would be able tackle such a survey among college students based upon: majors of study; admission test scores; or other quantifiable measures.

Reply to  StephenP
January 28, 2020 5:38 am

No! I suggest STEM students experience anxiety from a different pathway. Any STEM student who shows the slightest doubt about the Anthropogenic Global Warming Hypothesis is likely to be harangued by staff and students and fear that they will not complete the course. They will be accused of being in the pay of Big Oil. An additional complication is that they may be literally in the pay of Big Oil, because Big Oil is more likely to fund bursaries for geology and engineering students than for gender studies and environmental artistry.

Reply to  Mondeoman
January 27, 2020 7:12 am

The best “therapy” I can think of for these poor brainwashed dweebs is a lifetime subscription to WUWT!!

Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
January 26, 2020 2:38 pm

Yes, fear of the “climate crisis” is unwarranted.

Though he might very well be an alarmist if alive today, nevertheless, in the words of FDR, “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Reply to  Scissor
January 26, 2020 7:27 pm

“One student said climate change makes her feel like she is ‘not going to have a future.”

She could be right. If extreme, foolish actions to combat climate change wreck the global economy, she might not have a future.

Reply to  donb
January 27, 2020 7:17 am

I grew up under daily hysteria about Mutually Assured Destruction and The Bomb; complete with the school ordering duck-and-cover drills under our desks.

Somehow or other I never needed a “therapist.” Y’know why not? Back then we were taught the Facts of Life, which included the knowledge life has no guarantees of safety, peace, prosperity, comfort, or predictability. And our generation was mostly fine with that, as my Gen-Z nephews who were raised property are today.

Maybe the “Elites” need to re-think how they’re raising their children; they won’t be capable of leading anyone the way they’re going; infantilized, whining, scared and impotent geeks!

Reply to  Scissor
January 27, 2020 4:40 am

Unwarranted but necessary if you goal is to manipulate absent facts.

Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
January 26, 2020 4:53 pm

Finally – make them work.

Farmer Ch E retired
Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
January 26, 2020 8:15 pm

It’s a perpetual money machine administrated by the university system.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
January 27, 2020 7:26 am

Are these females, ……

Greta Thunberg
Claire Prowse
Nicola Grigg

actually suffering from “climate change” anxiety, …….. or PMS?

I’m sure it doesn’t matter to Dr Jamie Bird.

Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
January 29, 2020 4:24 am

Dr Bird said: ‘More and more I think there’s this recognition that people are feeling not only anxious but also a sense of loss, or it might be a sense of anger or guilt or shame.
Personally, I feel a sense of humour about all this. I suggest those feeling the other senses take solace in the words of philosopher and humorist Jackie Mason. Look up his treatise on “The meaning of life”. It will bring you back to earth in a hurry.

January 26, 2020 2:18 pm

Those kids don’t need therapy, all they need is the truth.

John Raw
Reply to  Anon
January 27, 2020 5:39 pm

How do you recognize truth, these days?

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Anon
January 28, 2020 7:40 am

Yes, the first tell of the underlying cause of the “anxiety” is “every time I look at the news, …”.

Since the “news” about “climate” is essentially little more than propaganda and misinformation, that’d do it!

January 26, 2020 2:20 pm

Stop the media to publish lies and BS

Reply to  Krishna Gans
January 26, 2020 7:33 pm

From: Allan MacRae
Sent: December-23-19 9:16 PM
To: President, Alberta Teachers Association
Cc: Minister of Education, Alberta
Subject: The Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) and the False Crisis of Global Warming Alarmism


Jason C Schilling
President, Alberta Teachers Association

Cc: Hon. Adriana LaGrange
Minister of Education

Subject: The Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) and the False Crisis of Global Warming Alarmism

Hello Mr. Schilling,

I have a daughter in Grade 6 in a Calgary Public School, and I am very happy with her school and its capable and dedicated teachers.

I should also advise you that this letter has been reviewed by some of the most competent scientists in the world.

The following presentation by Michelle Stirling is a well-informed rebuttal of Tzeporah Berman’s climate speech to the Alberta Teachers Association (ATA):

The science and politics of global warming alarmism is an area of my expertise, and I probably know more about this subject than anyone in the ATA. I have an accomplished career on six continents and have made outstanding contributions to the well-being of Calgary, Alberta and Canada.

Based on my two engineering degrees and my decades of analysis of this topic since ~1985, I conclude that global warming alarmism is a false crisis. One of my recent publications is included below.

I am concerned that school children are being propagandized and some are suffering from extreme anxiety due to fears of runaway global warming.

It is simply child abuse to support this false propaganda. I am shocked to learn that climate activist Steve Lee “has already spoken at dozens of student assemblies at high schools in Edmonton, Calgary and across Canada”.

It is truly wrong for Alberta teachers to encourage our children to take a radical position on this false crisis. It is even more wrong to encourage the irrational fear that is destroying the feelings of safety and security of our children.

This letter serves to put you, the ATA and its members on notice that promotion of the climate scare is false propaganda that is causing harm to our children.

Yours truly, Allan MacRae
B.A.Sc.(Eng.), M.Eng.


by Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., June 13, 2019


Global warming alarmism, which falsely assumes that increasing atmospheric CO2 causes catastrophic global warming, is disproved – essentially, it assumes that the future is causing the past. In reality, atmospheric CO2 changes lag global temperature changes at all measured time scales.

Nino34 Area Sea Surface Temperature changes, then tropical humidity changes, then atmospheric temperature changes, then CO2 changes.

The velocity dCO2/dt changes ~contemporaneously with global temperature changes and CO2 changes occur ~9 months later (MacRae 2008).

The process that causes the ~9-month average lag of CO2 changes after temperature changes is hypothesized and supported by observations.

The ~9-month lag, +/- several months, averages 1/4 of the full-period duration of the variable global temperature cycle, which averages ~3 years.

Based on the above observations, global temperatures drive atmospheric CO2 concentrations much more than CO2 drives temperature.

Climate sensitivity to increasing atmospheric CO2 must be very low, less than ~1C/(2*CO2) and probably much less.

There will be no catastrophic warming and no significant increase in chaotic weather due to increasing CO2 concentrations.

Increasing atmospheric CO2 clearly causes significantly improved crop yields, and may cause minor, beneficial global warming.

Atmospheric CO2 is not alarmingly high, it is too low for optimal plant growth and alarmingly low for the survival of carbon-based terrestrial life.

Other factors such as fossil fuel combustion, deforestation, etc may also increase atmospheric CO2. The increase of CO2 is clearly beneficial.

“Green energy” schemes are not green and produce little useful (dispatchable) energy, primarily because of the fatal flaw of intermittency.

There is no widely-available, cost-effective means of solving the flaw of intermittency in grid-connected wind and solar power generation.

Electric grids have been destabilized, electricity costs have soared and Excess Winter Deaths have increased due to green energy schemes.


January 27, 2020 4:11 pm

Allen I am so glad to see that there are scientists who have the courage to speak out against this drive to destroy global economies, ecologies and the environment.

With all the talk about ‘tipping points’ in regard to climate, I’m more concerned about the real agenda and political tipping points. Though, elections in America, Australia and Britain seem to show that although the mainstream media is predominantly left wing the majority see through their lies.

I know that there are many scientists of courage, getting the message out there is what is most difficult.

pigs_in _space
Reply to  Krishna Gans
January 30, 2020 12:13 am

Stop funding for the BBC, or draconian conditions on allowing all points of view equal weight.
RIP David Bellamy!

Problem instantly solved.

John Bell
January 26, 2020 2:22 pm

If they would all just stop using fossil fuels (and products thereof) they would feel much more at ease.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  John Bell
January 26, 2020 3:03 pm


I have no idea why children of today want to abdicate responsibility to authority. All they have to do is buy solely renewable energy, only ‘green’ products, don’t fly, and when they have their own investments, don’t invest in fossil fuel companies. It’s very simple.

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 26, 2020 4:11 pm

I can’t work it out fully but offer two related components.
There are two millennial components.
First, “ it’s not fair” everyone needs a prize.
Second, not understanding to achieve something you have to first study, work hard, and make mistakes.
The above phenomenon virtually only exists in wealthy nations when the parents and children have not faced adversity.
A young western middle or upper class person will be shocked when a migrant or working class citizen takes “their “ parking space or whatever. We need rules for that.
They are susceptible to propaganda that assigns blame to someone else and they can’t be bothered researching

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 26, 2020 4:13 pm

Send them to Africa, on a boat, for perhaps a month. That should help remedy their anxiety. Africa, of course, is the perfect example of an environment, with limited exposure to fossil fuels, a climate that rarely changes and a lifestyle which is the envy of the world.
Problem solved.

Reply to  Ron
January 26, 2020 4:29 pm

Ron, Perhaps Cuba or Venezuela? A month with little food should do the trick.

Reply to  Ron
January 26, 2020 5:11 pm

Even Vikings forged metal to make nails for their boats. The only fossil free way is to walk and swim. They also have my permission to eat fruits and nuts along the way, but no cooking.

Reply to  John Bell
January 26, 2020 4:03 pm

They should also give up their iPhones, iPads, and laptops.

Also no calculators. They can use sliderules or even logarithms and a pencil.

Ken Davis
Reply to  joe
January 26, 2020 9:20 pm

You’re not going to let them get away with the environmental vandalism of chopping down trees. And no fancy carbon powered machines inserting the sequestered carbon into their tree killing pencils. Can’t anybody do a balance sheet any more.

Reply to  joe
January 27, 2020 1:14 am

Eh? Have you ever seen any work product from a calculator come from a climate alarmist?

A calculator to someone obsessed with other people’s reducing of their “carbon” emissions is like a silver cross to a vampire. Chanting “one point five degrees” is the upper limit of their mathematical abilities (and they don’t even understand that that’s a bogus number either).

Reply to  joe
January 27, 2020 6:25 am

If they were capable of using log tables or pencil and paper to calculate they would not be CAGW true believers.

January 26, 2020 2:23 pm

…they are not just condoning…they are encouraging…..and normalizing it

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Latitude
January 26, 2020 2:38 pm

Why am I 100% certain that this so-called “therapy” consists of cementing these irrational ideas firmly into the brains of these silly ignoramuses?

Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
January 26, 2020 4:24 pm

If Dr. Bird has a professional license, it should be revoked.

Haidt and Lukianoff recommend confronting this challenge by following the proven method of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Considered the gold standard of psychological therapy, CBT focuses on not letting your feelings and cognitive distortions consume you. Exercises that are used in CBT help people to understand that situations are not black and white. Not every ambiguous interaction is designed to hurt you. Catastrophic thinking in response to negative events is largely within our control. link

‘Safe spaces’ are the very opposite of what is required for effective therapy. They make things worse, not better.

Al Miller
Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
January 26, 2020 7:40 pm

I totally agree. I was just going to call them snowflakes- which they are, but you are right to point out that this is to further the brainwashing agenda.

Carl Friis-Hansen
January 26, 2020 2:26 pm

These sessions ought to be open not only for students, but for the general population.
However, it is an issue for both the Green Mafia worshipers as well as for the skeptics.

Personally I am a bit terrified about a near future where a totalitarian overreach takes away my freedom to enjoy life and my economy to keep my quality of life at a reasonable level.

In my head, I recall my brief experience of East Berlin long before the fall of the Iron Curtain, and I think for myself: Is that what the Green Mafia silently is leading us towards?

Will the universities start physiological support classes for people like me?

Clarky of Oz
January 26, 2020 2:33 pm

Could they not offer some courses on critical thinking?

Carl Friis-Hansen
Reply to  Clarky of Oz
January 26, 2020 2:45 pm

Funny you mention it. Back in the 60’s we were taught in school how to critically read the newspaper.

G Mawer
Reply to  Clarky of Oz
January 26, 2020 2:47 pm

Especially for journalists.

Reply to  G Mawer
January 26, 2020 5:13 pm

Journalists and critical thinking? Isn’t that an oxymoron?

Reply to  Megs
January 26, 2020 7:04 pm

Yes they all went thru the lefty brain washing in the Arts faculty to get that journalism degree.

Troels Junge
Reply to  Clarky of Oz
January 26, 2020 10:55 pm

How dare you enable people to think critical. After that they will be so hard to control. Critical thinking does not belong in a university anyway…!

January 26, 2020 2:46 pm

” … better choices to address the issue … ” ” … space to express feelings … ”
The promoters of this need to watch out. One form of expression that I have witnessed involves venting one’s anger at being taken in by this scam.

January 26, 2020 2:47 pm

phobia – an unreasoned or irrational fear.
kairós – greek for weather.

from wikipedia:
“Intimidation (also called cowing) is intentional behavior that “would cause a person of ordinary sensibilities” to fear injury or harm. It is not necessary to prove that the behavior was so violent as to cause mean terror or that the victim was actually frightened”


“The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation defines eco-terrorism as “…the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against innocent victims or property by an environmentally-oriented, subnational group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature.”

Elle Webber
January 26, 2020 2:47 pm

Surely scores of Snowflakes are melting down due to Brexit Anxiety too? Where is their therapy?

Reply to  Elle Webber
January 26, 2020 7:15 pm

It is called Darwinian Theory or just life, and these snowflakes are the cannon fodder off to learn it’s lessons the hard way.

January 26, 2020 2:48 pm

In my head, I recall my brief experience of East Berlin long before the fall of the Iron Curtain, and I think for myself: Is that what the Green Mafia silently is leading us towards?

I’m not aware of your experiences, but you are nearby.
Unfortunately in German…..

Carl Friis-Hansen
Reply to  Krishna Gans
January 26, 2020 3:14 pm

Spot on.
No worries, German is one of five languages I speak fluent 🙂
I have seen several court cases in Germany where former East German gestapo-like people had continued their terrible work in a mafia style in the unified Germany to this very date.

Back in the 1950’s USA, you were hated if you were socialist or communist, today it the “right thing” to be.

J Mac
Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
January 26, 2020 3:56 pm

Re: “Back in the 1950’s USA, you were hated if you were socialist or communist, today it the right thing to be.”

Today, it is the Left thing to be, in the USA.

January 26, 2020 3:02 pm

That should be ‘echo anxiety’ since the pitiable sufferers have their heads in an echo chamber that drowns out the facts.

Bemused Bill
January 26, 2020 3:09 pm

Tell them to lead by example. Tell them no-one will listen to you while you are not living the way you demand others live…and then turn off the air-con and remove all car parking spaces and drop-off points, as they will want to be using buses, pushbikes or walking. Offer only vegetarian choices. Offer only certified low carbon minimalist one size fits all uniforms of un-dyed hemp to avoid any sweatshop labour, no leather shoes and ban any electronic devices during school hours.
I would offer them these options as a climate aware package and give them a vote on it….and when they rejected it overwhelmingly would brook no further whining about their delicate feelings or climate hysteria.
And I would publish the results for the public to see.

Daniël Lemmers
January 26, 2020 3:10 pm

Clearly the wanted effect of climate crazy propaganda. They can’t convince adults of their lies, so they focus on kids and students. Rather disgusting.

Reply to  Daniël Lemmers
January 29, 2020 11:09 am

And then teach them all adults are the enemy and build up irrational hatred and fear of all elders.

Reply to  JS
January 29, 2020 2:29 pm

JS, here’s an example of how we are encouraging hate in our young people, put out by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) propaganda machine. We pay a billion dollars a year from our taxes for the privilege of the total leftist crap they put out. They claim to be a balanced Network, read this link from an ABC radio broadcaster. We are lucky if there is any opportunity at all to give and alternative point of view and if they don’t like the direction the conversation is going they cut it short. Any politician who doesn’t agree with their agenda will be edited to point that any truth is gone.

Face Palm...sigh
Reply to  Megs
February 3, 2020 8:43 pm

Thanks Meg for the link…….the woman from Mallacoota mentioned in the ‘A Bout of Commie’ article is known to me. Quite the pain in the rear end actually………can play the victim card like a professional whiner.

January 26, 2020 3:19 pm

Therapy Session minutes:

“CO2 Climate Change is prairie fertilizer. You have nothing about climate to fear ourside of the same risk all of your ancestors faced. ”

Session terminated.

Mickey Reno
Reply to  sendergreen
January 27, 2020 3:39 am

This is the famous Bob Newhart “Stop It!” therapy.

January 26, 2020 3:25 pm

So, the university creates anxiety, and then the university attempts to rectify the damage. Lawsuit, anyone, or did they offer a trigger warning when they went on-and-on about climate change?

January 26, 2020 3:41 pm

It’s easy to fix their problem. They should stop looking at the news.

Reply to  Ellen
January 26, 2020 4:22 pm

Yes, news is a first-order forcing of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Anxiety (CACA). However, it would be irresponsible to dismiss that the university is itself a first-order forcing of CACA progress.

Reply to  n.n
January 26, 2020 7:06 pm

Nice. I think you should start a new academic journal dedicated to the subject, “The Annals of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Anxiety.” Annals of CACA, for short.

Ed Zuiderwijk
January 26, 2020 3:42 pm

O, the poor little darlings.

Dr Deanster
January 26, 2020 3:44 pm

I think I’m going to start a new web site called Environmental Good News. Com. for short.

It would be a good start for all these kids to read about all the positive things happening in the environment and frame events in a positive light. For example…

Good News, the polar ice caps did not melt this year, and the forecast is they will not melt next year either. …… or Good News, Polar bear populations have rebounded from the lows of XX year that was the result of over hunting. …. or Good News, the earth has greened by XX% over the last ten years.

It’s not that Climate per se is depressing these kids, it is the Media Spin that is killing them.

George Daddis
January 26, 2020 3:47 pm

Is there even one “alarmist” scientist who would support the fear of a 20 year old that she “is not going to have a future”?

Catastrophic Climate Change is debatable, but the harm being done to the young people today by the MSM, psychologists and “Climate Activists” is very real and easily documented. It is not a “model”.

If the leading scientists like Mann, Trenberth et al don’t stand up and put a stop to this they are clearly showing a lack of professional ethics and have demonstrated the movement is entirely political!

I just wish I would be around 30 years from now so I can tell my grandchildren “See, Grandpa was right!”

Larry Hamlin
January 26, 2020 3:52 pm

Pathetic idiocy – dangerous situation with this monumental ignorance threatening the globes future priorities where apparently the most important global issues of poverty, sanitation and filth, education and health care are all made worse by wasteful allocation of critical resources to phony and completely irrelevant climate alarmism schemes.

January 26, 2020 3:53 pm

“Therapy” like this, especially creative-oriented therapy, does not work. All it does is provide a coping mechanism but it never provides substantive recovery. For example, in these therapy sessions, is it just a free-for-all safe space where anxious students are free to do whatever they want? Or, are their conceptions of reality actually examined?

If a man insists he lives on the moon, the best medicine is to help him see and understand the reality that he is not on the moon at all. The worst medicine is to put him into a place where he is free to further reinforce his disconnect from reality through creativity.

January 26, 2020 3:56 pm

“The academic behind the sessions, Dr Jamie Bird, said people suffer ‘climate grief’ when they see the environment being damaged.”

You mean like bird and bat slicing machines and thousands of acres of solar arrays?
• Or Urban blight crushing nature under bitumen, cement, cinder blocks and steel?
• Or asinine jet skiers running their machines up and down beaches scaring away man, fish, mammals and birds?
• Or people who believe they can dump anything down their sinks or flush down their toilets? keeping mind these same folks go bonkers over anything but a well tended grass lawn.

I doubt Dr. Bird has any concept of reality regarding what damages the environment.

January 26, 2020 3:58 pm

For God’s sake! Doesn’t anyone have the common sense to open their eyes and look around to see that during the last 40 years since this silly climate hoax has been rammed down the gullible public throat NOTHING bad has happened. Every human alive today will go to their graves without a single dire prediction about climate happening! It really is true that you can fool most of the people most of the time. Fortunately most of the readers of this blog are not scientific imbeciles and are not fooled.

J Mac
January 26, 2020 4:11 pm

I worry about these poor dears….. Derby U should provide each of them with a ‘Widdle The Worrier’ doll, to help them to express their irrational fears and learn coping skills for the non-problem of Climate Change.

“Widdle the Worrier is a talking doll that gives your child tips and coping techniques every time you squeeze his tummy.”

January 26, 2020 4:16 pm

Cooling… Warming…. Change Prophecy is a first-order forcing of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Anxiety (CACA). A well known therapy is to force the university to refund student admission and matriculation costs… prices.

January 26, 2020 4:24 pm

What a bunch of pathetic snowflakes they are!

They allow the media and propaganda deceive them so easily, it seems that these people will never be happy because they are susceptible to being used by people who seek power and money.

For me I sleep fine, knowing that weather and climate, are not my enemy in life.

Chris Hanley
January 26, 2020 4:31 pm

Climate mania is a cult, de-programming cult members can be very difficult, as I understand it.

January 26, 2020 4:40 pm

As studient;s don/ they have any curiousity about what makes the world work.

So instead of blindly accepting this CC nonsense what about some research starting with the properties of CO2, then some studies of history, its all happened before, so what is there to be upset about ?


January 26, 2020 4:43 pm

“students struggling with anxiety about climate change THERAPY to tackle their feelings”

Climate scientists too

January 26, 2020 5:14 pm

Far too many in universities have never grown out of their childhood. This is the result of years of indoctrination and coddling. And as for “therapy”, far too often that too is nothing more than indoctrination. Not even CLOSE to being a “science” of any kind.

John the Econ
January 26, 2020 5:33 pm

How far the standards have fallen. People so intellectually and emotionally fragile have no business at something called a “university”.

Martin Cropp
January 26, 2020 5:34 pm

Best quote on the subject
“All it really takes to destroy a people is to take away their future, to take away the potential of their children”
Rare Earth

How to destroy People: Japans Untouchables
7min – 40secs

January 26, 2020 5:38 pm

I was drafted into the US army in 1966 at age 19. That is something to have anxiety about- possibly dead in Vietnam. Tell these wimps to grow up!

January 26, 2020 7:11 pm

They don’t grow up they are part of the #me generation and mommy and/or daddy does everything for them. They live in nice Detol cleaned houses with their allergies and have never seen the real world much less deal with real problems.

January 26, 2020 10:01 pm

Well said, Mike McHenry.
A famous Australian cricketer, the late Keith Miller, who flew Mosquitos for the RAF in WW2 was once asked if he suffered anxiety playing Test Cricket.
He famously replied, ‘ Stress? playing cricket?’
‘Stress is a Messerschmidt up your arse!’

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Herbert
January 27, 2020 7:07 am

And even though the airframe was wood the Mosquito was an exceptional fighter/bomber.

January 26, 2020 5:38 pm

Get thee to the other side of campus.

January 26, 2020 5:45 pm

Art therapy for climate anxiety — what could be more comical?

And I even claim to be an … “artist”.

There’s not enough head shaking that can be done here.

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
January 27, 2020 11:58 am

Confession of a Climate Criminal

(A therapeutic poem by RK)

I am human,
I am cancer,
I am cause
of world disaster.
My carbon sins destroy Earth’s nature.
Solutions lie in legislature,
where laws must strive to regulate
our rights to eat and copulate.

Too long our comforts plague the air.
The planet suffers — it is not fair.
Molecules that drive our breath
have multiplied to speed our death.
Our duty lies in transformation,
using false imagination,
void of researched practicality,
ignoring basics of reality.

Forgive me Gaia, I have sinned.
Forever will I make amends.

I feel so much better now.

January 26, 2020 5:49 pm

Trouble is that they don’t have enough real problems to worry about.

January 26, 2020 5:54 pm

The curse of psychology keeps right on giving.

Ian Coleman
January 26, 2020 5:55 pm

No one who feels real guilt goes around bragging about feeling guilty. No one readily admits to a sin he has actually committed unless he is sure he will be forgiven for it.

The real anxiety climate crisis activists feel is that they may be wrong. Tell them that life on Earth will end in twenty years and they beam with joy. Tell them that human beings will continue to advance and prosper far into the foreseeable future and they get quite agitated.

January 26, 2020 5:57 pm

Perhaps floating an ice cube in a glass of water might allay their fears a bit more and demonstrating Archimedes principle. “The water level remains the same when the ice cube melts. A floating object displaces an amount of water equal to its own weight. Since water expands when it freezes, one ounce of frozen water has a larger volume than one ounce of liquid water.”

January 26, 2020 6:12 pm

Pretty standard nowadays. Most university press releases have the “if you feel threatened by this, we provide counselling etc”. It’s probably to cover themselves a little so they aren’t sued by their students (irony).

Joel O'Bryan
January 26, 2020 6:42 pm

One word for those afflicted: Xanax

Because that one-word help requires they find professional mental health care, which they apparently are in desperate need of.

J Mac
January 26, 2020 7:39 pm

Poor Dears! Darby U should provide each one of the afflicted with their own ‘Widdle The Worrier’ doll! It will help them express their irrational fears and aid developing coping skills for the non-problem of Climate Change. Yep – ‘Widdle’ is a real ‘thing’….. UGH!

“Widdle the Worrier is a talking doll that gives your child tips and coping techniques every time you squeeze his tummy. Widdle is effective for role-playing and a fantastic teaching tool. He’s also really cute!”

Ian Coleman
January 26, 2020 7:39 pm

You said it straight, Allencic. I live in Alberta, and I was born in 1952. Everything about life has improved since I was born. The wealth even poor people enjoy here now was unheard of in the fifties. There have been enormous strides in general health and social equality for minorities.

And yes, the climate here has warmed, but this is a very good thing. I delivered newspapers after school in Red Deer in the sixties, and I remember weeklong cold snaps when the temperature was close to 40 below. There would still be ice on the Red Deer River on April !st. Now the winters are shorter and milder, but the summers have not become noticeably hotter.

You just can’t tell people that things are getting better, and will likely get better still. People just don’t seem to notice anything but discomfort and pain, so when these things inevitably happen, they distort people’s understanding of how pleasant most people’s lives are most of the time.

Greta Thunberg is just an anxious, chronically unhappy person. She wants us to panic. Not me. I’m going to have some more pumpkin pie and take a nap.

Joe Zeise
January 26, 2020 7:42 pm

The University of Derby would like to treat the student’s anxiety symptoms because the world, including the University, is telling them that Change Change, due to CO2 emissions, will set the globe on fire in 10 to 30 years.

The university has a STEM program, why not teach the the students the science of global warming/climate change. The students will learn some of the following and perhaps dispel their anxiety.
1) CO2 is 0.04% of the atmosphere.
2) The Vostok Ice Core shows CO2 lags Temperature in the various transitions from glacial/interglacial periods over the past 600,000 years.
3) The polar bears are thriving and increasing in population
4) Sea Level Rise is mostly due to land subsidence and not due to rising CO levels.
5) The earth is greening due to the fertilization effect of increasing CO2 in the atmosphere.
6) Greenhouse operators raise CO2 levels to over 1,000 ppm to improved plant growth.
Need more be said? There is a lot more.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Joe Zeise
January 26, 2020 11:12 pm

Someone recently told me very recently actual greenhouses use CO2 to keep them warm because CO2 radiates heat.

January 26, 2020 8:31 pm

The opening line needs a wee alteration:
Students and staff anxious about climate change will be repeatedly brainwashed until all anger, guilt and grief is forgotten.

John Raw
January 26, 2020 9:58 pm

What a tragic situation has arisen when our youth is being traumatised by the promise of imaginary anthropogenic climate change which will deprive them of a future! Mother Nature determines the climate….NOT humans! What a crime to expose them to this brainwashing!

January 26, 2020 10:47 pm

Claire Prowse .. a student in poetry …

Did Claire specialized in Prowse writing ?
This Daily Mail’s article is a farce (written in prose form).

January 26, 2020 11:00 pm

Time to defund non STEM courses. Bunch of thick snowflakes.

January 27, 2020 12:01 am

One student attending the therapy sessions, Claire Prowse, said climate change makes her feel like she is ‘not going to have a future’.

She told the BBC: ‘It makes me very anxious because every time I look at the news I rarely see any good news about the environment.

‘It just makes me think I’m not going to have a future.’

The big issue here is mobile phones / tablets / PC’s.

I imagine most of these impressionable young people read the news on their phones etc. They get fed the news instead of seeking out the news. I call this the “Amazon issue”.

The Amazon Issue happens when you buy a book off Amazon called something like “How to be a Climate Crusader and Defeat All Those Naughty D****rs”*.

Amazon then bombards you with “Because you bought “How to be a climate crusader”, you may like “How to Join Extinction Rebellion Whilst not Feeling Guilty About Your Huuuuuuuge Carbon Footprint”*

So people are receiving suggestions that reinforce their existing beliefs rather than challenging their beliefs.

Exactly the same thing happens with news on your phone etc. You read one piece of “news” about “Love Island” and all of a sudden your phone thinks your interested in “Dancing on Ice” and insists on removing news about Brexit in favour of fluff pieces about irrelevant “news”.

*These books may not exist, although they probably do.

David Dirkse
January 27, 2020 1:56 am

This is the backside of human consciousness: religious madness, a more accurate term then eco-anxiety.

Sebastian Magee
January 27, 2020 6:20 am

“She said she felt ‘guilty’ because she does not have the power to ‘change’ the climate situation.”
Why would she feel guilt about something she cant do anything about. If she cant do anything about it, it de facto means she is not responsible… of course rationality is not their strong point.

Bill Powers
Reply to  Sebastian Magee
January 27, 2020 12:39 pm

We can move her from anx to suicidal by pointing out that, despite all the bluster and Horror Stories by these bureaucrats and celebrities at these resort locations which feed her anxiety, there is nothing that governments can do about climate change. They are just as powerless as she it.

So she might just as well end it all now and contribute to the depopulation solution which started this whole “the world is coming to an end because humans burn fossil fuel” mythology to begin with.

Dale S
January 27, 2020 7:42 am

Instead of therapy, hand them the IPCC chapter on impacts, and ask them to find the part that claims they don’t have a future. This reckless anti-scientific alarmism is damaging and wearying.

January 27, 2020 8:33 am

Gone are the days of underwater basket weaving as course offerings. The modern replacement is a more in-tune waste-o-time.

Bill Powers
January 27, 2020 10:32 am

We need to establish Anx-cities in high northern climes for all these wounded psyches. Cold 10 months out of the year will help them stave off Global warming. A horse in every barn and wood burning stoves in every kitchen will allow them to feel good about themselves as they freeze their arses off and dream about a warming planet.

January 27, 2020 12:37 pm

Sounds to me as though instead of offering the precious little dears therpy, their Turd Level educators ought to be offering them a can of harden the fcuk up in the refectory for breakfast.
…or if one must offer the snowflakes therapy and cup-cakes, at least get it from this guy:

Edith Wenzel
January 28, 2020 10:20 pm

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January 29, 2020 8:49 am

She told the BBC: ‘It makes me very anxious because every time I look at the news I rarely see any good news about the environment.
The solution is easy. She doesn’t need therapy. All she needs is someone to tell her to stop watching the BBC or reading papers like the Guardian. And stop listening to Greeting (in the Scottish sense) Thundermountain. And play John McEnroe’s immortal words over and over again whenever she hears GT droning on and on and on.

Johann Wundersamer
February 7, 2020 9:56 pm

Yet another zero-problem:

“She told the BBC: ‘It makes me very anxious because every time I look at the news I rarely see any good news about the environment.

‘It just makes me think I’m not going to have a future.’

Another attendee, Nicola Grigg, added that climate change made her feel ‘isolated and lonely’.

She said she felt ‘guilty’ because she does not have the power to ‘change’ the climate situation.”

And the solution – Stop.Watching.BBC.

Johann Wundersamer
February 7, 2020 10:09 pm

Some ~12 years ago I wrote an email to the BBC radio editorial about some nutrition / climate change article they brought.

Obviously they didn’t enjoy my contribution, their sole reply was some “understand, we don’t answere nonBrit listeners.”

Good advice not to communicate with BBC. Better about BBC.

By the way,

Face palm...sigh
Reply to  Johann Wundersamer
February 7, 2020 10:20 pm

Well maybe the BBC should not air outside the tv licensed UK would suit their charter.

Johann Wundersamer
February 7, 2020 11:03 pm

They are running art therapy sessions for those suffering ‘eco anxiety’ – an issue brought to the forefront of public attention by 17-year-old activist Greta Thunberg (pictured) +3


They are running art therapy sessions for those suffering ‘eco anxiety’ – an issue brought to the forefront of public attention by 17-year-old activist Greta Thunberg (pictured)

Previous studies have shown that nearly two-thirds of people are concerned about climate change.

Researchers commissioned by renewables firm Good Energy surveyed 2,000 British adults about their awareness of the climate crisis.

They found that 61 per cent of people are growing more concerned about climate change.

Fear about the future has prompted thousands of Britons to make lifestyle changes, such as by reducing their plastic consumption.


There’s that problem with the “plastic consumption” addicts.


But the researchers found that better choices to address the issue exist, these include switching to renewable energy, eating less meat and flying less.


“plastic consumption” addicts, unprepared for “eating less meat and flying less.”


Forty two per cent of respondents said that they were unclear which actions they could take to make the most positive difference.

The top change people assumed would help the environment was cutting down on their plastic waste — but this action, the researchers warned, does little in fact to lower an individual’s carbon footprint.

In contrast, the most meaningful lifestyle changes — such as switching to a renewables-only energy tariff, flying less and cutting down on meat consumption — were only top of around four per cent of people’s list.



Thousands of the world’s greatest scientists have joined together to declare that ‘untold human suffering’ is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities.

An alliance of more than 11,000 scientists signed a paper which declared the climate emergency and set out actions humans should take.

To limit the damage caused by humans’ greenhouse gas emissions the paper called for control of the global population, which is growing by 200,000 people a day.


The moment

“They [ started ] running art therapy sessions for those suffering ‘eco anxiety’ – an issue brought to the forefront of public attention by 17-year-old activist Greta Thunberg (pictured)”

could have been the Great Begin “To limit the damage caused by humans’ greenhouse gas emissions BY controlling of the global population, which is growing by 200,000 people a day.”


– Extinction Activism – don’t contribute to global population growth, when there’s art therapy sessions !”

The global group was led by William J. Ripple professor of ecology at Oregon State University and researcher Christopher Wolf.

Professor Ripple. Go ahead. That’s the way to do it !

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