"They call it climate anxiety – a sense of dread, gloom and almost
paralysing helplessness that is rising as we come to terms with the
greatest existential challenge of our generation, or any generation.
Now an increasing number of psychologists believe the trauma that is a
consequence of climate breakdown is also one of the biggest obstacles in
the struggle to take action against rising greenhouse gas emissions.
There is a growing sense that this trauma needs a therapeutic response
to help people beyond paralysis and into action.
A deep sense of dread and vertiginous anxiety may be the most rational
response to the dizzying pace of the climate breakdown in 2020, but it
is seldom the most helpful when it comes to affecting change on the
scale needed to limit the unfolding crisis.
Caroline Hickman, a psychology lecturer at the University of Bath, says
climate trauma has been lurking within western society’s collective
psyche for the last 40 years, rendering most people unable to act on the
looming crisis we have known for decades would come."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics