"As we write this article, the Delta strain of COVID-19 is reminding the world
the pandemic is far from over, with millions of Australians in lockdown and
infection rates outpacing a global vaccination effort.
In the northern hemisphere, record breaking temperatures in the form of heat
domes recently caused uncontrollable "firebombs", while unprecedented floods
disrupted millions of people. Hundreds of lives have been lost due to heat
stress, drownings and fire.
The twin catastrophic threats of climate change and a pandemic have created an
"epoch of incredulity". It's not surprising many Australians are struggling to
During the pandemic's first wave in 2020, we collected nationwide data from
5,483 adults across Australia on how climate change affects their mental
health. In our new paper, we found that while Australians are concerned about
COVID-19, they were almost three times more concerned about climate change.
That Australians are very worried about climate change is not a new finding.
But our study goes further, warning of an impending epidemic of mental health
related disorders such as eco-anxiety, climate disaster-related post traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD), and future-orientated despair."
Via Robert Sanscartier.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics