The Great Grief: How To Cope with Losing Our World
So many humans don’t want to think about the future. These people have the attitude ‘well, I won’t be here, so why should I care.’ But there are some of us that feel the pain of this dying planet as part of our very being, deep in our core, in every fiber, heartbeat, touch, scent, breath, and sound…and we think about what it will be like for future generations. I personally am glad that I will not be here to witness it in another 30 or 40 years. I feel for all the children being born now, or those that were born in the past 10 or 20 years, because this world is on a downward spiral and I don’t think it will be a pleasant place in the future. Sure, some things are being done to undo the damage, but profit and greed is an evil that is hard to beat down, and overpopulation is a very troubling issue. I don’t see the world being fixed for several generations or more, if ever. I fear it will get much worse before it gets better. For those of us that are sensitive to the Earth’s plight, it is hard to deal with and can be overwhelming at times. Here is a great article, for which I cannot take credit, but wish to share:
Climate scientists overwhelmingly say that we will face unprecedented warming in the coming decades. Those same scientists, just like you or I, struggle with the emotions that are evoked by these facts and dire projections. My children—who are now 12 and 16—may live in a world warmer than at any time in the previous 3 million years, and may face challenges that we are only just beginning to contemplate, and in many ways may be deprived of the rich, diverse world we grew up in. How do we relate to – and live – with this sad knowledge?
Across different populations, psychological researchers have documented a long list of mental health consequences of climate change: trauma, shock, stress, anxiety, depression, complicated grief, strains on social relationships, substance abuse, sense of hopelessness, fatalism, resignation, loss of autonomy and sense of control, as well as a loss of personal and occupational identity.
To continue reading click here: The Great Grief by Per Espen Stoknes