Do you have eco-anxiety?
6 Minute English
Thu, August 10, 2023
Podchat Summary

Climate Change and Eco-Anxiety: The Impact on Human Health

Climate change is not only wreaking havoc on the planet's health, but it is also taking a toll on human well-being. In this episode, we delve into the concept of eco-anxiety and its profound effects on individuals.

Eco-anxiety is a condition characterized by feelings of grief, guilt, fear, or hopelessness about the future of the planet due to climate change. It is a psychological response to the overwhelming environmental challenges we face.

Unfortunately, the impact of climate change on human health goes beyond eco-anxiety. Direct victims of climate change, such as flood survivors and those exposed to polluted air, often suffer from depression, anxiety, and even higher risks of dementia.

Surprisingly, even reading about the state of the planet in the news can contribute to stress and anxiety. The Institute of Psychiatrists has found that the constant bombardment of alarming headlines can take a toll on our mental well-being.

While people of all ages can experience eco-anxiety, young individuals are particularly affected. They see the future as theirs and are motivated to take action. However, this burden can be overwhelming.

Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate eco-anxiety. Taking action to combat climate change can reduce feelings of helplessness and anxiety. By joining a movement and actively being part of the solution, individuals can find solace and purpose.

Recent polls have shown that the majority of people are worried about climate change and are willing to make changes in their lives. This collective concern provides hope and a sense of unity in the face of a global crisis.

As we explore the complex relationship between climate change and human health, we also bring you a heartwarming story. The earless grassland dragon, a lizard native to East Australia, has recently been spotted for the first time in over 50 years. This rediscovery serves as a reminder that conservation efforts can yield positive outcomes.

Join us in this episode as we delve into the impact of climate change on human health, the rise of eco-anxiety, and the importance of taking action to combat this global crisis.

Original Show Notes
A growing number around the world are experiencing something called 'eco-anxiety'.
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