Thus, I rather cringe when a skeptic makes such an accusation full-throated, with no qualifiers, demurrers, or exceptions noted. Well sure, some of the catastrophists' motives seem a bit overwrought, and you can find examples of completely emotional appeals if you look for them, but that's not a fair summary of the whole group.
Okay, then. Is the National Wildlife Federation mainstream and respectable enough for you? Because this is from page 1 of their new report, "The Psychological Effects of Global Warming On The United States," and it is flipping insane. The nasty accusation holds, dammit.
Having the reality of the destructive forces presented by climate change fully register with people, so they will to act with the needed urgency, is indeed a challenge. And, while the physical and environmental effects of global warming are studied and described, what has rarely been addressed, and is as compelling a topic as any, are the psychological impacts.Where to begin?
This report aims both to fill in the gap in our awareness of the psychological impacts of climate change, and by exposing the emotional side of the issue, to find the place in our hearts that mobilizes us to fly into action, forewarned, determined, relentless. It also is a call for professionals in the mental health fields to focus on this, the social justice issue of all times, with their capacity to work through denial and apathy, to bring insight and commitment before it is too late.
The language of science is, admittedly, not a stirring call to action. Scientists are by nature cautious, and restrained. While this report does not aim to present the forum participants as flame throwers, for this work to accomplish a primary goal, the reader will need to feel something in reading it. The language used here, and some of the questions asked, may feel uncomfortably probing, as they pierce our armor. After all, most of us want to be patriotic, to be optimist about the future. But we need to fully confront certain realities.
If we continue the adolescent-like disregard for the dangers we are being warned of, driving green house gasses up with only casual concern, there will be consequences. As our world begins to unravel and our role is undeniable, all eyes will be on us.
Questions beg to be asked: • What will the rest of the world think of us? • Where will we be safe? • How will we feel about ourselves?
If you have loud voices in your head telling you you are scum that deserves to die, or are so depressed that you are literally unable to bother to get out of bed to go to the toilet, how exactly is global warming a remotely important psychological issue? Hell, if your real mental health problems are even one-tenth that bad, how is AGW even on the list of worries for the day?
They want the reality to register so we will act with urgency. They hope we find the place in our hearts that mobilizes us to fly into action, forewarned, determined, relentless. Yhis is the social justice issue of all times. And one of the questions that asks to be begged - I'm sorry, begs to be asked - is "How will we feel about ourselves?"
Let me explain this to you. Look just above the questions, last line: all eyes will be on us. There are dual and treble meanings there, for someone to make that statement. Turn that over in your mind.