Internationales Zentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften (IZEW)


Should psychology prescribe activism as the remedy for climate depression?

new blog-article by Weronika Kałwak

The global climate change and associated degradation of the natural environment contribute to the deterioration of socio-economic and geopolitical affairs in numerous world regions. This means that not only are we facing a global and local rise of average temperatures, extreme heatwaves, floods, and droughts. We are also dealing with resulting bankruptcies in agriculture, mass migration and civil conflicts due to the shortage of water resources etc. Thus, the climate crisis consists of an entanglement of the facts of nature and of human affairs. This shows that human communities depend on the balance in natural environments. The imbalance, resulting from e.g. excessive anthropogenic CO2 emissions, is a threat not only to our wellbeing, but also to our health and survival. It is a challenge to mental health as well.