Climate change is wreaking havoc on our mental health, experts

May 4, 2016 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

The historic Calgary flood of 2013 took the lives of five people and displaced tens of thousands. When the waters retreated the city looked like a war zone. Cars and waste were strewn everywhere and the Calgary Stampede grounds and the Saddledome arena were closed

The historic Calgary flood of 2013 took the lives of five people and displaced tens of thousands. When the waters retreated the city looked like a war zone. Cars and waste were strewn everywhere and the Calgary Stampede grounds and the Saddledome arena were closed

Signs of mental distress related to climate change have appeared in vulnerable populations, from drought-stricken prairie farmers to isolated aboriginal communities and the scientists who crunch climate data.

Our fast-changing climate has long been identified as a threat to physical health, but more psychologists are warning that the mental health impacts and the economic toll they take are real, likely to spread and need closer study.

“We may not currently be thinking about how heavy the toll on our psyche will be, but, before long, we will know only too well,” warned a 2012 report from the U.S. National Wildlife Federation.

It predicted that cases of mental and social disorders will rise steeply as the signs of climate change become clearer and more frequent, and as more people are directly affected by heat waves, drought and other extreme events that put pressure on clean water resources, food prices and public infrastructure.

Read Climate change is wreaking havoc on our mental health, experts by Tyler Hamilton at The Star.

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Entry filed under: Climate, Health/Wellness, Heart/Soul, Resilience.

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