Dealing with environmental problems doesn’t mean concerning just how to save oceans and clean the air, but also provide a healthy life for us and the future generations on this planet, both physically and mentally. Even if it’s unquestionably true that every little effort that we all can make could win the day, most of the pollution isn’t something controlled by ordinary citizens (merely think about the destructive Common Agriculture Policy). This sensation of impossibility produces a huge and new type of anxiety, a feature of our times: Eco-anxiety.
It mostly affects young people, who are told to fight for the planet. But the thought of having just seven years left until we reach the tipping point for the earth as said by the ONU and the consciousness of not being those in charge, adding the acknowledgement of their not-listened most popular leader, Greta Thunberg, provides a feeling of denial and worry. They start by thinking that there’s nothing they can do and end with an uncontrollable fear of the future.
The most common symptoms are insomnia, due to the sight of an unavoidable fate, irritation and frustration toward people who don’t understand the menace of climate change and put no effort, difficult in concentreting, existential dread, chronic anxiety, depression and panic attacks with the addition of shame of their own carbon footprint and post-traumatic stress after experiencing effects of climate change.
CO2 doesn’t just damage our lungs, it destroys our minds.