If Typical Summer Weather Is Making You Loopy, You Could Be Suffering From “Eco-Cult-Anxiety”

This is the kind of thing that doomsday cult members and their pet media are worried about. Not enough to actually make massive changes in their own lives, such as giving up fossil fueled travel, moving into a tiny home, installing solar panels which cost $10k+, doing away with ice makers, hand washing clothes and line drying them, replacing their AC with fans, and so much more

If you feel that the world’s environment is doomed after the raging summer of hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, you could be suffering from ‘eco-anxiety’

Jennie Ferrara’s husband brought home the newspaper one day because he thought the front-page story would interest his wife. Instead, it almost made her faint.

The year was 2008, and some of the leading oil companies in the world were announcing plans to extract more oil from Canada’s tar sands – a move that would prove detrimental to the environment.

Ferrara, who is originally from Texas but lives in Denmark, had felt pessimistic about the environment for many years, but the headline that day tipped her over the edge.

“When I looked, just looked, at the front page, I practically went comatose,” Ferrara recalled to Insider.

“It feels like you’re suddenly zooming in on something, your body goes a bit numb and everything around you goes quiet … You lose all energy and question your will to live,” she said.

Ferrara was experiencing a form of so-called “eco-anxiety” – a term that’s officially been defined by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) ​​as “the chronic fear of environmental doom.”

She is among a growing number of people who have found that the rapidly declining state of the planet is impacting their mental health.

According to the latest research, “eco-anxiety” is more present than ever.

A recent survey published by Yale University found that more than 40% of Americans felt “helpless” about the state of the planet. And according to a 2020 poll by the APA, more than half of Americans said they were somewhat or extremely anxious about the impact of climate change on their own mental health.

You know, if this was about the environment, it might make a bit of sense. But, the climate is not the environment, because the climate is always going to change, and a 1.5F increase in global temperatures since 1850 is not a big deal. Bad weather is always going to happen. What about when it brings on gorgeous weather? Are they freaked by that? Few are freaked enough to actually do something themselves, though. When the original environmental movement happened, yes, states and federal governments did look to pass wise environmental laws, ones that actually protected the environment while infringing on citizens as little as possible (it was later on that extremists got involved and over-stepped their mandates), but, citizens who cared made changes in their own lives. Now? People are very soft and don’t care to make any changes in their own lives.

“We’ve seen a growing number of people who are feeling an emotional response to what’s happening by living in such a changing world,” Leslie Davenport, a climate psychology consultant and therapist based in Tacoma, Washington, told Insider.

Davenport said that part of the reason behind the rise of “eco-dread” is that more people are realizing “how much climate change is impacting us on a personal level.”

It isn’t. Hurricanes happen. Heat waves happen. Wildfires happen (especially when forest management is terrible, there are more buildings in fire prone areas, and people intentionally and unintentionally set fires). Weather happens. Always had, always will. But, these climate cultists really have very little of big concern in their lives, so, they have to invent things to be loopy about, like microaggressions, social justice, and ‘climate change’ anxiety.

Some – like Ferrara – experience very strong physical sensations. They have difficulties breathing or feel like they’re having a heart attack, she said.

Others have more subtle symptoms – they cry randomly, can’t sleep at night, or often feel irritable and on edge.

People who act like 4 year olds should not be allowed to vote nor tell the government to pass laws that raise taxes and the cost of living, along with reducing freedom, liberty, and choice.

In 2019, climate activist Clover Hogan set up Force of Nature, which aims to tackle this. Her team teaches students aged 11-24 about the climate crisis to help them navigate their anxiety and realize their potential to get involved.

“At the end of the day, none of us are responsible or capable of solving the climate crisis alone. We’re not capable of changing it overnight. Yet what we are capable of changing overnight, is our mindset,” Hogan told Insider.

“If we can change the way that we think about the issues, if we can change the way that we respond to those emotions and rather than running away from them, hold space for them and think about the power of them to create change, the more empowered and agency we are going to feel.”

How about teaching them that this is no big deal, that the climate has flipped to warming multiple times in the Holocene alone, and that they should go live their lives and suck it up, things will be just fine? Oh, right, that would limit the ability to get people to get government to pass laws which will go on to control their own lives.

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12 Responses to “If Typical Summer Weather Is Making You Loopy, You Could Be Suffering From “Eco-Cult-Anxiety””

  1. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Teach: a 1.5F increase in global temperatures since 1850 is not a big deal

    Scientists disagree with you. The current warming trend, nearly 2F over the past century shows no sign of stopping. Teach’s claim that this has happened before during the Holocene is not supported by any credible evidence.

    • Alexandria says:

      This is terrifying, someone should do something.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Hey jill,

        Again with the twits, LOL. This popped up when the twit quote was Googled.

        In summary, the mid-Holocene, roughly 6,000 years ago, was generally warmer than today during summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In some locations, this could be true for winter as well. Moreover, we clearly know the cause of this natural warming, and we know without doubt that this proven “astronomical” climate forcing mechanism cannot be responsible for the warming over the last 100 years.

        And also the 1990 IPCC report“There is growing evidence that worldwide temperatures were higher than at present during the mid-Holocene (especially 5,000-6,000 BP) at least in summer, though carbon dioxide levels appear to have been quite similar to those of the pre-industrial era at this time (Section 1). Thus parts of western Europe, China, Japan, the eastern U.S.A. were a few degrees warmer in July during the mid-Holocene than in recent decades (Yoshino and Urushibaru, 1978; Webb et al 1987; Huntley and Prentice, 1988; Zhang and Wang, 1990).

        Has the mean global surface temperature increased since 1990? It has warmed 0.63 C in the past 30 years.

  2. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Teach typed: People who act like 4 year olds should not be allowed to vote

    This is a common refrain amongst nuCon/white nationalists – stifle the franchise of those with whom you disagree politically. Fortunately for Teach, but unfortunately for America, nuGOPher dominated state legislatures are working to suppress the vote of likely Democratic voters. This is one way autocratic minorities maintain rule.

    • TonyP says:

      Not one word of what you wrote is true. Very cute little words you made up, though.

      • Kye says:

        Elwood’s fuked up mental state and cognitive dissonance has beclowned him daily at this blog. Nothing he writes at this point is true. The shithead is a stone liar and spreader of anti American propaganda.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Indeed. One places words one after another to construct sentences. Words themselves are neither true nor false, they just are. Which “untrue” word grieves you the most? America? voters? autocratic?

        After all it was Teach who wanted to stifle voters with whom he disagrees. We support everyone voting, even autocratic nuCons.

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  4. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    The first study shows the Mediterranean area was warmer earlier than in 2020. No one was arguing otherwise.

    The ScienceUnderAttack blogger concluded that finding arrowheads in Norway proved that the Earth was warmer way back when.

    It seems unlikely that you read the actual journal article.

    Can you find where the actual authors reached the same conclusion as blogger, and by extension, you? Thanks.

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