Climate change has been linked to a range of negative mental health impacts -- including depression, suicidal ideation, post-traumatic stress, as well as feelings of anger, hopelessness, distress, and despair. “The grief felt in relation to experienced or anticipated ecological losses, including the loss of species, ecosystems, and meaningful landscapes due to acute or chronic environmental change.” is termed ecological grief.
It’s been an open secret that “global warming” and “climate change” might not be the best phrases to get the public engaged. Most people, after all, think that warm weather sounds pretty nice. And “climate change” naturally lends itself to confusion; after all, deniers say, hasn’t the climate always been changing? (It has, but nowhere near this dramatically!) This is a long webcomic created by Randall Munroe, its worth the time to look through.
The most memorable moment of the stike was when I saw this young child who self initiated a conversation and teaching experience with her friends about why the school strike was taking place. I moved closer to listen and she was so accurate and passionate with her words. My response was a massive "Hope Bomb" that it might be that our little people get a real chance at life.
In the news
Merriam-Webster’s new additions included two compound nouns, climate change denial and climate change denier. The reason for their inclusion gives us a glimpse into the inner workings of the dictionary and the painstaking process of deciding what makes the cut.
“Traditionally, we limited the entries for compounds because we were always trying to conserve space in the printed dictionary,” Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor-at-large, wrote in an email. The online dictionary lifts this limitation, enabling more space for compounds like screen time and go-cup.
WA looks at climate change health impacts – Chief Health Officer’s Inquiry
The impact of climate change on the health of Western Australians will be considered in a broad-ranging inquiry into preparedness for the health impacts of climate change. The inquiry will include a review of the health system’s capacity to respond to the effects of climate change and investigate the health implications of more frequent and intense weather events.
Find out more:
Research and reports:
The Lancet Commission on global mental health and sustainable development
Mental health and our changing climate: Impacts, implications, and guidance - SOURCE(S): AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (APA)
State of the Climate 2018
Prepared by the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO, this report is a synthesis of the latest monitoring, science and projection information. It will help inform our understanding of the climate in Australia and, in particular, a range of economic, environmental and social decision-making and local vulnerability assessments, by government, industry and communities.
Find out more: http://www.bom.gov.au/state-of-the-climate/
WHO – COP24 Special Report: Health & Climate Change
This report is a contribution from the public health community to support the negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It includes global knowledge on the interconnection between climate change and health, initiatives and tools for a heathier, sustainable society and recommendations on maximising the health benefits of tackling climate change while avoiding the worst health impacts of this global challenge.
Find out more: https://www.who.int/globalchange/publications/COP24-report-health-climate-change/en/
State of the Environment 2018
Prepared by the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria, the report tells Victorians about the health of our environment – our land, our water, our air, and our ecosystems. Using 170 different scientific indicators, the report shows us where we’re doing well and where we need to improve. The report covers a range of topics including climate change impacts.
Find out more: https://www.ces.vic.gov.au/reports/state-environment-2018
Global Warming of 1.5 °C: An IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2018).
Find out more: https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/
The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change: The Lancet Commission Report (Swinburn et al 2019).
Find out more (access the report and other associated resources): https://www.worldobesity.org/what-we-do/projects/lancet-commission-on-obesity/lancet-commission-report-on-obesity
Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems: Food, Health, Planet: EAT Lancet Commission 2019.
Find out more: https://eatforum.org/content/uploads/2019/01/EAT-Lancet_Commission_Summary_Report.pdf
A conceptual framework for climate change, health and wellbeing in NSW, Australia. (Boylan et al 2018).
Find out more: http://www.phrp.com.au/issues/december-2018-volume-28-issue-4/a-conceptual-framework-for-climate-change-health-and-wellbeing-in-nsw-australia/
Lancet Countdown 2018 Report: Briefing for Australian Policymakers. (Behrens et al 2018)
Find out more: http://www.lancetcountdown.org/media/1394/2018-lancet-countdown-australia-policy-brief-final-for-upload.pdf
Anthropocene Transition Project
Shaping a Future We Want?
So what does the Anthropocene Transition mean for our communities of practice?
Mitigating our dangerous disruption of the biosphere and adapting to profound changes we can no longer avoid are now urgent priorities for all humanity. But what we could call ‘Anthropocene thinking’ looks beyond mitigation and adaptation to consider the transformation of seriously dysfunctional human cultures. This is the central task of the Anthropocene Transition. It is a transition away from professional and social practices and cultural values fundamentally at odds with the continuing viability of our species and many others as well.
Our ‘professional and social practices’ are all the activities, both paid and unpaid, in which specialised knowledge and skills are used to achieve socially and culturally valued outcomes. These activities are often collaborative in nature and usually involve some degree of critical reflection and collective learning. ‘Community of practice’ refers to the social and professional networks that link people involved in similar activities. It is through these activities and networks that most of us participate in both continuously reproducing and reinventing the institutions and values of our society. They are the ways in which we most directly contribute to shaping the future.
History teaches us that periods of transition are characterised by great intellectual ferment and social conflict. But these times when the old order strains and fractures can also be ages of great creativity, of intellectual and spiritual breakthroughs, of new cultural syntheses. This is the challenge of the Anthropocene Transition — to equip our communities, our professions, and our institutions with new tools for thinking, doing and learning.
When nothing is sure, everything is possible.
The objective of The Anthropocene Transition Project is to inspire and inform new thinking and experimentation in the redesign our professional and social practices.
These offer a transnational repository for relevant information, links to relevant research networks, and venues for discussion, analysis and the sharing of ideas.
Networking between researchers and communities of practice. The aim here is to link research networks with diverse areas of professional and social practice in order to stimulate, encourage, challenge and support new thinking and experimentation.
Regular forums/workshops for network participants and an on-going series of roundtables, potentially in different institutional or community settings. These gatherings will be the vehicle for co-learning, stretching our collective thinking, encouraging critical reflection, and building and maintaining networking processes
A Values Framework for the Anthropocene
As we set about preparing for the long-haul of the Anthropocene Transition we may feel the need to frame our experimentation. The following four principles are offered as anchors for our explorations:
1. Earth sovereignty
Sovereignty is a foundational concept for our systems of jurisprudence and international relations. But its expressions in the sovereignty of the nation state and the individual have become inimical to the viability of our own species and many others as well.
A new conception of sovereignty vested in the Earth and asserting the preeminence of respect for all life and the integrity of the biosphere has become a necessity. Such a definition of Earth sovereignty as prior to and more fundamental than human agency would provide a basis on which to reframe all our doctrines of authority, justice and responsible governance.
Eco-mutuality is a core relational principle that recognises the need to nurture and sustain a mutually enhancing human-Earth relationship as the very basis of human cultures. It incorporates the principle of equity but extends it beyond the sphere of social relations to embrace our inter-dependence with all living creatures and the eco-systems of which they are an integral part. Eco-mutuality transcends the essentially human-centred and utilitarian concept of sustainability to recognise the intrinsic value of all life within the wholeness of the Earth System.
Holism is an epistemic principle that emphasises the intrinsic coherence of complex systems and their emergent properties that cannot be understood from a knowledge of their parts. It implies that the system as a whole determines in important ways how the parts behave, even while the parts condition the nature of the whole. As an approach to inquiry and learning, holism does not displace other modes of knowing but transcends them and opens the door to a more creative engagement with change in complex systems at all levels from the planetary to the micro-organic.
4. Eco-social resilience
Resilience is the capacity of a system to absorb disruption and reorganise itself under conditions of turbulence and on-going change. Eco-social resilience must be a core organising principle for the Anthropocene Transition. It establishes eco-systemic integrity as a fundamental design criterion for human technologies, economies, habitats and systems of governance. Eco-social resilience focusses attention on the critical relationship between human systems and the eco-systems in which they are embedded and on whose vitality they ultimately depend. Within this context it values the preservation and enhancement of both social and ‘natural’ capital and favours distributed networked technologies with localised capability and control instead centralised, capital intensive systems.
source - https://www.ageoftransition.org/our-project