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HIGHLIGHTING HOW CLIMATE CRISIS IS AFFECTING PEOPLE'S MENTAL HEALTH CALLING FOR ACTION

Jennifer says she realized action was needed urgently and she no longer had the passion or motivation to continue studying the effects. Her PhD on melting ice sheets and changing sea levels had taken her to Antarctica, Scandinavia, and the USA but it was while leading a workshop for primary school children in Glasgow that she began to question what she was doing. She put her career on hold in order to take more direct action but she found the scale of the challenge overwhelming.
Jennifer is one of a growing number of people who have experienced "eco-anxiety" - a chronic sense of hopelessness and fear of environmental doom. It presented itself as depression and anxiety," she says. She felt completely paralyzed and often unable to get out of bed. It was during what she describes as her "eco-grief" that 33-year-old Jennifer decided she could not have children.


She says: "I don't feel like I can have children, because a) the world can't cope and b) I would feel guilty bringing any child into this world."

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  • Edwin wangombe

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    It's true to say that climate change has affected the entirety of humanity including their mental health... It's important we talk about it and make solutions

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    • Edwin wangombe

      49 w

      This is really important and other media houses should adopt this system where they show the adversity of climate change on people and the ecosystems...

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      • winnie nguru

        49 w

        Eco-anxiety is real. Most if not all people experience it.

        • We Don't Have Time

          49 w

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          • Munene Mugambi

            50 w

            Climate change has affected all aspects of our lives

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            • Kevin

              50 w

              Climate change effects have a very huge toll on mental health

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              • Kihm Francis

                50 w

                Majority we are affected 😭

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                • rosebellendiritu

                  49 w

                  @frankoh_kihm_080 true and now imagine of a planet of mentally unstable people.

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