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Ecoanxiety: “Is there a glimmer of hope for the next generation?”
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Do you think we are safe from the climate crisis? If so, then how about our next generation? Most people today have considered themselves an exception to the risk of climate change. It already comes in our real life, however, not just stipulated in the textbook as an abstract, superficial concept. The unprecedented downpour which is worse than in recorded history and a series of typhoons that we have suffered recently are compelling evidence of this. On top of that, there is still no measurable action until now, that can enlighten people and change the destiny of the world. Under these circumstances, the number of people who are seriously concerned about the future is increasing. We call this common symptom ‘Ecoanxiety’.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), the definition of ‘Ecoanxiety’ is ‘a chronic fear of environmental doom’. The concept of ecoanxiety was first introduced in 2011 by Dr. Doherty, a climate psychologist. It was an uncommon symptom at that time, but over the past 11 years, as the abnormal climate phenomenon has become even more frequent, the number of patients who complain of this symptom has escalated.In an interview, Thomas. J. Doherty said that “the stress about devastated earth is a really heavy weight for the people who suffered from the ecoanxiety. In extreme cases, they cannot sleep, have difficulty when they are eating and feel depressed” “the sad part of this is that people feel it is not okay to be happy, and just enjoy their own life since they feel guilty”, he added.Most of these symptoms happen in the younger generation since they are highly alarming to the future where their children would live in. An environmentalist, whose name is Megan, said that she often has dreamt about forest fires and many other chaotic situations that were outside of her control, and she even feels it is not right to have a child because the world would be a horrible place to live for the next generations.

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 Do you think we are safe from the climate crisis? If so, then how about the next generation? Most people today have considered themselves an exception to the risk of climate change. It already comes in our real life, however, not just stipulated in the textbook as an abstract, superficial concept. The unprecedented rise in global annual precipitation and a series of typhoons that we have suffered from recently are compelling evidence of this. On top of that, until now, there is still no measurable action that can enlighten people and change the ecological destiny of the world. Under these circumstances, the number of people who are seriously concerned about the future is increasing. We call this common symptom, “ecoanxiety.

 According to the American Psychological Association (APA), the definition of ecoanxiety is a chronic fear of environmental doom. The concept of ecoanxiety was first introduced in 2011 by Dr. Thomas. J. Doherty, a climate psychologist. It was an uncommon symptom at that time, but over the past 11 years, as the abnormal climate phenomenon has become even more frequent, the number of patients who complain of this symptom has escalated.

 In an interview, Dr. Doherty said that “the stress about devastated earth is a really heavy weight for the people who suffered from the ecoanxiety. In extreme cases, they cannot sleep, have difficulty when they are eating and feel depressed.” The sad part of this is that people feel it is not okay to be happy, and just enjoy their own life since they feel guilty,” he added.

 Most of these symptoms happen in the younger generation since they are highly alarmed about the future where their children would live in. An environmentalist named Megan said that she often has dreamt about forest fires and many other chaotic situations that were outside of her control, and she even feels it is not right to have a child because the world would be a horrible place to live for the next generations.

 It is true that this kind of dreary sentiment is currently widespread, tragically. At the same time, however, it means that plenty of people consider the climate crisis as not just a problem of the polar bear, but also of humankind as well. If they gather and converse with a common hope and belief, relating to each other, there might be a glimmer of hope for the next generation.

 

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