July 13, 2014 7:03 AM Subscribe
I need help dealing with my anxiety over climate change. I need help figuring out how I can help. It's a bit more complex than that, but not much.
posted by anonymous to Science & Nature (31 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a lifelong environmentalist and and former science educator. Within the next few years, I intend to go back to science education/writing/communication. I have a small child, who is under a year old. I already willingly live as low-impact a life as I can possibly live in my circumstances. If I go back into my field, I believe I can make a bit of a difference. When I was doing science education before, I think I made a difference then. (FYI it was informal education. I do not have a teaching degree.)
I'm fully aware of how awful the problems are. So I don't need anyone to respond, "Sorry, but we're doomed." That is, emphatically, the least helpful response possible. (I also am not looking for climate denialism.) As bad as the situation is, I do think there is hope. But I need help identifying the forms that hope comes in, and hanging on to that hope. I am an anxious, apocalyptic thinker in the best of circumstances. Stuff like this makes me melt down, sometimes. To the point where I can't eat, can't sleep, etc. (Yes, I am in therapy.)
It kind of helps that many of my friends are actively involved in the battle. One of them started a sustainable clothing nonprofit. One of them went back to school to help with the Bee Issue. One of them is back at school doing permaculture studies. One of them works building/designing "green" cars. That's all very inspirational. Several of them are a lot smarter than I am, so I respect their beliefs that they can really help the world.
Before I had my baby, I was intensely into this issue, and had been since I was a very small child. Now, I am willing to hand my life over for any chance that I can help. I have no intention of giving up, but I really need to know that anything is worth doing. I need to know who are the people who are really getting things done. I need to know how to help them. I need to know what conservation/mitigation/adaptation strategies appear to be doing some good, and how I can support or promote them.
Thanks for any advice.