Andrew Bryant is a clinical social worker in Seattle. He says recently, global warming has started coming up more and more in his therapy sessions with clients.
So to connect people to helpful resources, he started a website called “Climate and Mind.” Since then, more people have started reaching out to him.
“People have been contacting me from Seattle and also from different parts of the world looking for help or resources because they’re struggling with specifically climate anxiety and depression and trauma,” he says.
Bryant encourages people to acknowledge and reflect on their emotions about global warming.
“Just noticing in themselves and their bodies and in their ideas and thoughts: how are they experiencing the impacts of climate change, and the idea of what the future’s going to hold?” he says.
Then, he says, it helps to talk about those feelings and connect with others who share the same concerns.
People may then be ready to act, whether that’s reducing their own carbon pollution or taking political action.
“We can take an action that’s right for us and that helps us feel empowered and engaged with the world and not helpless,” he says.
So he says confronting one’s feelings about global warming can help people feel better and become more powerful agents of change.
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