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(Original post by It's****ingWOODY)
People who realise there's no point in worrying about something you can't do anything about and that you're an idiot if you do so. Have some control over your own brain, man...
I don't know which part of your comment is the most ridiculous.
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Have some control over your own brain, man...
i generally agree with what you say, but "anxiety" is more times than often illogical. It's just human nature, I don't know how you could manage to "control your brain" anyway.😂
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I know it sounds self-absorbed and/or narcissistic, but if it doesn't directly impact me or the people I know, then I don't care that much. Life's too short to care about something you can't change personally, especially when most people couldn't give a toss. I do want this world to be less polluted, but realistically and inevitably, the world will succumb to global warming, it just so happens it probably won't be in our lifetime or our children's or our childrens' children.
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No, not really. I have bigger things to worry about than the changing climate right now.
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(Original post by XKangaotiCX)
I know it sounds self-absorbed and/or narcissistic, but if it doesn't directly impact me or the people I know, then I don't care that much. Life's too short to care about something you can't change personally, especially when most people couldn't give a toss. I do want this world to be less polluted, but realistically and inevitably, the world will succumb to global warming, it just so happens it probably won't be in our lifetime or our children's or our childrens' children.
That isn't self-absorbed or narcissistic; it's actually just realistic and human. You can't care about every bad thing that is happening in the world, especially when it has no meaningful impact on you
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(Original post by Obolinda)
i generally agree with what you say, but "anxiety" is more times than often illogical. It's just human nature, I don't know how you could manage to "control your brain" anyway.😂
I wasn't aware I suffered from anxiety. But then again, I suppose lots of people who have it don't know it.
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I wasn't aware I suffered from anxiety. But then again, I suppose lots of people who have it don't know it.
When I mentioned "anxiety", I was talking about the general state of feeling anxious. Not an anxiety disorder, btw. Are u talking about a diagnosed disorder? in any case, I agree
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(Original post by Kinyonga)
I don't know which part of your comment is the most ridiculous.
Likewise with yours. Ignorant comments beget ignorant replies.
(Original post by Obolinda)
i generally agree with what you say, but "anxiety" is more times than often illogical. It's just human nature, I don't know how you could manage to "control your brain" anyway.😂
The way I wrote the comment was flippant, I totally acknowledge that, but Kinyonga's post was incredibly flippant itself which compelled me to respond in kind. In either case, any behavioural therapist specialising in anxiety disorders will have you practising having more control over your own thoughts, it's the first step in improving your condition. As you pointed out, thoughts that trigger anxiety are often irrational in nature, irrational being the perfect word to describe climate change anxiety. So you can have more control over your thoughts by challenging those thoughts that make no logical sense. If anyone with climate change anxiety did this then they'd eventually get over the anxiety of it.
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One thing people reported was a feeling of helplessness, as they are only one person and it's the reliance on others to make a real change for the environment, which I can relate to.
It's exactly this that makes it give me no anxiety whatsoever. If I can't do anything about something I stop caring really fast.
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Well you don’t need to worry not gonna happen in your lifetime
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In the same sense I'm worried about the Earth eventually running out of hydrogen.
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One of humanity's best qualities is the ability to adapt to pretty much any situation, but it would take years and years (far beyond my lifetime) to adapt to climate change imo. I'm worried more about the generations that will come after us.
It's already taken place in an enormous way and will continue to do so. Climatic events used to cause many, many more deaths. Advanced societies, however, are increasingly immune to food shortages and disasters like floods and hurricanes. Even compared to the relatively recent past, deaths from these have dwindled to a fraction of what they were.

As much as the less developed world is contributing to climate change, that is a symptom of its economic growth - which in turn makes these societies much, much more resilient.
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(Original post by It's****ingWOODY)
Likewise with yours. Ignorant comments beget ignorant replies.

The way I wrote the comment was flippant, I totally acknowledge that, but Kinyonga's post was incredibly flippant itself which compelled me to respond in kind. In either case, any behavioural therapist specialising in anxiety disorders will have you practising having more control over your own thoughts, it's the first step in improving your condition. As you pointed out, thoughts that trigger anxiety are often irrational in nature, irrational being the perfect word to describe climate change anxiety. So you can have more control over your thoughts by challenging those thoughts that make no logical sense. If anyone with climate change anxiety did this then they'd eventually get over the anxiety of it.
I wouldn't say either of our posts were ignorant, but flippant could certainly be used to describe them. I generally decide against responding to people on the internet who appear to radically disagree with me, as such discussions usually end up being nothing but a waste of time (possibly of course just because my arguments are hopeless).
Nonetheless, just to clarify my stance on this - I do not suffer from any kind of anxiety as to the state or fate of the world. I do however feel that the direction it's currently going in (politically, environmentally...) is to be deplored, and I also feel that we can individually do something about it. And I, for one, to not intend to stand by and watch the things I most care for go up in smoke.
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(Original post by -Eirlys-)
"Psychologists report a rise in people suffering from climate change anxiety or eco-anxiety."

See more here.


They spoke about this on Radio 1 yesterday.

Is this something you resonate with? Do you think that eco-anxiety isn't a legitimate issue to be concerned about? Share your thoughts.
I thought most people did not believe in Man-Made Global Warming.
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You can thank the Republican mafia party in the US and Mr Trump for consistently disseminating fake news.
(Original post by COCONUT321)
I thought most people did not believe in Man-Made Global Warming.
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(Original post by -Eirlys-)
One thing people reported was a feeling of helplessness, as they are only one person and it's the reliance on others to make a real change for the environment, which I can relate to.
It worries me too :hugs:

I'm surprised by some of the attitude here - "I'm one person who can't make a difference" - that makes me sad, we all have a role to play.

I think generally feels like consciousness is shifting around the planet and the impact our lifestyles are having.

The way I manage my worries about the planet is I buy local, as much as I can plastic free, take my own shopping bags, never buy plastic bottles, always have my own keepy cups on me.

The media have cottoned on to this now and have taken much more interest - some of feels a bit fake news, some of it legit depending on who is reporting and who is being interviewed/ the research being shared. This is a great opportunity to create a lot of fear and worry and make us feel small - like there is no point in trying to make it better.
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(Original post by L i b)
It's already taken place in an enormous way and will continue to do so. Climatic events used to cause many, many more deaths. Advanced societies, however, are increasingly immune to food shortages and disasters like floods and hurricanes. Even compared to the relatively recent past, deaths from these have dwindled to a fraction of what they were.

As much as the less developed world is contributing to climate change, that is a symptom of its economic growth - which in turn makes these societies much, much more resilient.
Advanced societies aren't immune to everything.Climate change is killing off species in a massive way.You think for example we can survive without bees or insects? Nope.They pollinate our crops and are worth millions to the economy.Same with the oceans.They provide half our oxygen.A billion people depend on fish for food.You kill everything in the ocean through warming temperatures then you kill humans too.Lots and lots of us.I don't know why people have this idea that we would survive perfectly well on our own.We actually depend on the natural world for everything.You kill off the natural world then we kill ourselves off too.Even if it were only effecting less developed societies what do you think would happen to all the refugees? They would come here.
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In the same sense I'm worried about the Earth eventually running out of hydrogen.
It can't run out of hydrogen.Hydrogen can be made from water.You'd need to get rid of the oceans for that.The sun however will one day run out.
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(Original post by -Eirlys-)
"Psychologists report a rise in people suffering from climate change anxiety or eco-anxiety."

See more here.


They spoke about this on Radio 1 yesterday.

Is this something you resonate with? Do you think that eco-anxiety isn't a legitimate issue to be concerned about? Share your thoughts.
Hopefully I'll be dead by the time the earth turns into a barren wasteland full of zombies :smug:
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I for one am quite excited for the next Ice Age, hope it hurries up before I become a fossil fuel.
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I wouldn't say its a diagnosed, serious anxiety as such as I do suffer from anxiety in my school life, and that therefore takes priority in my brain. However, it's definitely a concern...things like slowing down the impacts of climate change will only occur once the whole world commits to it and relies on each other - which I certainly cannot do on my own and no-one can as long as Donald Trump and China continue the way they are!
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