Norvergence provides an overview of the current and projected climate change risks and impacts on mental health. Our writer also recommends priority actions to address the mental health consequences of climate change.
Humanity is in a state of debit. Days after days, it consumes more resources than nature can provide. This cause of such exploitation creates a big threat for our planet in the form of climate change, a defining issue of our time.
It is already observed climate change everywhere – in weather patterns, across farmland throughout plant and animal habitats. The fact is its impact invaded all part of our daily life most importantly environmental aspects, biodiversity and economic slowing down.
In the context, it is equally important to study how it affects mental health and economic structure.
Case-1 – Decline in food supply – future threat
The backbone of country’s economy is Agriculture and it is deeply intertwined to climate change philosophy. The effects of global warming on food supply are dire, whilst world population is increasing. The demand for food is increasing day by day though the shortage is already recorded in many countries. Apparently these countries are worst affected by draught. In first case, poor are getting poorer and we need to outline the mental stability of these people. Obviously they would have lost what they expected to be their income. Hence the investment in agricultural sector is at risk unless government backs them with strong financial policies. In addition to this case, the expected production of food
- Agricultural farmers as investors
- Country’s Economy
Case-2 – Loss of Biodiversity and Species Extinction
It is now widely recognized that climate change and biodiversity are interconnected. Biodiversity is declining faster than at any time in human history, a million species on the brink. The fact is Biodiversity and biodiversity-based ecosystems services are intrinsically dependent on the climate. The philosophy climate change and biodiversity loss is linked as shown in figure-1. The biodiversity loss is not only degrading environmental aspects, but also largely on natural resource and end up with complete depletion. Climate change impacts are in part due to how we have altered land use. Turning natural areas into cities or agricultural fields not only diminishes biodiversity, but can make warming worse by chopping down trees and plants that help cool the planet. Several countries are implementing many sustainable projects and strategies to cope up with biodiversity loss and changing their policy towards deforestation.
Case-3 Air Pollution A Threat To Environmental Aspects
We all have to breathe to live. But the air we breathe is polluted both outdoors and indoors. Each year, this pollution costs 7 million lives across the globe – and a lot of suffering. 1 in 8 deaths is due to air pollution. Pollution may muddy landscapes, poison soils and waterways, or kill plants and animals. Humans are also regularly harmed by pollution.
Long-term exposure to air pollution, for example, can lead to chronic respiratory disease, lung cancer and other diseases. There is thus far insufficient evidence that air pollution causes mental health problems. Exposure to air pollutants has been measured variably across papers. While some studies have used land use registries to identify areas of industry, and estimates based on nearest nodal measurement taken from large international datasets, others have used less sophisticated methods to approximate air pollution exposure including distance from major roads to participants’ residence.
Associations between specific mental disorders and air pollution
Psychosis Mental health in childhood and older people
Considering the above facts, climate change has made a huge impact in Economy and mental health of common people particularly poor countries. But the main contributor of climate crisis is upfront to deny climate crisis as they do not have direct economic impact and dumping waste in poor countries for claiming recycling. In fact rich countries are buying developing countries with cheap cost compare to the investing in recycling project in own country as it is sustainable according to the recycling policy. The worst affected part in this process is Ocean thus Marine Life.
According to studies, Sea level is rising and Ice melting in Antarctica, even just by a few centimeters, even a few millimeters – is going to start flooding low lying communities worldwide, so many towns and cities are almost at level at this point. The reason for Ice melting in Antarctica is undoubtedly increasing in temperature, in word global warming. Scientists have investigated many possible causes of global warming, and have found that accumulation in the atmosphere of greenhouse gases, especially those resulting from humans burning fossil fuels, is the predominant cause. Thus we have a conclusive evidence for who is the culprit of global warming which is certainly resulting in climate change and what is the outcome and who is suffering?
Ask and find a solution to overcome the future threat and work together to achieve it.