Gloomy Climate Activists

We’ve mentioned that we subscribe to Esquire 1, yes?

Among the varied reasons we do so is the occasional inadvertent black humor pieces the monthly publishes. After all, you have to admit the (presumptive) end of the world has its funny side…

Among climate activists, gloom is building. Jim Driscoll of the National Institute for Peer Support just finished a study of a group of longtime activists whose most frequently reported feeling was sadness, followed by fear and anger. Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a practicing psychiatrist and graduate of Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth slide-show training, calls this “pretraumatic” stress. “So many of us are exhibiting all the signs and symptoms of posttraumatic disorder—the anger, the panic, the obsessive intrusive thoughts.” Leading activist Gillian Caldwell went public with her “climate trauma,” as she called it, quitting the group she helped build and posting an article called “16 Tips for Avoiding Climate Burnout,” in which she suggests compartmentalization: “Reinforce boundaries between professional work and personal life. It is very hard to switch from the riveting force of apocalyptic predictions at work to home, where the problems are petty by comparison.”

Pretraumatic stress?

No offense, climate dudes, but that’s called life.


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  1. For i.) the free samples of overpriced men’s cologne and ii.) the excellent articles.

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