Global Climate Strike | Fight for Our Future
I want to talk about a part of the climate emergency, which disproportionately affects my generation, that isn't acknowledged.
Ecoanxiety and depression. It may sound ridiculous, but more and more young people are being terrified when they look up ahead. Including me.
It can be hard to justify living in a bleak world sometimes. Two weeks ago, I called a suicide crisis line. I had spent my day reading articles on natural disasters, the gate of our planet, the millions of people who are dying or will die...I was overwhelmed. Saw no way out. I distinctly remember telling the counselor on the other end of the line, "what's the point in living to die? If I was gone, maybe the Earth would stand a better chance." And to her credit, the counselor pointed out perhaps the greatest flaw in my logic. If I'm so pained by the climate disaster, that puts me in the best position to do something about it. I'm a biologist. I have passion. And I care too deeply. It's powerful. But I'll live and fight for my future. It's the only way I can be sure we fight and I want to be here for that, no matter how scary that may be.
And I'm not alone in feeling this bleak dread, whether or not my depression is contributing or not. Young people are in fear for their lives, and now is the time to act.