Thursday , October 6 2022

Save our mind by saving the world


This does not stop people from thinking that I owe them a debate. Recently he called me an "absolute innocent dupe" for a delicious man who sent me a message asking for a "chat": on Christmas Eve, no less.

Meanwhile, in the real world, people have no doubt about the existence of climate change, as they live through it.

I just returned from a two week vacation in Tasmania with my family. One of the rangers in the Tasmanian peninsula told us that fifteen years ago he was a fisherman working in Fortescue Bay and he captured a variety of fish, including barracuda.

In the last 12 years, most fish have disappeared due to destruction of the habitat: an increase of 2 Celsius in the average salt water temperature has caused the death of most of the forest Kelp giant, which has provided crop forests for many species of fish.

NSW sprouts drank the remaining kelp species and the sea temperature was now hot enough to reproduce in the Tasmanian waters.

The East Australian Current – famous for the Pixar movie Finding Nemo – It's used to stop near Eden on the south coast of NSW, but now it went through the Tasman Island. This reduced the tropical fish of the Great Barrier Reef, but as soon as the currents moved and the cold water of the Antarctic went out, the fish died. This year was especially bad, but our ranger said he had been watching dead tropical fish on the beach for the last four or five years.

Marlin and Dory mount turtles along the eastern Australian stream in search of Nemo.

Marlin and Dory mount turtles along the eastern Australian stream in search of Nemo.Credit:Disney-Pixar

The ranger also talked about the impact on the community. Many young people had grown up hoping to join the family's fishing business, but this future was ripped off. The few lucky ones had found work doing tourists to see the cliffs and the wild seals.

In Fortescue Bay there are far fewer fishing boats these days, and those that remain tend to target species like the kingfish that were never found in Tasmania.

This is not a case of a guide that explains high stories to entertain the viewers: the University of Tasmania research checks your account. Increasing the change in the East Australian Current in the context of global ocean warming means that Tasmanian waters warm up four times faster than the rest of the world.

The giant kelp forest reaches 95% due to the warming of the water, and the researchers study the remaining giant kelp to see if it can be rehabilitated.

In addition to the migration of longest seabirds in northernmost states, warmer waters have also contributed to diseases that threaten the oyster industry in Tasmania. And a public science project called Red Map that documents the spread of species due to climate change is full of exotic fish observations in Tasmania.

There are stories of this type around the world: the details change, but the general issues are constant. Discussions about climate change can be abstract at the planetary level, but locally everything is done.

It is a natural human reaction that escapes the grim reality of what's happening and what's in store. It protects us from falling into the most destructive of states: despair.

Perhaps this explains the denial of climate change to a certain extent, although I also blame deliberate disinformation of the created interests and attention seekers that have turned this issue into another front of cultural wars.

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But denial is not a widespread vision. The Lowy Institute Institute's 2018 survey found that 59% of Australians believe climate change is a "serious and urgent problem," while 84% say that the government should focus Be it in renewable energy even if it requires expenses. Climate change was described as a "critical threat" to the nation, with only North Korea's terrorism and nuclear program classified in the country's list of concerns.

However, even those who accept science on climate change tend to share our fears for the future in order to work day by day.

It means that we live with cognitive dissonance: mental discomfort or psychological stress that comes from believing two or more contradictory ideas at the same time. This favors our mental health and leaves us less able to face the challenges of life, while at the same time we face our problems.

The antidote is action.

A series of studies for many years suggest that activism and volunteering are one of the best things we can do for our mental health. Fortunately, it is also one of the best things we can do for the planet.

Although most scientists say it's too late to avoid or reverse climate change completely, they also say that we can mitigate the damage and avoid the worst.

I also urge you to go out and enjoy the beauty of our natural world because we act from a love place and it is not afraid. This is especially important for parents: we teach our children to fall in love with the world before pressing them on how it is broken.

We stop leaving people as hypocrites asking for actions on climate change but continue eating meat or flying in airplanes or owning a mobile phone. It may be more convenient to hurt the messenger instead of listening to the message, but waiting for perfect humans is doomed to failure. Acting on climate change is not all or nothing: there is a big difference between the heating of 1.5C or 4C and we have to change the dial collectively.

Arguing with people about whether climate change is real is a dangerous distraction. Just keep doing something about it.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons is the associate editor of The Sol-Herald and a columnist. Facebook: @ caitlinfitzsimmons

Caitlin Fitzsimmons is the associate editor of The Sun-Herald and a columnist.

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