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Eco-anxiety: the great discomfort of ecological youth




by Yves-Landry Kouame » 19/03/21, 15:19

Information overload, fake news, dramatization, ecological news has received particular attention from the media in recent years. Drowned in a deluge of information, ecology continues to unleash passions and create strong anxiety, to the point that it begins to develop in many young people, symptoms of eco-anxiety.

The media battles on subjects which affect the future of humanity are obvious. Whether it is a question of politics, economy, education, social inequalities and especially ecology, the media have been, for a long time but even more today, real levers of various intellectual productions. Several postures are expressed by often distilling more bias of understanding than clarification in the ordinary citizen. This reality, coupled with the strong will to act among young people, in the face of the climate emergency, subtly generalizes a great discomfort with eco-anxiety.

Eco-anxiety: what is it?

Those who have the privilege of knowing have a duty to act. This idea of ​​Einstein passes today for the leitmotif of millions of young people engaged around the world. They are from Generation Y and Z, enjoy an overflowing wealth of information and demonstrate a clearly greater ecological awareness than that of past generations. Their positions, whether on the Internet or during formal meetings such as the COP, reveal anger, fear of the future and indignation. They make their voices heard wherever the opportunity is given to them and when this is not the case, they create opportunities for rebellion: “Friday for Future!” They chant every Friday to claim a virtuous future. But this fear of the future, although legitimate, at the same time generates a feeling of eco-anxiety. Indeed, outside of major events, when they are in front of television, at school, with their families, these young people do not feel any sign of hope for the planet in constant degeneration. They are eaten away by eco-anxiety, loneliness or even the discomfort of being on a planet that is literally burning at an infernal rate, because of our actions. They thus develop the fear of what humanity will be in 10, 20, 30 years ...

This blow of the blues leads to self-guilt, an ill-being maintained by the fear of a decidedly dire future on the one hand and the despair of a doomed struggle on the other.

The weight of over-information and preconceived ideas


The ice cap has reached its point of no return in Greenland. Even if we succeed in curbing climate change, this part of the sea ice will remain unrecoverable. Was such a scenario preventable? Is this a first in history?

The attempts to explain this kind of climatic catastrophe go in all directions. The received ideas are generously distilled and are extremely viral. Choosing the most relevant information in this infobesity becomes the real challenge. It is difficult in this 21st century to get a fair idea of ​​ecological news, because of the media which have established themselves over time as real levers for the moralization of society. It is no longer a question of just giving information to inform actions. The media space has become for many actors, the agora of great expertise, as varied and controversial as they may be. Opposite, there are young consumers who are increasingly anxious and afraid of what is announced for our planet within 100 years.

In this era, where the exaggeration of facts and causes sells better, the pleasure of learning and cultivating quickly turns into anxiety. On the controversial question of meat consumption, for example, two years ago, the host Nagui brought livestock professionals out of their silence, when he affirmed on television that red meat polluted more than anything else. transport sector. It thus awakened an old debate which had opposed FAO statistics on livestock to IPCC statistics on transport. The share of emissions from the livestock sector, taking into account direct and indirect emissions, appeared to be greater than the share of emissions from transport in circulation. This comparison, rejected several times but still popular, should not have been done according to some experts, given that the two studies were not based on the same methods of calculation. Young people thus and routinely attend media forums that hyperbolize and extrapolate facts, inherently helping to lower their morale.

Heavy facts and entourage

Drowned in a deluge of alarmist information, ecology continues to unleash passions and create strong anxiety, to the point that it begins to develop in many young people who do not lead wider like Beatrice, symptoms of 'eco-anxiety.

Like Greta Thunberg, Béatrice became aware very early on of the impact of her activities on ecosystems. It follows environmental news and knows what its ecological footprint consists of. On social media, she is interested in all the tips that could help her reduce her impact on ecosystems, but she feels like she is doing little. As she works to cut down on her meat intake, she regularly receives videos from her vegan friend, Rebecca, disturbingly showing the treatment of animals in slaughterhouses and explaining the toxicity of raising cattle. Yesterday, she was following the nuclear debate with George after watching a documentary on melting glaciers. A few months ago, Mamadou told her that the phone she has held for two years and which cost her her savings, comes from the mines in Congo and the exploitation of children.

She who loves chocolate, the investigation into Ivorian cocoa, revealing the exploitation of children, made her lose her appetite for derivatives of this raw material. Troubled, she wants to do her part to revolutionize the world because, like the Hummingbird, she believes in the action of small daily gestures. Every day, she lives with the desire to do better but feels guilty for not being able to do more. This Sunday, after consulting an article on the population explosion, she made an important decision: join the ideology carried by the GINKS (Green Inclinations No Kids) movement. This movement advocates the renunciation of the idea of ​​procreating. Because she wants to preserve the planet from other mouths to feed and other bodies to clothe, Béatrice has decided not to have children. Also, last week, she could not go to the walk for the climate because she was tired and not too motivated.

Beatrice makes an effort but every time she tries to follow the environmental news her morale takes a hit. She ultimately feels useless despite her gourd, her organic-oriented food, her bulk purchases, the choice of local and artisanal products, her ecological activism and her resolve not to have children. Beatrice actually suffers from eco-anxiety. Her friends ironically call her “organic lady”. This pressure from the environmental cause has turned into social pressure and materializes in her appalling bigotry when she goes to a shopping center, a supermarket and even when she goes to local artisans. To free herself from this state, Béatrice must be better informed, take a step back and perhaps learn to appreciate her youth in a different way.

Learn more and take a step back to act better

There are thousands of “Beatrice” today, these young people, affected by the apocalyptic information and whose morale drops each time a rise in the earth's temperature is announced. They feed off calibrated information on actually larger topics and often unknowingly develop signs of eco-anxiety that prevent them from living and exercising a right commitment. To cure it, taking a distance from the information synthesized in the online press is proving to be an important avenue.

Freeing yourself from media influence is not the ultimate solution. It would even be missing out on essential engagement data. On the other hand, we could integrate some predispositions. One of the first things to understand is that the good news is not spread. On the other hand, bad news quickly goes around the world because it provokes more reactions. The second element to integrate is that when we do not document ourselves in the light of several sources on the subject that interests us, we risk just being in the know instead of understanding. The third element to integrate is that as much the news can be marked by the same event giving the effect of urgency, as much it can convey false information which by force of repetition gives the same effect. It is also important to keep in mind that one has the right to think, question, follow and not follow.

Every citizen has the right to choose his way of getting involved. All contributions, whether media, scientific or political should be in line with the diversity of beliefs and leave margins for citizens to make up their own mind. Because if the objective aimed for several years by the media, is to arouse a feeling of guilt in the young people in order to push them to act better, the result remains very mixed. Indeed, in spite of the media contribution for the awakening of the ecological conscience of the young people by the means of appalling messages, the habits remain consumerist. Young people are therefore ecologically conscious, but many are these young people who no longer see the point of depriving themselves of certain consumption habits, since in any case, the media overwhelmingly announce the ecological apocalypse on all continents. It's time to change strategy.

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by Forhorse » 20/03/21, 08:02

Go one more climate skeptic on the forum... I think we will have to rename the site eventually because in view of all the subjects of this kind that abound on the forum, we are now a long way from the idea that motivated its creation.
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by eclectron » 20/03/21, 08:39

Yves-Landry Kouamé wrote:Because if the objective aimed for several years by the media, is to arouse a feeling of guilt in the young people in order to push them to act better, the result remains very mixed.

The media have no intention of "arousing a feeling of guilt in young people in order to push them to act better"
The goal of the media is to create a buzz to sell (their soup).
Fear is one of the best hooks, that's all.
And it turns out that some truths have an effect on brains less corrupted by life.
There is absolutely no consistency in the editorial lines of the media.
In the same newscast, we will congratulate ourselves on the stock market which took 3 points and will lament a polar bear looking for its ice floes, without making the link between cause and effect ...

It is precisely this lack of coherence, this hypocrisy, this apathy of the media and of society as a whole that revolts or anguishes young people. And is right!

No need to come up with the "discourse of the law with a different opinion", indeed very often advanced by the skeptics, to try to justify the incoherence, the inaction of our company, vis-a-vis current stakes.
There are some sufficiently significant and indisputable facts: RCA and the scarcity of fossil fuels (not to say resources in general, even renewables), to justify being coherent, demanding action, demanding a coherent society.
Yes, when we are young we have the right to complain.
Older, we have a right, even a duty, to act.

Anxiety comes from the feeling of powerlessness to be able to significantly change things.
Only action can overcome this anxiety.

I'm afraid the right to a different opinion claimed here is called denial.

I retain "Those who have the privilege of knowing have the duty to act".
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by Exnihiloest » 20/03/21, 18:29

Yves-Landry Kouamé wrote:...
Every citizen has the right to choose his way of getting involved. All contributions, whether media, scientific or political should be in line with the diversity of beliefs and leave margins for citizens to make up their own mind. Because if the objective aimed for several years by the media, is to arouse a feeling of guilt in the young people in order to push them to act better, the result remains very mixed. Indeed, in spite of the media contribution for the awakening of the ecological conscience of the young people by the means of appalling messages, the habits remain consumerist. Young people are therefore ecologically conscious, but many are these young people who no longer see the point of depriving themselves of certain consumption habits, since in any case, the media overwhelmingly announce the ecological apocalypse on all continents. It's time to change strategy.

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If ecologism were a positive movement, to find innovative technological solutions that are less polluting but also effective, or to show by example how to live more ecologically, it would not create anxiety, people would appropriate the solutions spontaneously or would follow suit without stress.

But ecologism is none of that, it is not ecology. It is a politico-religious ideological current whose ecology is only the pretext. And this current is constantly proselytizing. However, to gather members, to stir up fear of the future by claiming that ecologism has solutions, this is the method. Catholicism has used it for centuries, exacerbating the fear of hell, it works.

Ecologism therefore artificially creates the gravity of the problems in order to place its solutions there, that is to say to place the dogma that it wants the world to follow. Rare problems are claimed to be ubiquitous, benign problems are blighted, problems are even created out of thin air when there are none.
Obviously, all of this has an impact on the psychology of people who are weak in critical thinking or unsuitable for society and who want their revenge. They do not realize how much they are manipulated, and they do not at all relativize that the disadvantages of the current more or less polluting solutions are the flip side of the advantages from which they benefit, in particular by their standard of living, while the so-called solution resulting from ecological dogma will want them to renounce it even when the advantage / disadvantage ratio is largely in favor of the old solutions.
This is how we saw in Australia an environmental movement to ban or reduce the traditional preventive fires in the bush, because of birds, with the consequence that huge fires were then started, killing not only many more people. 'birds but in addition to humans. Seen from the environment, it's all good, the more fires there are, the more they can cause fear.

The only solutions of environmentalism are "you needed this, you used this, we will deprive you of it". It is not solving problems by developing solutions, it is removing problems. But these problems were the drawbacks of solutions put in place to meet our needs and other more serious problems, which in turn keep coming back. A regression because of the environmental movement is a real risk much more worrying than global warming.

Besides that there are activities made with a really ecological perspective by people concerned about the environment, who think that ecology passes above all through individual action, they show the example, but it is not them. that we hear.
Unfortunately those we hear are the politicized screamers, like the fanatic Greta, Al Gore and company, the champions of manipulation by fear, and here all their conditioned followers, the champions of allegiance to dogma.
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by Exnihiloest » 20/03/21, 18:48

Forhorse wrote:Go one more climate skeptic on the forum... I think we will have to rename the site eventually because in view of all the subjects of this kind that abound on the forum, we are now a long way from the idea that motivated its creation.

The idea may have been messed up and needs to be reworked. It's like the idea of ​​communism, very good at the beginning, and then we saw the damage in the USSR or in China. Unlike in the days of communism, today everyone can express themselves easily on forum and social networks, speech can no longer be monopolized by a party, too bad for the environment, eh?
It is quite positive that there are critical people here who are able to see the flaws in a rising ideology before it does the same damage that communism has done. Freedom of expression helps awaken open and undecided minds, and guarantees diversity of points of view. As for blindness and a priori, there it will not be able to do anything but these are the vociferous minorities of whom I spoke above, the fundamentalists, those we hear a lot but who do nothing except vociferate, which are obviously not to awaken, to the impossible no one is required, but to eliminate politically. Especially if we care about ecology.
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by eclectron » 20/03/21, 19:18

Exnihiloest wrote:
Yves-Landry Kouamé wrote:...
Every citizen has the right to choose his way of getting involved. All contributions, whether media, scientific or political should be in line with the diversity of beliefs and leave margins for citizens to make up their own mind. Because if the objective aimed for several years by the media, is to arouse a feeling of guilt in the young people in order to push them to act better, the result remains very mixed. Indeed, in spite of the media contribution for the awakening of the ecological conscience of the young people by the means of appalling messages, the habits remain consumerist. Young people are therefore ecologically conscious, but many are these young people who no longer see the point of depriving themselves of certain consumption habits, since in any case, the media overwhelmingly announce the ecological apocalypse on all continents. It's time to change strategy.

Yves-Landry Kouame

If ecologism were a positive movement, to find innovative technological solutions that are less polluting but also effective, or to show by example how to live more ecologically, it would not create anxiety, people would appropriate the solutions spontaneously or would follow suit without stress.

But ecologism is none of that, it is not ecology. It is a politico-religious ideological current whose ecology is only the pretext. And this current is constantly proselytizing. However, to gather members, to stir up fear of the future by claiming that ecologism has solutions, this is the method. Catholicism has used it for centuries, exacerbating the fear of hell, it works.

Ecologism therefore artificially creates the gravity of the problems in order to place its solutions there, that is to say to place the dogma that it wants the world to follow. Rare problems are claimed to be ubiquitous, benign problems are blighted, problems are even created out of thin air when there are none.
Obviously, all of this has an impact on the psychology of people who are weak in critical thinking or unsuitable for society and who want their revenge. They do not realize how much they are manipulated, and they do not at all relativize that the disadvantages of the current more or less polluting solutions are the flip side of the advantages from which they benefit, in particular by their standard of living, while the so-called solution resulting from ecological dogma will want them to renounce it even when the advantage / disadvantage ratio is largely in favor of the old solutions.
This is how we saw in Australia an environmental movement to ban or reduce the traditional preventive fires in the bush, because of birds, with the consequence that huge fires were then started, killing not only many more people. 'birds but in addition to humans. Seen from the environment, it's all good, the more fires there are, the more they can cause fear.

The only solutions of environmentalism are "you needed this, you used this, we will deprive you of it". It is not solving problems by developing solutions, it is removing problems. But these problems were the drawbacks of solutions put in place to meet our needs and other more serious problems, which in turn keep coming back. A regression because of the environmental movement is a real risk much more worrying than global warming.

Besides that there are activities made with a really ecological perspective by people concerned about the environment, who think that ecology passes above all through individual action, they show the example, but it is not them. that we hear.
Unfortunately those we hear are the politicized screamers, like the fanatic Greta, Al Gore and company, the champions of manipulation by fear, and here all their conditioned followers, the champions of allegiance to dogma.

What do you propose in front of the green demon?
What do you propose to manage the finiteness of fossils (and all : Mrgreen: )?
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by Forhorse » 20/03/21, 19:35

he proposes to do the ostrich, nothing more.
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by eclectron » 20/03/21, 19:59

Forhorse wrote:he proposes to do the ostrich, nothing more.

Yes but I want him to say it : Lol: : Lol: : Lol:

He will say to let the market go, to give the people free initiative to solve the problem.
But as the problem is structural, due to the capitalist system, individual action is not enough, we need group action.
Clearly make a group of people with an ecological spirit, carrying out ecological actions.
A group that could be called the environmental party? : Lol: : Lol: : Lol:
Ah, not easy to justify the inconsistencies of liberalism ... : roll:
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by ABC2019 » 21/03/21, 08:24

eclectron wrote:There are some sufficiently significant and indisputable facts: RCA and the scarcity of fossil fuels

it is in itself inconsistent to say that the two are indisputable, since they are contradictory. If there is a scarcity of fossil fuels in the near future, that will necessarily limit the RCA to modest values.
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by eclectron » 21/03/21, 08:45

ABC2019 wrote:
eclectron wrote:There are some sufficiently significant and indisputable facts: RCA and the scarcity of fossil fuels

it is in itself inconsistent to say that the two are indisputable, since they are contradictory. If there is a scarcity of fossil fuels in the near future, that will necessarily limit the RCA to modest values.

What do you take in the morning? Stop right away, it causes "2-ball reasoning".
Today there is no RCA?
Today there is no more fossil fuels?
Basically we're halfway through the fossil fuel stockpile, so RCA is not going to end anytime soon, which you know for a fact.
Then your subjective and above ground considerations, serious or not serious RCA as long as not millions of dead stamped RCA, I leave you at your breakfast ... : roll:
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