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The Issue

As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Climate change has created a global mental health crisis. Due to both direct (e.g. extreme heat, hurricanes, desertification, displacement) and indirect (knowledge and awareness of the crisis) impacts of the climate crisis, people are experiencing climate emotions and mental health issues.

But, the direct impacts of climate change are not equal. People living in the Global South and predominately communities of color in the United States, who also often face environmental racism, disproportionately are affected by climate change and have less access to resources to address the mental health consequences of systemic environmental racism and climate disasters.

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Hands Together

200 Million 

200 million people in the US are at risk for climate-mental health issues & 64% are worried about climate change.

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40%

40% percent of youth worldwide are hesitant to have children because of climate change. 




 


 

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9

Only 9 of 95 countries surveyed in 2021 by the World Health Organization have mental health included in their national health and climate programs.

 

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9,000-40,000

By 2050, 9,000-40,000 more people  in Mexico & the US could die by suicide due to increased temperatures.

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Source: World Health Organization's Mental Health and Climate Change Policy Brief  

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