The World Health Organization’s Climate Neurosis
Measles cases are spiking globally. More than 1,000 monkeypox cases have been reported in 29 countries, and children around the world are developing hepatitis for unknown reasons.
And what is the World Health Organization focused on? Climate change, naturally. [bold, links added]
The WHO on Friday published a report on the potential mental-health impact of climate change, and better see your psychiatrist before it’s too late.
“There are gaps in understanding the impact of climate change on mental health and psychosocial well-being, but current knowledge is sufficient to act!” the 16-page report says.
When do knowledge gaps ever stop climate lobbyists from demanding that governments grab more power?
Colorful graphics explain that “witnessing changes and damage to landscape and ecosystems” and “awareness of climate change and extreme weather events and their impacts” could lead to strained social relationships, anxiety, depression, intimate partner violence, helplessness, suicidal behavior, and alcohol and substance abuse, among other things.
Yes, the WHO has found a way to link climate change to every social problem under the sun.
The WHO says many young people report feeling “impairing distress,” perhaps due to alarmist news stories.
“Various terms have emerged to describe these responses, particularly among youth affected by climate change, including climate change anxiety, solastalgia, eco-anxiety, environmental distress, ecological grief, and climate-related psychological distress,” the report says.
Believe it or not, some therapists report they are seeing more young patients afflicted by paralyzing climate dread.
A recent study in The Lancet reported that 45% of young people surveyed in 10 mostly higher and upper-middle-income countries said their feelings about climate change hurt their daily functioning.
Maybe the WHO could do a public-health service by informing young people that the world isn’t doomed. Ah, but its goal is to persuade wealthy countries to give it more money.
The WHO knows that mental illness has become a hot issue in the West in the wake of Covid lockdowns, which it supported. Now it sees a new opportunity to expand its brief, which could be a money-maker for decades.
The WHO lost credibility after being late to raise alarms about Covid and then helping China whitewash an investigation into its origins.
Like many bureaucracies, it wants to expand its authority despite failing in its core responsibilities.
Pictured above: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
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