Upset About How Bad Climate Change or the Environment Will Become? Feeling a Sense of Climate or Environmental Doom? Read this!
This page contains vital information on healing climate change-related negative emotional states and stress. In addition, about once a year, we co-sponsor a free Zoom workshop and gathering. In 2021, 2,800 people signed up for it.
This year, over 1,800 have signed up for this May 10, 2022, new climate Zoom workshop as of April 29, 2022. So if you see this in time, click here to sign up for the May 10, 2022, Zoom workshop.
This page is designed to help the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who feel any of the following:
climate resignation, or even climate apathy about our seemingly out-of-control global warming emergency.
This page and website are also designed to help those who are experiencing environmental grief, environmental worry, environmental anger, environmental anxiety, environmental sadness, environmental fear, environmental depression, environmental defeat, environmental collapse, environmental extinction, environmental doom, environmental resignation, or even environmental apathy about our many major global environmental crises.
Until one processes any of the above climate or environmental emotions in a healthy way, one may continue to feel diminished or upset by them. This page will provide:
a. tools to process those emotions,
b. strategies to put your feelings in a better place.
There is a lot of horrible news to digest about the climate and environmental crises. Anyone who realizes that our governments are not doing enough to save us from unthinkable suffering will naturally experience climate and environmental sadness, anger, depression, anxiety, etc. But what can you do about this emotional funk?
In the following materials, you will be able to start your healing process, see the many surprising benefits of this crisis, and possibly even join us for our next online support group session.
How to manage distressing climate and environmental emotions
For the last 12 years, the Job One for Humanity staff has had to digest all the dreadful climate and environmental news. To get our team emotionally through it, we learned about and began using something called the Kubler Ross model of change. This emotional management model helped our team deal with all of the challenging and painful emotions that today's painful environmental news evokes.
We felt it would be irresponsible to leave our website members and visitors without this and the other good tools (linked below) to manage the intense, often negative feelings that our climate and environmental emergency can create. Accordingly, we are providing the following images and tools that should help you come to better and more balanced emotional terms with the harsh new realities of accelerating global warming and environmental damages.
Here's how these climate and environmental caused emotional reactions, transitions, and healings usually begin and look for most people:
1. If you're like most people, what you have learned about the climate and environmental emergency will cause you to initially react with denial and shock.
2. If you have the tenacity to explore more concerning how bad our governments have let these emeergencies become, you will likely also become frustrated and angry at "how could our politicians and governments ever allow this to happen.
3. If you continue examing the facts of the climate and environmental emergency and its solutions, you will most likely then enter into a bargaining or experimenting phase to find some way to deal with such disturbing and disruptive information on your life and future.
4. If you continue verifying the facts of the climate and environmental emergency as well as it's honest but difficult and painful solutions, you will most likely next enter into a transitional feeling of grief or depression.
5. As you work your way through your grief or depression, you will eventually come to a level of acceptance of what is scientifically accurate.
A bit more about the Kubler Ross Model emotional management model
The five primary emotional transition levels above are vital parts of the Kubler Ross model. Over time, this model is a useful tool to help you deal with the climate and environmental denial, anger, fear, grief, or anxiety that any healthy person would experience once they truly realize the current nature of our emergencies.
The Kubler Ross model is used to help people deal with the medical news that they are going to die. But, it still has powerful relevance here.
This is true because as you wrestle with the new climate and environmental realities, you will most likely go through these five emotional phases over and over again. You will do this in numerous waves until you finally reach a profound and deeply stable state of acceptance, peace, and hopefully motivation to do whatever you can to reduce this threat.
When you finally realize how bad our climate and environmenatal emergency is --- the challenging emotional effects are a real thing! If you don't believe us, please click here to read about a new report only on the climate side issues called, The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the United States and Why the U.S. Mental Health Care System Is Not Adequately Prepared.
Reaching necessary emotional acceptance and getting into action
Once you reach a level of emotional acceptance for what you have learned about the climate and environmental emergency, you will be more ready and willing to get into action to help resolve them. You also will find yourself being better prepared to make new decisions on how to adapt and integrate this critical information into your life and business.
Once one reaches the critical state of emotional acceptance of what one is facing, most mature adults do as they have done for millennia. They accept those things that they cannot change and they start finding ways to adapt to them.
To adapt to the climate and environmental consequences that are now unavoidable, you might begin emergency preparations. This way, you will be better able to protect yourself, your family, and your business as well as wisely maximize the chances of staying out of harm's way. (There are many climate and environmental emergency preparation and adaptation steps found in Parts one and two of the Job One Plan.)
Once most mature adults accept the painful truths of the current climate and environmental emergency, they get busy working on whatever they still can do to improve it. We at Job One for Humanity have found that the single best thing to do to help minimize the fear, emotional pain, or anger, etc in the fastest possible way for the climate emergency, is to get busy on the action steps of part three and part four of the Job One Plan.
This action-strategy works even if you have not fully reached the acceptance level of your emotional recovery. This action-strategy works even if you decide to direct your attention to parts one and part two of the Job One Plan.
The Job One Plan's many action steps proactively focus your attention on what can still be done about both the climate and the environment. This focus on the needed activities also redirects your available attention away from the negatives (once they have served their purpose of redirecting you toward getting busy on helping resolve these emergencies.)
When most individuals read about how severe our current emergencies are, they quite naturally, feel overwhelmed, and a sense of powerlessness. This powerlessness occurs in addition to the typical denial, anger, fear, or anxiety, etc they feel.
Feeling overwhelmed and powerless can often be worse than the other painful emotions one usually experiences. The best good news here is that when one begins practical and known-to-be-effective action steps, one regains a new measure of control over their situation. Once you are back in action, many of the negative emotions diminish substantially, disappear altogether or, only reappear when you need to be re-motivated back into action.
As you continue to understand the scale of our climate and environmental emergency, you may also come to realize that our lives and our children's lives could be far shorter than we ever imagined. But that still can be changed if we immediately work together to manage these challenges!
Group Support and Therapy
In addition to individualized therapy, another powerful tool that is appearing spontaneously around the world is global warming support groups. Private individuals, professionals as well as religious and educational groups are already setting up global warming extinction support groups. These groups are where people can find emotional support in getting through the many painful realizations evoked by the global warming extinction emergency.
Therapy support groups also can help you work through having the painful realization that humanity is in the worst existential crisis in its history and, we do not have much time left (until 2025,) to effectively prevent the die-off of much of humanity by mid-century. Therapy or support groups can also help get or keep you motivated to do whatever you can on the action steps of the Job One or similar plans.
If you create or know of one of these climate or environmental support groups let us know at [email protected] so we can post it on our website with the other climate and environmental support group listings. (We just helped promote a climate emotional support Zoon call on August 7, 2021, where over 2,400 people signed up. We will also be doing another soon with a different organization.)
Two last super-powerful emotional recovery tips and the surprising hidden benefits behind painful climate and environmental emotions and consequences
1. Not everything about our climate emergency is emotionally disheartening. There are many surprising benefits to this emergency. Click here to read the single most read page on our website and these many benefits. At Job One we review this list regularly to maintain the mental well-being of our own staff. We also discovered that regular review of this good news and benefits list was critical to keeping our volunteers, positive, on-mission, and maintaining their motivation.
2. If you are of a spiritual nature and you would like to expand your emotional and spiritual support as we go through the hard times ahead, please click here. It will take you to our sister website Universe Spirit where you can explore Evolution Spirituality, an open-source, science-grounded new form of personalizable spiritual practice and eco-spirituality.
And finally, no matter how bad you may still feel about the current climate emergency and the other global environmental crises before us and their many consequences, the best way that we have found to balance out the negative emotions is to get into action and get started on what you still can do within the Job One Plan or something similar to it.
Additional Supportive Materials
For a super-powerful new video that we highly recommend for emotional and spiritual support due to global warming or environmental emotional upset, click here.
We can still maintain the perseverance needed to succeed in this monumental recovery task by regularly reviewing the many benefits which will occur as we work successfully together. Although we are now in what could be called a Great Global Collapse process triggered by accelerating global warming and environmental degradation, this collapse process will eventually offer equal to (or even greater than) long-term benefits in the form of a potential Great Global Rebirth beyond the coming suffering and loss.
On this benefit page (that has been read almost 2 million times,) and then on this other critical global warming benefit page, you will find the many often hidden surprise benefits of the climate and environmental challenge. You also will find a framework and the possibilities for what could be called a post-collapse Great Global Rebirth, no matter how bad the collapse process gets.
(This page is derived substantially from the 2016 book, Climageddon, The Global Warming Emergency and How to Survive It. It has been updated with new climate research since 2016 as applicable. Climageddon is Available on Amazon.)