Rush Limbaugh says one thing about climate change and you might say another, but the important thing is this: You need to calm down before you and any of your Save the Planet efforts become ineffective. Neighbors, radio hosts, politicians, and anybody you want to persuade about the problem won’t be convinced of much if you annoy them or seem depressed. It might not be wise to rely on government officials to help out, as it is. Some of your newest government officials seem to be off on ego trips and complicating matters by not tending to yours or the planet’s.
Climate change is a debatable topic. Depression about climate change might not be warranted. There’s documented scientific evidence that our earth goes through climactic phases regardless of human life or its interference with ecological realities. The scientists at NASA have presented those facts at Blog – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet. Yes, Planet earth has proven time and again that it corrects environmental problems on its own.
Are you still feeling depression about climate change? Check out National Geographic Magazine’s look at the problem Is Global Warming Real? and a Forbes magazine article entitled Indisputable Facts about Climate Change. Balance those conflicting presentations with the above facts and with The Paris (Climate) Agreement | UNFCCC. Perhaps now you can better appreciate that keeping your emotions in check helps you to think more clearly and to behave more effectively about climate change issues. Radio hosts and politicians have their own personalities to control, an issue outside the scope of this article. You only need to tend to your emotional life, even while climate change continues. Staying calm can improve your chances of effecting positive change, even if you fake calmness.
Whenever you feel depression about climate change, or that your emotions are preventing you from making progress, know that it’s time for a break and for thinking out of the box. You can seek and provide help for climate change problems without depleting yourself emotionally. Examples of that include doing research that helps scientists and the public at large to better understand the issues, launching one or more charitable endeavors to help the population, become a public speaker on the behalf of relevant organizations, etc., and remain focused on replenishing your reserves all the while. Pursue hobbies that comfort you. Rest as necessary, and before it becomes necessary. Pamper yourself with refreshing activities.
You can’t control other people because they won’t let you. The best thing to hope for is a realistic look at climate change issues, to present them calmly and rationally, and to let other people take the actions that you consider necessary. If you don’t, you stand to lose the entire argument. As Byron Katie teaches, “When you argue with reality, you lose, but only 100% of the time.”
Yocheved Golani is a popular writer whose byline has appeared worldwide in print and online. A certified Health Information Management professional, she is a member of Get Help Israel. Certified in Spiritual Chaplaincy (End of Life issues) and in counseling skills, her life coaching for ill people puts healthy perspective into a clients’ success plan for achieving desired goals.