Climate change can affect mental health

“Climate change is projected to cause 83 million excess deaths by 2100.” Statistics such as this depict a grim future for humanity and the planet alike, and are more frequently being shared across news networks, social media platforms and stream-able documentaries.

The reality of these projections can negatively affect individuals’ mental health, and threatens to devalue the importance of individual actions in the fight against the changing climate. Driving fewer miles, eating less meat and taking shorter showers, for instance, may seem insignificant relative to the billions of tons of carbon dioxide emitted worldwide.