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Climate Change “To Harm Communities’ Psychosocial Well-being”

May 11, 2015

By Paul Homewood 





A nice piece from Theodore Dalrymple:


For a long time I have intended always to carry a small notebook with me when I go to second-hand bookshops to take down a list of the most boring titles ever published. Frequenters of such shops will know what I mean: A History of Banking in Costa Rica 1880 – 1915, Cattle Breeding in Marshland, that kind of thing. Oddly enough, a list of boring titles might in the end be very interesting, in obedience to one of the three purported laws of dialectical materialism: that of the transformation of quantity into quality.

Alas, I have never succeeded in carrying such a notebook with me, not even once. Another notebook I have thought of keeping, but never managed to keep, is one in which to write down the most boring or unreadable paragraphs ever written. Today I happened across a worthy entry to such a notebook in the British Journal of Psychiatry. Full marks (for persistence and determination) for anyone who can read right through to the end of the following:

‘Photovoice’, a community-based participatory research methodology, uses images as a tool to deconstruct problems by posing meaningful questions in a community to find actionable solutions. This community-enhancing technique was used to elicit experiences of climate change among women in rural Nepal. The current analysis employs mixed methods to explore The subjective mental health experience of participating in a 4-to 5-day photovoice process focused on climate change. A secondary objective of this work was to explore whether or not photovoice training, as a one-time 4- to 5-day intensive intervention, can mobilise people to be more aware of environmental changes related to climate change and to be more resilient to these changes, while providing positive mental health outcomes.


The timing of the publication of this wretched paragraph and its associated ‘study’ could hardly have been more unfortunate, for I am sure that Nepali women have something more pressing on their mind at the moment than climate change. Geological change probably seems more important to them now.

The paragraph I have quoted was truly representative of the intellectual quality and honesty of what followed. ‘Climate change,’ say the authors, ‘is the largest global health threat of the 21st century and, despite limited empirical evidence, it is expected directly and indirectly to harm communities’ psychosocial well-being.’ This is not so much science as it is religion, in which the god worshipped is the bringer-bout of future catastrophe, a kind of Kali, whose destructiveness must be appeased by word, puja and sacrifice.


Read the rest here. 



If there’s anything that will stress people out, it is do-gooders coming to your village, and telling you that you should be worrying about global warming!

  1. A C Osborn permalink
    May 11, 2015 5:01 pm

    If you realy want to talk about psychological harm, try talking to western children who have been brainwashed at school, they are scared sh*itless about global warming.
    My 21 year old nephew actually believes all the hype.
    The Poles are Irreversibly melting.
    The Sea level is inexorably rising.
    The Permafrost is going to melt and release all it’s Methane.
    The Oceans will turn in to Acidic baths and kill everything in them.
    We are all going to die from overpopulation, lack of food and sunstroke.
    And it is all being caused by our release of CO2.

    I have tried showing him the truth, but all the “alternative” information is Big Oil Industry conspiracy, the Scientists can’t possibly be wrong.

  2. May 11, 2015 7:08 pm

    I’m shocked to see that there are so many people who believe what they are told, without checking out first. As for children, I’ve noticed that there’s a huge gap in their education, they are not taught reality and teachers don’t explain them the truth about issues like climate change, ecology, green energy and so on. If we won’t die from overpopulation, like A.C.Osborn’s nephew believes, ignorance will definitely kill us…. in time.


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