Letter: Hard to maintain mental health when our world is crumbling

Editor:

I am a psychiatric social worker and health-care manager who has worked in the community for 30 years. I see climate change as the greatest mental issue of this century.

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All people depend on health-care services based in economies that depend on a healthy ecosphere. It is not possible to talk meaningfully about excellence in health care in a degraded world.
We talk about artworks in the Louvre or the Vatican as priceless. We understand the sacred connection to our loved ones. We fundamentally understand the importance of our own connectedness to the people and things we depend upon.

How much more priceless is our natural world that we are born into?

How much more sacred than our relationship to that world that brought us into life? How profoundly connected and inter-dependent we are with all that is.
Our response to climate change is the most profound and sacred opportunity we have, to build the sort of world we would have our children inherit.

Rod MacDonald

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