(Donna’s rant: Sorry. My intro is going to be a bit long today because I take great issue with what we are doing to our children. These poor kids are blasted daily with all sorts of fear-mongering and cataclysmic predictions of the terrible fate that awaits them. We all know where this is going to lead…more drugging of our children. We have already witnessed an entire generation of children being diagnosed with such things as ADD, ADHD, etc. and the quick-at-hand solution to that has been to DRUG them.
Speaking from personal experience with a son who has Asperger’s Syndrome, I was hounded constantly throughout his childhood by teachers who kept advising me to get him on medications like Ritalin, which has terrible long term effects on the body. I steadfastly refused to drug my son and have never had any regrets.
Now we’re going to have another generation of kids who will be medicated with such anti-depressants as Zoloft and Prozac, etc., just because the climate alarmists, the education system and parents can’t allow children to grow up in a stress-free, carefree environment. This will, of course, make pharmaceutical companies and their shareholders ecstatic.
Meanwhile, we’re already seeing articles like this in USA Today … “High antidepressant dose linked to self harm in youths”. Why are we doing this to our children? We really are the stupidest species to ever walk this planet.
The constant non-stop bombardment of apocalyptic scenarios is bound to have a terrible psychological effect on young minds. That won’t stop the scare mongering though. Not when there’s an agenda to push through. Why don’t we just STOP the alarmism, teach our children that climate change is natural and cyclical and ALLOW them to have a happy stress-free childhood that should be an inherent right? — DQ)
Child psychiatrists, psychologists and educators say they’ve seen an escalation in the anxiety levels of today’s youth, who are constantly exposed to doomsday talk about the destruction of our planet.
Gayle MacDonald — May 1, 2014 — Globe and Mail
Sammy McLean, 14, felt overwhelming helplessness as she stood with her family and watched two angry rivers – the Bow and the Elbow – surge through their home, cutting a path of destruction across the downtown Calgary neighbourhood. Furniture flew through the front windows, and the basement and first floor were washed out and filled with mud. McLean remembers thinking that her once calm, picturesque street resembled a war zone.
A confident, athletic girl, McLean says the flood left her vulnerable, scared and hating the rivers that encircled her home. “They wouldn’t let us in for several days after we were evacuated,” says McLean, who now lives in a downtown condo with her parents and three siblings while the house is being extensively renovated. “I used to think the rivers were so pretty. It made me not like them any more. I thought the water was going to take away the whole house – and my bedroom.”
While the Alberta floods haven’t been directly linked to climate change, destructive weather events are expected to increase in Canada in the future. McLean, a normally upbeat youth, is painfully aware of the sheer power of Mother Nature and the carnage its fury can wreak. She’s now anxious about what we’re doing to our environment. “I volunteered to take an active role in my school’s Model United Nations, which is studying the impact climate change is having on our planet,” she said.
On one hand it scared her, but it also made her want to know more so she could help activate positive change.
Child psychiatrists, psychologists and educators say they’ve seen an escalation in the anxiety levels of today’s youth, who are constantly exposed to doomsday talk about the destruction of our planet. But despite the fact that we live in a world with more volatility and fear, experts say there is hope. And to stay mentally strong, they all advocate not just calling for change, but acting for it.
Dr. Anthony Levitt, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s director of research in the department of psychiatry, agrees climate-change anxiety increasingly enters into the discussions he has with many of the young people who come to see him. “Younger people [teens to mid-20s] appear to be much more accepting of the science and facts than older people,” Levitt observes. He’s also seen an uptick in climate-change-related anxiety in parents with younger children.
“For most people who are anxious about climate change, the anxiety is escalated by the fact they do not see an answer or a way to make a change. Worry plus powerlessness leads to distress,” says Levitt, who is also a professor in the psychiatry department at the University of Toronto. Continue reading here…..