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tv   Discussion on Climate Change Mental Health  CSPAN  April 26, 2022 6:40pm-7:02pm EDT

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mental health this is hosted by chelsea clinton as part of the clinton foundation global initiative university. it runs about 30 minutes. >> hope good i am really looking forward to the next discussion which will touch on something that has certainly affected me, and i know at least most people i know it certainly has affected the remarkable leaders who will be sharing their thoughts and their work with us. and i can imagine it has affected many of you are joining us today. we are really going to focus on how the increasing urgency of the climate crisis has had a commensurate effect on our mental health, on our overall well-being. as the growing dread of what we are failing to do to affect our
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planet and it has catalyzed equal rise and dread that many of us feel at a deep cellular level. we can either recognize that and use that recognition to hopefully further momentum for tothe actions that we all know e need to take to change and how we lead our lives on a pretty fundamental level to ensure many generations to come are able to lead their lives here at our beloved earth a pretty to be joined by two people who have very much are the leaders in this area to hear their thoughts and can learn from their work. and so in this magic of zoom i know you do already see or josie glover hogan the executive director and the founder of the green generation initiative.
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i just want to start by saying how grateful i am to both of them. and to just continue an expressionon of gratitude that l of our partners. i wonder if you could just share why you founded the green generation initiative and what you are doing today and kind of what you hope to be able to do in the days and decades ahead. >> thank you chelsea. has been part of my work it is also one of the main reasons i founded the green initiative. i have grown up in kenya and along the way the human race to collect nature and to love nature so we will turn up in
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protect nature. i have learned children have been the most important thing they change at a really young age. so for me i remember planting and seeing how the natural wildlife change before my eyes. this is when i decided when i push on that focus for nature were trying to meet our climate target to develop nature itself. the initiative on getting the young generation to love and appreciate nature and also the process to participate in the solutions because some of the impacts of climate change are good at the moment for likely security. so one of the programs as adopted a campaign to adopt a
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tree and we are focusing on fruit trees and plant many species of fruit trees. i mean sea children are going to have something nutritious in anm out of season they continue to be impacted by climate change in passing that message and at the same time make positive change around them. but of course this work is not been about challenges we will share more to take action so all of the efforts together we are trying to achieve globally. >> i would imagine that helping young people, very young people, children feel part of the solution as they are learning about the challenge hopefully
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does help people feel at least less anxiety because they are already trying to ameliorate some of the effects and we know anxiety is becoming more of a challenge with younger andnd younger kids all over the world. you started your organization when you were 19, force of nature. a similar question, could you share why you started force of nature and kind of what you're definition of eco- anxiety is and why think it is so important that all of us are aware of the growing challenge it presents. >> absolutely. not sure if you can hear from the accent but i grew up in australia.
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i was very lucky to grow up amongst nature, fishing frogs out of the toilet, ditching snakes from that ceiling for those have not been there all those are true i was so lucky to establish the appreciation for nature that liz spoke too. that's what came to such a shock to my system with what we were doing on the planet. so at age 11 i discovered documentaries. and i remember sitting glued to my computer screen staring at these scenes of a million-year-old forest being cut down to produce big macs. good we were at pretending otherwise. i remember feeling deep and profound sadness. i remember feeling angry and
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anxious about maybe i did not have the language for back then. perhaps more than anything i remember feeling incredibly confused. i could not understand why hate could not worry about in school why hadn't seen on the tv when my parents watch the news why wouldn't talk about around the dinner table. i wanted to understand why the adults in my life even at the science told us we are heading towards this this clip of climate collapse. i told my parents over dinner i wanted to become an environmentalist. in the years since i've only seen those mounting but the anxiety you spoke too. i think young people feel deeply disillusioned the future we are inheriting. i spoke to a nine year old and that classroom described as
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apocalyptic nightmares have a wildfire but i've spoken to 13 year old girls have declared they've already decide they don't want to have kids because they do not want to bring them into a world defined by climate collapse. these feelings are not just a valid andus normal, i believe ty are necessary. i think we are still facing the climate crisis we have gotten so good as the culture you live in a bubble of climate privilege. we've done so good at switchinga off the eco- anxiety climate anxiety is proof we are aware of the issues but yet if we don't have a clear sense of what can i do to contribute to the solution then of course that natural eco- anxiety can very quickly tip into deep powerlessness. i started force of nature to help people around the world really translateho those diffict but normal emotions and create
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pathways for young people through vocal corridors of power and engage with decision-makers across business policy, giving voice to the anxiety and shift the institutional mindset which is very switched off from the public. >> i have to confess, one of my pet peeves, and i don't have many, what of my really pet peeves is when people, you are my age or older like young people are going to save us, we don't have to worry, they're going to save us. i find that so horrifying it is such a complete abdication of responsibility. we don't have to worry about what we are doing as if our actions are without consequence because again people are going to saveop us. shouldn't the adults actually be taking responsibility here so that the young people don't have
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to worry about saving us or themselves? and yet we live in this dynamic now where there is this a posture like the young people aret going to save us. i find that very frustrating. i also do find it incredibly inspiring how so many young people including the two of you are taking responsibility will meet largely have failed to do so. i wonder you can start and then turn to you, clover. did you always know you wanted to work with young people? why was it important for you to work with young people? especially the two of you very young people, the children or did you kind of try with adults give up on us and then go to young people? if you could reflect first and then clover. >> i would say for me the
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journey when i discovered surrounding me and also had begun to get angry with things like people cutting down trees and i think the feelings are defined it's important so for me i learned how to turn that anger into a hunger to want to do something. but also along the way i really wanted to view the world as a younger me, as a child like ise mentioned the first time i got a chance was when i i planted my first tree. and so i remember in school spend time with children to understand what their view is around the world.
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since trying to learn about issues of climate and how these issues are on the border it's how others were also treating nature andng taking action aroud their treating the planet even beyond the borders of. i spent time with the children the children asked me too question it was very political it was next to their school. they asked me what they could do about this. the children are really going to change their surroundings. and i knew this was awkward. our showing comforts otis around them and they want to do something. so, for me i discovered the journey of being able to connect
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with t nature to learn certain things from nature the child grew up with the same call to action. so starting when they are still young but that was really the most important thing to get people to love nature. so many people arear disconnectd and it is almost difficult to actually help an adult love nature or appreciate nature. because you train them, you work with them the whole way before you realize they've all went to step up. not only changing themselves they're changing their communities are making certain life changes because the children are gaining that is how it all started. it's currently are not
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comfortable what's been done is not close to it supposed to be done at the moment. i think this generation as a these young people the not feeling helpless but they are stepping up and instead of using their voices to influence others they are leadersis and people around them to make a difference. >> clover? >> yes happy to build on that. liz and ie are both familiar wih it being that took an young person on the panel we are handing the baton of the future to this next generation. young people are going to save the day. with what resources? with whatat connections young people are systematically being
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excluded from decisions that are governing our future. with the heart of a social movement i've seen it throughout history. however the climate crisis is very different from the direct challenges by different generations. a lot of young people are borderline losing hope in the world we are inheriting. it is the intensity of emotion it is the connectedness to the pain of what we have done to advance people to be really good activists and changemakers. i remember when i was 16 i big paris meeting on climate. the starry eyed optimism and
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contributors to the climate crisis. fluent in making promises scheduled far enough into the future they require no immediate perhaps the system is to broken perhaps the problem is too big. i also member looking into the eyes of the people around me both cautious a corporate leades and policymakers. i remember seeing that powerlessness reflected in their ctattitude. some think i have observed work with a lot of decision-makers is this kind of crisis and
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imagination. it is a real challenge and struggle to get outside the status quo to imagine how he might do things differently. that's almost the naïve optimism and determination of young people to say wiebe refused to accept things as they are. we are seriously committed to changing them. we need that level of imagination. we need that level of ambition. another thing i've seen a lot of adults in our lives are really uncomfortable it's very natural as an adult to protect the young people in your life and say everything is going to be okay. and yet we know look at the climate we can't say that with any certainty. instead of trying to shut down those feelings and young peoplen the adults in our lives need to lead into them because they are
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such a gift and leaning into and really facing up the enormity of this crisis. when we travel into that anxiety and pain which is a reminder of our humanity and our empathy we can channel those feelings into action. we can do that their intergenerational exchange. >> i wonder, elizabeth, if you have had a similar experience or maybe not at all went to the recent summit and glasco. are you full of optimism and then kind of full of skepticism, hopefully not pessimism. i think it is a convenient place for people who do not want to change the status quo. clarice comfortable going and left feeling there is a a possibility in this and many crises coming together of climate change and covid and so
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many others to have real change. >> i would say it was also the same with me. i was going for the session this was something i really hoped we would have the right position coming out of the family get more commitment really a package supports the and it did give -- living where the political and economic system is working against them. what were trying to get our communities we are trying to get people to take option. it is because people do not understand the urgency. one of the messages t i took and
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open your heart was because i strongly believe we also are facing a crisis of feeling and listening to one another. : : cop26 session, this was something that -- a package that also supports communities like mine. we are living where the political and economic system is working against us. it's because people do not see or understand the urgency. part o we noted pennsylvania were the republican candidates running for u.s. senate, take part in a debate, this is like coverage on "c-span2". >> pennsylvania cable map, the event is hosted by dickinson college, is being held here at the auditorium, and a special thank you tonight, for her other sparring partners, pennsylvania news media association, the pennsylvania women's forum, now before we get to the roles of the debate and introduce the candidates, i want to introduce you to the


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