We live in the Anthropocene Epoch. It's denoted as the the time in history (an epoch) when humans began making an impact on the environment, hence what we are experiencing now is referred to as "anthropogenic climate change".
Denial is a form of delusional thinking.
It means holding on so tightly to a belief or idea, even in the face of opposing evidence that to everyone else is consensus . In case you don't know, we now categorize climate change as factual science, proving that humans are indeed causing the environmental problems that we see occurring.
It's obviously ideal and necessary for the world to form sustainability practices in everything we do as an overarching goal for the planet but it's also no secret that the world we currently live in does not fully support or actively implement these sustainable structures and systems, why? Because of our economic structure, (but we'll save that for another post). Using your own individual grocery bags will not solve the problem, should you do it? Yes, if you can, but realize that many, many other actions are needed to actually make a difference globally.
Deforestation, loss of habitat, species extinction, air + water pollution, loss of sea ice, wildfires, the list goes on, and this isn't even the scariest of the bunch. If we don't take massive action as a collective, life as we know it could be in serious jeopardy as we march our way into the trajectory of extinction.
Now I'm not telling you to blatantly deny climate change because we are legitimately in a emergency but what I am telling you is that what is happening to the Earth might be really scary for you and I wouldn't blame you if you did deny it based on all the terrifying evidence that surrounds the subject. If fact maybe we should deny climate change to an extent, for our own mental health.
It's okay to feel overwhelmed and okay if you cry about the climate crisis. You're a human person and it's an intense subject. It's also definitely not your fault and feeling climate-guilt only means that you care immensely about Earth and life itself, which is a beautiful thing and makes you a beautiful person.
Joining/forming action-oriented groups as a means to create purpose, connection and stability in mobilizing our efforts in reversing the crisis and in holding governmental bodies responsible. All of this is indeed necessary for change making.
Apart from this, I propose that if we have to face this climate reality, we can at least deny the part of ourselves that holds on to the burden. The part that steals our happiness-- the guilt. So that instead of denying what is true... we find a higher or spiritual understanding that brings us peace, in knowing that even if life ends (which it does and will no matter what time in history we live in & regardless of anthropogenic climate change), that there is something else you are connected to in this massive, quantum, multidimensional Universe(s)-- something that has purpose, that makes sense to you individually. An idea that can not be touched even in the midst of total destruction. It may take some research, some deep contemplation, and maybe you already know what that thing is, but creating a purpose, a reason, an inner solution, will aide in your psychospiritual health immensely and may be part of what saves us during this existential crisis-- at least mentally and emotionally.
Facing the climate reality takes strength and mental flexibility.
If you find yourself in cognitive dissonance + grief over this topic, I love helping people find balance and meaning through climate-grief and would love to support you.
Remember, if you have to take a break from climate content that's ok. Remember that you have the power to create your own escape, a safe place no one can touch. And remember that you can join the cause when you are ready, in whatever capacity, in any way that you choose.
We. Are. In. This. Together.