Make the jump for the climate

Climate change, Zachary Sinclair doesn’t think about it all the time. It is not an obsession depressed. But when he thinks of it, the big guy of 5th secondary feels suddenly took a sort of small panic.

“I don’t feel a lot of anxiety, at least not every day,” he said. But it concerns me. Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time and the greatest challenge of my generation and future generations, as governments only think in the short term.

The Coalition avenir Québec had just been elected with a program that sees no further than its four-year mandate. It is necessary to think over the long term, with a horizon of 20 or 30 years to deal with this huge problem. “

Zachary Sinclair was interviewed this week at the entrance of the Montessori school of Magog while he was preparing for the Walk for the climate with his colleagues at school. He was in the company of Michaëlla Monast, secondary 4 student, not least tapped by the concern. “When I think deeply about the climate change, I’m freaking out “, she summarizes in its turn, by its own formula-shock.

The solastalgie

The écoanxiété, this new evil of the century more or less common, bears a fancy name : the solastalgie. The australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht, blacksmith of the concept, describes it as a form of distress or sadness caused by environmental change and degradation of the planet. Etymologically, the term refers to the idea of being in pain in the face of desolation.

The American Psychological Association (APA) recognizes this special form of syndrome of post-traumatic stress disorder that can lead to depression, even suicide. A survey of the Harvard medical school has documented that the thoughts of suicide have doubled in the communities affected by hurricane Katrina in 2005. The APA has pointed out the real effects and harmful, in some individuals, information on disasters foreseeable future.

The psychologist Joe Flanders has received this winter in her clinic, a 19 year-old in deep anxiety following the publication of a new report on the state of the environment. The report explained that the planet would miss its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“The new left in anguish severe. He told me that the planet was going to die and that everyone he loves would die, ” explains the Duty Dr. Flanders, founder of the clinic Mindspace, a professor at McGill University. He explains that the écoanxiété part with our time as the patients anxious, stressed or suicidal 1950’s or 1960 paniquaient to the possibility of a nuclear apocalypse. Each time his end of the world…

“I just finished the cognitive therapy with a young patient. I made him aware of the errors in his way of thinking about the problem. Who knows, for example, when the disaster will occur ? And who says that we will not find solutions so that the worst does not happen ? The therapy is used to take distance compared to what we think and exercise critical judgment. “

The promise

The eco-activism, in daily life, by small gestures, or on a basic political and militant, can also help to combat the solastalgie. The discontent then becomes the beginning of a promise.

This is the choice made by Greta Thunberg, schoolgirl Swedish to the origin of the March for the climate, great strike organised world on Friday. It is also the choice made by the Montessori school, which has offered its cohorts in the primary and secondary dive into the adventure by organising their own event in Magog.

“We have seen that the march was organized and we submitted a video of Greta to the students,” says teacher Audrey Saint-Onge, one of the instigators of this commitment. We then asked the students what they wanted to do. They have chosen to participate in the march. “

The management has supported the project from the outset, an exception in the quebec school system, where the basic rule is, the better the tolerance, provided that the parents notify the school in writing in order to justify their absence.

The students of Montessori keen to join the demonstration on a voluntary basis have been signed to their own or their parents of the participation agreements. Young people have also been encouraged to stimulate the participation of their friends from other schools to join the movement.

The street

The institution has integrated the reason for the Walk for the climate to learning. The day of the visit, all the secondary school and the students of the sixth year of primary school were gathered in a large room at the foot of mont Orford, to discuss climate change. They discussed and helped each other in small groups of a dozen students of many levels. The exchanges are organized around two texts from specialized magazines on the subject, one in French, another in English.

Ms. Saint-Onge, the enthusiasm is very communicative, has informed in advance the discussion by reminding the young people the rules of good exegesis in order to unravel the how of the why and how. Its on-screen presentation included a quote explaining the constitutional right to protest. Future protesters have carried out the exercise of preparing using their laptops in this school without paper.

The mobilization was even more simple than the whole institution of private non-subsidised Magog are only about 80 students and eight teachers at the secondary level. The pedagogy of the institution is already pushing towards this individual action.

The Montessori approach encourages learning through personal experience and the training of students, autonomous and free. Everything that was served at the school of the street Friday.

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