In the 2020 Hulu Documentary “I’m Greta,” Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg explains how knowledge of global warming almost killed her. After watching a movie at school that featured “polar bears starving to death, floods, storms and droughts,” she said, she became depressed and anxious, stopped talking and “almost starved to death.”
We’re used to the idea that global warming is a bad thing, and this is comforting in itself, as if our psychological distress proves we’re looking at the problem. subject seriously. An epidemiologist in Hanya Yanagihara’s novel says: “Common people like to panic. “To Heaven,” Partially set in an unbearably hot, dictatorial future of Manhattan ruled by lightning scientists. “Survival allows for hope – it is based on hope indeed – but it does not allow for joy, and as a subject, it is dull.” In response to global warming, we are like frogs that don’t jump out of hot water until it’s too late. Except that we know that the water is boiling; We can’t imagine leaving our messy little pot.
Perhaps one of the biological comforts we have to give up in order to tackle global warming is the very anesthetic content of global warming. As David Wallace-Wells writes in his 2019 book “Earth is uninhabitable,” Climate-themed disaster movies don’t necessarily represent progress, as “we’re relieving our anxieties about global warming by staging them again in theaters due to climate change.” we design and control”. Even YouTube climate conference video could slip into this role. When we regard an activist like Thunberg as some sort of prophetic celebrity, we shift our own responsibility to a teenager with the extraordinary imperative of dismal statistics. We used to say we would stop climate change for the sake of our children, but now we can tell ourselves that our children will take care of it for us.
The internet is often criticized for providing us with useless information and spreading misinformation, but it can also create destructive relationships with serious information. If you’re an acceptor of science, how much more do you really need to hear? The conventional demise of social media is seductive: It helps us signal that we care about big issues even as we chase distractions, and it gives us a silly little tone. to express our despair.
Most of all, it replaces us at just the right time. We are always wandering between a nostalgic landscape where we have a lot of energy to waste on the internet and an apocalypse where it is too late to do anything. It is the center, where we live, that we cannot bear to imagine. After all, rejection is the first stage of grief.
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