OPINION: Climate change is the new disease of despair. Psychologists need to step up to help.

OPINION: Climate change is the new disease of despair. Psychologists need to step up to help.
OPINION: Climate change is the new disease of despair. Psychologists need to step up to help.

As a clinical health psychologist, I’m growing increasingly concerned about the physical and mental health of our younger generations. Just as the generation before us practiced hiding beneath their desks under the threat of thermonuclear war, we are preparing for a future that is charred and blackened. The big difference is, the threat we face… Read more »

Readers Write: Climate change and big oil
Readers Write: Climate change and big oil

The Enbridge Line 3 expansion is a threat to our health. That is why Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate recognizes that the only pathway forward is for the Public Utilities Commission to reject the pipeline expansion and close the existing pipeline.

Reader’s View: Health professionals say no to Line 3
Reader’s View: Health professionals say no to Line 3

In mid-January, more than 20 health professionals presented testimony to Gov Tim Walz’s office on the health risks of Line 3. As a first-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School and as a tribal member of the Ohkay Owingeh and San Felipe Pueblo, I spoke about the impacts Line 3 could have… Read more »

The climate emergency: Where is health care?
The climate emergency: Where is health care?

Health care professionals and organizations have attempted to advance sound climate policies through educational efforts including conferences, symposia, webinars, and policy and scientific statements. Unfortunately, these approaches have failed to make a substantial impression on the public or elected officials.

Community members gather at Capitol, fight proposed Line 3 pipeline
Community members gather at Capitol, fight proposed Line 3 pipeline

Braving the cold Wednesday morning, more than 20 health professionals, students and climate advocates around Minnesota held a teach-in at the Minnesota State Capitol, educating senior staffers about the potential risks of a proposed replacement oil pipeline.

Community Voices: Environmental bill comes due, and it must be paid
Community Voices: Environmental bill comes due, and it must be paid

Unfortunately, it’s no longer a matter of what we are willing to pay. It is the matter of paying whatever it takes to save ourselves.

Reader’s Write: Climate can’t wait till next session
Reader’s Write: Climate can’t wait till next session

Hold the kudos for a legislative session well done, because the Senate refused to even allow hearings on how Minnesota needs to address the climate and health crisis that is bearing down on us.

What physicians can do about climate change
What physicians can do about climate change

Climate change is the greatest health threat of the 21st century. Surveys consistently show that more physicians than the general public agree with the scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change. For physicians, the question isn’t whether climate change is occurring, but “How do I address this complex topic in an already short patient visit?”

Saving the planet requires radical change
Saving the planet requires radical change

No foreseeable technologic “fix” can allow us to avoid hard choices.

Community Voices: 100% clean energy will benefit the health and well-being of all Minnesotans
Community Voices: 100% clean energy will benefit the health and well-being of all Minnesotans

Minnesota alone cannot solve the global climate challenge, but we can and must do our part. The health and well-being of our communities depend on it.