We are approaching a new health crisis, and no one is immune.
Each day, the threat that climate change poses is growing ever more urgent. We already know that global warming is causing polar ice caps to melt, water sources to dry up, and ecosystems to completely disappear. The increase in temperature can and has led to an increase in floods, rising sea levels, changing weather patterns, food shortages, and droughts which put many people at risk of losing their homes and will cause the forced migration of whole communities. However, there is another human impact to climate change and environmental pollution that is starting to gain attention. New research shows that the effects of climate change and environmental toxins also cause mental health illnesses such as depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Studies have shown that the trauma of being displaced or losing a home can lead to PTSD, depression, and substance abuse. Children are developing ADHD and learning disabilities from the toxins we produce and emit into our environment, such as lead, mercury, and other particulate matter, which are inhaled and have direct access to the brain. It is quite evident that the perils presented by climate change are greatly on the rise, and that its direct effects on individuals like you and me are out of our control. We can support those who are experiencing these psychological injuries by fighting climate change and the current policies of the U.S. administration.
Sign this petition to recognize the urgency of climate change and necessity to take immediate action.