Susan CLAYTON – World Conference – French Red Cross
Hello, I’m Susan Clayton I’m a professor of Psychology at the University of Wooster, Ohio in the United States. I think it’s really important to make the link between climate change and its health consequences so that people recognize the importance of climate change and we can be prepared to deal with it. My message is really about the impact that climate change has on mental health, many people don’t think about it but it is potentially very significant.
There are so many things we need to do, but I think the most important thing is to get informed because we can’t do the right thing without knowing the changes that are happening.
I think everyone can learn about the consequences that will affect them locally and the very particular changes they will face.
I would encourage people to get involved in climate change discussion groups, which consider implementing measures to combat climate change.
Membership in these groups is an important source of social support, but it also gives us the opportunity to be much more effective.
If I had a message for future generations, it would be “we are sorry” because we really let them deal with the most important effects of climate change, but I also want to tell them that it is important to act quickly because it is by acting as quickly as possible that we will be much more effective.