Much scientific consensus has developed that global warming is a major threat to the well-being of our planet and ourselves. This danger includes mental health. Violence, trauma and anxiety are all projected to increase. Psychology has also contributed to the genesis and delayed responsiveness to global warming, given the use of denial, narcissism, and fear of change on the part of politicians and citizens. Given the importance of psychiatry for this social problem, psychiatrists should be at the forefront of ‘going green’ in terms of advocacy, modelling and solutions. We are not yet, but our ethical duty requires more.
- © 2009 Royal College of Psychiatrists