with Professor Stephan Lewandowsky
University of Bristol, Bristol
Climate change is real.
Climate change is happening.
It may even be happening near you.
Someone you know may already have experienced it.
It could be anyone. A lecturer in your faculty. A lecturer in another faculty. That loner who sits in the back row at your Greenpeace chapter meetings. An associate lecturer.
Talk to them. More importantly, listen to them, and be a shoulder to cry on.
Above all, resist the natural desire to suggest cheap, easy solutions. There are none, and it can be very offensive to propose them.
And for god’s sake, never tell a sufferer to “man up” and “try to adapt.”
Just be there. That’s what climate-change survivors need.
AUTHOR DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Stevan ‘Stephe’ Lewandowsky is the Chair in Theoretical Conspiracism at the University of Bristol, UK.
He does not work; own equity in any institution whose reputation has benefited from the publication of this article; or consult for.
As a psychologist, he has no direct experience with mental health.