Psychosocial Health

    Alaska Natives assessing the health of their environment

    D. Garza. International Journal of Circumpolar Health (2001) 60(4):479-486. The changes in Alaska's ecosystems caused by pollution, contaminants and global climate change are negatively impacting Alaska Natives and rural residents who rely on natural resources for food, culture and community identity.

    Beyond the tipping point: Understanding perceptions of abrupt climate change and their implications

    R. Bellamy, M. Hulme. Weather, Climate, and Society (2011) 3(1):48-60. This article explores the influence of personal values and ontological beliefs on people's perceptions of possible abrupt changes in the Earth's climate system and on their climate change mitigation preferences. A strong fatalistic narrative emerged from within abrupt climate change discourses, with frequent referrals to helplessness, societal collapse, and catastrophe.

    Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories

    This is a community-led, capacity-building research project situated in the Inuit community of Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador. Directed by the Rigolet Inuit Community Government, and funded by Health Canada\'s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (with complementary funding from the Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments, and the Nunatsiavut Department of Health and Social Development), this multi-year project examines the impacts of climate change on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being.

    Climate change and global health: Quantifying a growing ethical crisis

    J.A. Patz et al. EcoHealth (2007) 4(4):397-405. Climate change, as an environmental hazard operating at the global scale, poses a unique and "involuntary" exposure to many societies, and therefore represents possibly the largest health inequity of our time.

    Climate change and mental health: Uncertainty and vulnerability for Alaska Natives

    Center for Climate and Health Bulletin No. 3, 2010. Climate change is currently affecting the health of Alaska Natives, through impacts of: extreme weather changes to the local environment, and alterations in plants and animal resources. The mental health effect of such impacts remains incompletely researched and understood. This bulletin provides an academic review of Alaska Native climate change mental health impact pathways, and potential responses to mental health effects. (PDF, 837.62 KB)

    Climate change psychology: Coping and creating solutions

    Science Daily, April 18, 2011. Psychologists are offering new insight and solutions to help counter climate change, while helping people cope with the environmental, economic, and health impacts already taking a toll on people's lives, according to a special issue of American Psychologist.

    Global environmental change and human health

    J. Eyles, S.J. Elliott. Canadian Geographer (2001) 45(1):99-104. The authors explore how the impacts of global change on environment affect the health and well-being of Canadians. In particular, they examine the effects of climate change and pollution, as well as the impacts of environmental contaminant situations on psychosocial health and well-being.

    Major impacts of climate change expected on mental health

    ScienceDaily, December 7, 2009. Leading mental health researchers are warning that some of the most important health consequences of climate change will be on mental health.

    Psychology and global climate change: Addressing a multifaceted phenomenon and set of challenges

    Report of the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Interface Between Psychology & Global Climate Change, 2010. The report's primary aim is to engage members of the psychology community (teachers, researchers, practitioners, and students) in the issue of climate change. The report describes the contributions of psychological research to an understanding of psychological dimensions of global climate change, provides research recommendations, and proposes policies for APA to assist psychologists' engagement with this issue.(PDF, 10.94 MB)

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