Alarm Over Alarmists On the Climate Crisis

Christyl Rivers, Phd.
5 min readNov 15, 2019
The original planet A, Christyl Rivers

It is well known that Climate Change has become a political football, rather than an universally acknowledged reality.

However, earth is not an abstract football, but an actual warming planet that we should all be attending to.

Some people raise the “alarm” about climate “alarmists.” Their concern is that all this talk of extinction and storms is hysterical. We should be, in some estimations, putting forward solutions about real problems like a living wage, healthcare, corruption, or any number of genuine concerns.

Another concern they have is that it’s all doom talk. It is scaring our children. It is provoking anxiety. It is causing mental illness. It is distracting us from pressing issues. Is it?

Many of us would argue of course, that things like impeachment investigations and gun violence are a greater distraction, however, let’s examine the points that anti-alarmists are trying to make.

Their primary point is that environmentalists are fear-mongering. Let’s ignore (for a moment) that saying our children are being brainwashed and emotionally damaged is also fear-mongering.

Let’s look at the facts about what proponents of clean energy, a green new deal, healthier food, a cleaner environment, energy independence and security, and protected ecosystems are actually saying.

Preventing ecological disaster is not negative, it’s the most positive hope we have

For years, disinformation campaigns funded by the world’s most profitable industries have pooh poohed the “scare tactics” of people concerned about climate.

They insist that the hysteria is detrimental. It is negative, over all. It is causing sad, and broken people like Greta Thunberg to live in fear of an uninhabitable world.

But that is not the actual situation.

In short, suggesting that we should mitigate the worst effects of climate change, and push for something better, is the most positive and least threatening perspective on the present crisis that there could ever be.

Think about it for a moment. Is having cleaner energy likely to end all jobs? No, it suggests we can create better, healthier jobs. Definitely, it will…

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Christyl Rivers, Phd.

Ecopsychologist, Writer, Farmer, Defender of reality, and Cat Castle Custodian.