Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2023

Department 1

Environmental Studies

Department 2

First Year Seminar


When thinking about the vast array of impacts that the climate crisis has on humanity, there are many things that come to mind, but mental health impacts are likely not one of them. Even though research demonstrates that mental effects from any form of disaster far exceed the physical health implications mental health impacts of the largest disaster facing humanity since the Second World War are rarely considered at all, let alone when solutions are being created. This has led to a hidden crisis emerging underneath an even larger crisis, with serious consequences for most individuals across the globe. The detail that makes the mental health impacts of climate change an even more dangerous externality than the physical impacts is the fact that most individuals are not exposed to the physical effects of climate change, while the mental effects are far reaching, and silent in their existence. This paper hopes to bring attention to the exact ramifications of climate change on mental health and well-being, how connecting with nature can lead to happiness, what can be done to help, and why this growing problem is so important to bring attention to.


Written for FYS 157-2: Staying Human on a Planet in Transition: The Way Forward on Climate Change.

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