LN – “Climate change triggered a new disease: eco-anxiety”


Guillermo Scallan, director of Social Innovation of Fundación Avina, puts the focus on the need for all of us to commit ourselves from our place; # 6D is a proposal to take action Credit: Marcelo Gómez

We can all do something. Reforesting and restoring ecosystems; producing clean energy; reducing, reusing or recycling. Boosting these collective actions of people, organizations, companies, schools and governments, is the objective of
# 6D It's now !, which is intended to be the largest chain of climate actions in history.

It is scheduled for December 6, at the same time that world leaders will meet at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP25), which will take place between the 2 and 13 of that month in Santiago de Chile.

It is an initiative promoted by the Avina Foundation, the Cultiva Foundation (Chile), Plant for the Planet (Germany), Ecodes (Spain) and more than 30 civil society organizations. The objective is to make visible the emergence and urgency of concrete climate actions, which commit politicians to guarantee a safe path so that the temperature does not exceed 1.5 degrees with respect to the pre-industrial era. “The Amazon fire helped polish awareness of climate change. But what we have today is still very insufficient in relation to the dimension of the problem: we have to act now,” said Guillermo Scallan, director of Social Innovation at Fundación Avina .

Visiting Buenos Aires, Scallan (who is Argentine but has lived in Chile for more than three decades), spoke about this inactive one, to which LA NACION will join since its
Nature Project From today,
The online platform is available where each person, company or organization can upload the action they will take in the framework of # 6D.

-What is the purpose of this proposal?

-The idea came from the Avina Foundation and the Cultiva Foundation. But then, we summon several other organizations, such as Plant for the Planet and Ecodes. The goal is to ask all the people in the world what they will do to restore the planet. We are committed to generating global awareness. We want the authorities to take ambitious measures, to see all active people doing climate actions, because governments are behind public opinion. At the same time, we want to have great climatic milestones in the five continents, where several organizations and many people will congregate. In Chile, for example, we are going to reforest the Renca hill, which has no vegetation: that day we will climb 10,000 people to plant 30,000 native trees. In Argentina we are going to have several milestones: one in Jujuy, which will also be reforestation and where native communities are involved. But there will be others. We will channel concrete actions against eco-anxiety.

What is eco-anxiety and how is it affecting us?

-We are all facing a very serious crisis, a dimension that transcends us. Faced with that, in the first place, we don't know what to do; secondly, if we do something, we ask ourselves what sense our actions have, what they change in the face of the magnitude of the problem. That generates an anxiety and an inner anguish that today begins to be measured in some parts of the world. It is a pandemic, the first data is very worrying. It is important that we act.

-What degree of awareness do you think we have today, as a society, regarding climate change?

-What we have advanced this year, I had never dreamed of in my life. Climate change got into the agenda, is in the media and has advanced greatly its positioning. However, although we have taken important steps in the environmental agenda (for example, in the matter of the seas and plastic) and the climate challenge, the dimension we have of the subject is still very insufficient. While awareness has risen considerably in recent times, the environmental crisis is so profound that it is still not enough: if on a scale of 0 to 10 of consciousness, we were 0 or 1, this year we went up 4 or 5 points. However, we need to climb 8 points and not 4.

– To what attributes the greater positioning that has been having the subject in the public agenda? What weight did the young people have?

-I think young people have been key, I thank you very much. But the movements that have installed the theme are not only youth: there are many more older people linked to this. Two Fridays ago, 7,000,000 people of all ages went to march all over the world. There is also the “Extinction Rebellion” movement, in London they stopped for two weeks. I think the Amazon fire genres a polishing of consciousness. In addition, concrete climatic events with their effects, such as droughts and floods, did their part. The concrete and real effect of climate change is another cause that helps to change consciousness gradually. We have it on the table but we still do not react as it should: we still want not to see it because seeing it implies an inconvenience, the possibility of changes, which although they are very positive take us out of our comfort zone.

-How does climate change affect the most vulnerable?

– In the last time and in the territory I began to see the relationship of the social with the environmental: Pope Francis links them in his encyclical Laudato si '. There he talks about how the environmental impact affects people and the social impact on the environment. That looks a lot on the continent. The most vulnerable people are the most affected: when, due to climate change, floods or droughts change, that directly affects their livelihoods. For example, the cyclone in Mozambique generates an irreversible impact on many societies. 70% of the population lives with 30 dollars a year and climate change impacts them on the variations that are already happening. In addition, a large number of vulnerable populations are near the river or the sea, because it is a source of food. Many of the areas where they live begin to flood, this is seen in Paraguay. Rich people will not be able to continue skiing in Chile and go to Canada. But there are many people who have no chance to move and have to emigrate because of the weather, because their quality of life affects them.

-With respect to the COP, what are your expectations?

-With all the awareness that has been generated, we think that this COP will raise the ambition a lot. Already the results of the Climate Action Summit in New York raised the rod of climate action. Now, we want to go one step further in Santiago and move on to a very aggressive implementation. Today we have the possibility to look to future generations and tell them that we did everything in our power to reverse this situation.


. (tagsToTranslate) “Climate change triggered a new disease: eco-anxiety” – LA NACION

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