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Crying Over The Crisis Of Climate Change? That’s Completely Okay!

The Climate Crisis takes as much from the Earth as it takes from the emotional quotient of human beings. As of 2020, with the string of natural disasters that plagued the world, starting with the Australian Bush Fire, Severe Cyclones, and a Pandemic, it’s challenging to discuss mourning the climate seriously. As the new generation is making the talk about mental health normal and easy and as we openly discuss anxiety, panic attacks, and depression, we very rarely discuss anxiety-induced because of Climate Crisis or the toll it takes on one’s emotion, and the discussion has yet to begin in our own country.

“We should not let go of this urgent climate-conscious panic. If we do, we may lose our motivation to change, and we must change.”

The statement doesn’t mean we don’t talk about it. For quite a while, people have the option to hold oneself in a separation, tuning in to the information and not being influenced emotionally. But it’s not only a science reflection any longer. I’m progressively observing individuals who are panicked, and even in a frenzy. As we fight with this Climate Change, we need to be able to survive this emotionally as well. And the answer comes from people who are trying to overcome this.

In the United States, The Good Grief Network, founded by Aimee Reau and Laura Schmidt, is offering a 10-step program to help people deal with collective grief — issues that affect a whole society, especially Climate Grief.

Aimee Reau left, and Laura Schmidt, creators of the Good Grief Network. From NBC News

“Grieving with other people is so healing, being able to talk openly and cry it out,” a woman benefitting from this program said. “We look at each other in the eye and say,’ this is happening.” The program runs as a 10-week cycle, every week handling an alternate stage. It’s right now in its third cycle in Salt Lake City and is additionally running online. The group urges members to stand up to their fears and pity and recognize that they are a piece of the issue as polluters in a carbon-energized framework, yet in addition, see the inspiration and quality as a component of the arrangement. With this Crisis, there is heaps of vulnerability.

There is frequently overstated logical vulnerability. These days the vast majority realize that things are undoubtedly evolving quickly. It is hard to know the specific changes in the environments around us and how rapidly they are occurring. At that point, there is all the anxiety, related both to questions and to down to earth decisions. Vulnerability about which accepted practices to follow brings uneasiness.

Over the last couple of years, a series of reports have conveyed critical alerts about Climate Crisis. The UN reports said the most exceedingly awful impacts —, for example, the flooding of waterfront territories brought about by rising ocean levels, dry season, food deficiencies and progressively visit and extreme cataclysmic events — could show up when 2040 arrives in the blink an eye.

In November, the US Government discharged a report with likewise disturbing discoveries. The two reports said cutting ozone-depleting substance outflows could, at present, turn away a significant number of these impacts. Yet, an examination not long ago found that subsequent to holding consistent from 2014 to 2016, emanations rose in 2017 and are on course to hit an unequalled high in 2018. For some working-class residents of third world countries, this brings a significant existential crisis. The world is uncovered to be significantly more grievous and delicate than individuals suspected it was. For some youngsters, this crisis is the gigantic primary emergency that they face.

Furthermore, our social orders have not been excellent in late decades at building passion and strength to fight this. This dynamic earth can tend to feel lonely and helpless, and especially during these isolating times as we retrospect can cause us anxiety. Overcoming this can be challenging, but we don’t need to give up on us, others, or the next generation. So, we should start but accept and talk about it with people we trust or reach out to professionals.

The internet is a fascinating place. Google and research resources and programs as well as educate oneself. At its best, a pain prompts the revitalization of an individual’s energies, a capacity to reinvest importance in those acts of life that appear to be rudimentary. The world is currently unique, and so are we, and there is meaning to everyday life. Some individuals have experienced this sort of grief and misery normally for quite a long while their encounters give the necessary support. So, in simple words, try to reach out to people. It is not wrong to be hopeful about climate change.

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Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

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The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

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As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

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A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

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