Last Monday The Climate Institute’s released its latest report on the real costs of inaction of climate change "Climate of Suffering". It has evoked some disappointing but predictable responses. "Wallowing in Doom and Gloom" ran The Australian’s editorial comment (August 31). Even Bjorn Lomborg, the internationally renowned "sceptical environmentalist" has chipped in, clearly without reading the report, suggesting that it is an "extreme reaction" to draw a link between cutting carbon emissions and mental health objectives.
Far from wallowing in gloom and doom, this report has been scrupulously reviewed and researched and was launched by Professor Ian Hickie, of the Brain & Mind Research Institute, with support from the Australian Psychological Society’s Dr Susie Burke, and other leading mental and public health advocates.