Emergency events may have resulted in loss or damage of homes or livelihoods that take a significant toll on mental health. Key climate risks are also impacting our green spaces and recreational activities that we need to support our wellbeing. Extreme heat, heatwaves and resulting lack of sleep can also affect mental health.
For young people and parents of children, fear of what the future holds is increasing anxiety and distress.
Providing communities with opportunities to implement adaptation on an individual and community level, as well as within the natural environment, could remove a sense of disempowerment or lack of control that can be associated with the enormity of climate change.
Creative projects have an important role to play in engaging people in climate change and adaptation including celebrating diversity, encouraging innovation, and providing a sense of hope and inspiration.