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Brit Psychiatrists Are Right: Here’s A Benefit Of A Low-Carbon Lifestyle

A low-carbon lifestyle could improve the mental health. Yeah? Yeah! A low-carbon lifestyle could improve the mental health…of people that are convinced that a low-carbon lifestyle is needed to save the planet.

Of course!

Professor Dinesh Bhugra, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists which represents 13,000 psychiatrists in the UK, highlighted the indisputable benefits of a low-carbon lifestyle to mental health. “Research shows a low-carbon lifestyle can improve mental health – which is why the RCPsych is proud to be playing its part in the 10:10 campaign,” he said. “People who engage in active, low-carbon activities, such as walking or cycling more often, are not only cutting emissions but keeping their bodies and minds healthy. For mild depression, physical activity can be as good as antidepressants or psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy.”

(my emphasis)

Think now about all those poor souls, AGW believers through-and-through battered by news upon bad news for more than a year now (Climategate, Copenhagen’s abject failure, the IPCC-gates such as Amazongate and Hollandunderwatergate, 10:10 celebrating murder, Pachauri hanging on, Cancun forecasted as yet another failure,  and so on and so forth).

Mild depression? I think not!! OF COURSE the AGWers, they must be a bunch of quite depressed people.

Let them show us all without further ado, how to live a low-carbon lifestyle! For their own sake!!

ps I wonder what Prof Bhugra will do when low-carbon-lifestylers will turn up to be ever more depressed, having found out what kind of un-necessarily harsh living a low-carbon lifestyle is…

(H/T Alex Cull and hro001)

  1. Dick K
    2010/10/24 at 15:30

    Add another point to your “Argument ad Providentiam” list.

    Suddenly, actions previously known to be good are now coincidentally necessary to fight climate change.

  2. geoffchambers
    2010/10/20 at 12:52

    Help! The doctors have taken over the asylum.

  3. 2010/10/20 at 12:15

    “People who engage in active, low-carbon activities, such as walking or cycling more often, are not only cutting emissions but keeping their bodies and minds healthy. For mild depression, physical activity can be as good as antidepressants or psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy.”

    The insertion of ‘low-carbon activities’ and ‘cutting emissions’ is just gratuitous because the medical point is wholly unrelated to it. If physical activity were a high carbon activity, the benefits to mental health would be the same. The only thing worth saying that has any connection to mental health is

    “People who engage in activities such as walking or cycling more often, are keeping their bodies and minds healthy. For mild depression, physical activity can be as good as antidepressants or psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy.”

    You could insert all sorts of things in the sentence to turn fact into propaganda.

    “People who engage in active, low mentally-stimulating activities, such as walking or cycling more often, are not only cutting bookwork but keeping their bodies and minds healthy. For mild depression, physical activity can be as good as antidepressants or psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy.”

    Would one then claim that low mental stimulation was good for one’s mental health. No, it’s a complete non sequitur.

  4. Sean
    2010/10/19 at 23:22

    Don’t be so glum, he may be on to something. By analogy a high carbon lifestyle will make people depressed which could lead to mental illness. Al Gore has the largest carbon footprint of any person outside of the Saudi royal family and the man is one of the most depressed multimillionaire climate crusader I have ever seen.

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