Arwa Mahdaw captures this well in her piece in The Guardian titled, "The world is literally on fire – so why is it business as usual for politicians?" where with the concept of “eco-anxiety," she further notes its harmful effects on our mental health.
Her concluding paragraph offers important directionality going forward nonetheless:
After all, only 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions. You know all this already; we all do. But our politicians still are not taking meaningful action. Capitalism is carrying on with business as usual. The world is literally on fire – and it feels as though we are fiddling with paper straws while it burns.
In the piece that follows, Bill McCann is spot on. We must absolutely listen to our children and grandchildren. I'm a total fan of Greta Thunberg, the young, Swedish activist. Don't even listen to the naysayers. The world IS on fire. Now let's do something about it.