As the climate crisis continues to wreak havoc on our planet, its effects have been felt in many aspects of our lives – including our relationships. In a recent article in The New York Times, journalist Hana Schank discussed the impact of climate change on couples.
Schank interviewed several couples who were affected by the changing environment, and their stories touched on the complex and varied ways climate change can impact a relationship. For some, the effects were more immediate, such as when one partner’s work was directly impacted by environmental disasters. For others, the more subtle effects of climate change seeped into their lives and their relationship, making it harder to find common ground.
One couple, the Kramers, had been together for eight years when they began to feel the effects of climate change. As temperatures rose and the weather became more unpredictable, their plans for the future became uncertain. This, in turn, led to tension and uncertainty in their relationship.
“We could feel the tension in the air and it was hard to talk about our hopes and dreams for the future because we knew that the climate crisis would likely have an effect on them,” said Mrs. Kramer.
The Kramers’ story is just one example of how climate change can be a source of stress and tension in a relationship. As the climate continues to deteriorate, the need to understand how it can impact our relationships increases.
For those affected, it’s important to remember that the climate crisis is out of our control and that our relationships can be a source of strength and stability in uncertain times. With open communication, understanding, and support, couples can weather the storm of climate change together.