A green-eyed monster of another kind

Environmental spats breaking couples apart

Therapists are reporting an increase in clashes between spouses over environmental issues. Some arguments are fairly banal, along the “Where are your recycling bins?”-line. But other times, the disputes can paralyze relationships. Consider a married couple planning a vacation. One might want to bake in the Caribbean heat, while the other might be opposed to taking high carbon footprint flights. Or imagine a couple figuring out where to eat dinner. One might feel like sushi, whereas the other might oppose eating unsustainable sources of salmon. Thomas Joseph Doherty, a clinical psychologist in Oregon whose practice focuses on environmental concerns, says climate change “touches every part of how they live: what they eat, whether they want to fly, what kind of vacation they want.”

New York Times