Burning up and burning out. Human Sustainability in a Time of Emotional Climate Change


  • Bahia El Oddi Founder, Human Sustainability Inside Out. MBA at Harvard Business School, USA 0000-0002-0713-5552
  • Carin Knoop Executive Director at Harvard Business School Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA 0000-0002-1732-3151




The world is focused on countering climate change to guarantee our survival. But as our planet burns up, we are burning out. The costs of mental health disorders dwarf those of climate change and yet do not get commensurate attention from global leaders. Health care providers and organizations have acted first but need support of the financial markets and public decision-makers. In this paper, we argue that the economic and social toll of mental health and wellbeing issues deserve equal attention from business and public leaders because Human Sustainability is as important as Environmental Sustainability for our ability to endure and thrive as a species in harmony with others.


emotional climate, mental health, compassionate management, corporate responsibility, personal responsibility, health policy, normative accounting, inflection points,


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How to Cite

El Oddi, B. and Knoop, C. (2022) “Burning up and burning out. Human Sustainability in a Time of Emotional Climate Change”, Academicus International Scientific Journal. Vlora, Albania, 13(25), pp. 56–74. doi: 10.7336/academicus.2022.25.04.