Wellness Health & Well-being Is Empathy the Most Important Survival Skill of the 21st Century? John Marshall Roberts Thinks So (Video) By Mat McDermott Writer Yogamaya: Registered yoga teacher New York University: MS, Global Affairs Burlington College: BA, writing and literature. Mat McDermott is a writer, photographer, film-maker, nature lover, and accomplished yogi our editorial process Twitter Twitter Mat McDermott Updated October 11, 2018 Migrated Image Share Twitter Pinterest Email Wellness Health & Well-being Clean Beauty From a psychological and metaphysical perspective global climate change, just a symptom of the greater problem of unsustainable resource usage by humans, isn't a problem of greenhouse gases, it's a problem of lack of empathy and the triumph of cynicism. I've written about this many times on Planet Green--as well as the importance of the companion to empathy, compassion--but in case you need more convincing, check out this short(ish) video of psychologist John Marshall Roberts speaking at TEDx New Zealand--he goes so far as to say that empathy is perhaps the foremost survival skill of the current age, and he's probably right. It's well worth the next 15 minutes of your time.