Flourishing in the Face of Climate-Grief and Eco-Anxiety

climate anxiety, climate grief, eco anxiety, climate emergencyHow do you hold onto hope when everything seems hopeless?

How do you enjoy daily life when it all feels pointless?

These kinds of feelings are things I have experienced before, as someone who has had depression a number of times. And I am feeling them now, but not due to depression.

We are now seeing #climategrief affecting many of us. As the news about loss of so many species hits us this week, these feelings grow more intense. We MUST band together and build resilience so we can flourish in the face of the terrifying things we hear about our future, in particular we must enable this for our children.

We must share the frightening messages about climate change and environmental disaster, to push leaders into emergency action, but at the same time, we must nurture each other. This is the biggest challenge we face and we must face it together.

As my psychology phd thesis is now submitted, I am working on some ideas I have about ‘Flourishing in the face of climate-grief and eco-anxiety’.

This will include a book and online resources. I think this will be critical to our survival- life on earth is rapidly changing and we need to know what we can do as individuals, families and communities and how to not just survive, but thrive.

We must sit with this grief together. Otherwise we will become unable to act because people who feel trapped, powerless and beaten, will be incapacitated and too devastated to move forward.

Do you experience these feelings too? I would love to hear so I can include these in my book.

Please tell me your thoughts here and pass this on to other people x

Helen

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