One thing I found interesting about the findings of my research was the overlap between encounters leading to mental health impacts of climate change and sources of resilience. Bearing witness to deterioration of places of personal importance was the most frequently cited encounter that lead to mental health impacts while at the same time, spending time in nature was the most common source of resilience. Similarly, consideration of future generations lead participants to experience eco-anxiety, grief and guilt while also bringing feelings of hope for change, action and a better future. The complex web of feelings wrapped up in the experience of eco-anxiety is not easily untangled.
Are you feeling this change, this urgency, like the trill of cicadas at night, like the roll of distant thunder across the hairs on your arms? Are you feeling the way this world is buzzing, thrilling, electric and on the cusp?
Coming hard on the heels of this, COVID19, with its roots in habitat loss and exploitation of animals, adds yet another dimension to my grief in response to the tragedies of human-driven ecological disruptions.
The things that we do have control over in our life include the way that we take care of ourselves, the way that we take care of other people in our lives, and the way that we take care of the world. Zines are a very accessible form of creativity because you're working with other people's images and other people's words.
The world we need to create—our adaptation to the level of change that’s already starting and our path to zero emissions—isn’t outside us. It’s within us, in the fall of our feet on the earth and the way we greet one another as dusk falls.
Kaitlin, like many of us in these uncertain times, was grappling at how she could be of service to humanity. This story of a simple and sweet gesture is an example that we do have capacity to start a revolution and stand together.
I’m older now.
The grass begs for rain.
The sun, my old companion, frightens me. Beckoning fire and smoke.
There are days, weeks maybe, when I don’t hear the birds singing.
Let me out.
Let me find the path outward
beyond myself and all the shiny objects
I once thought were treasures.
Let me out.
Out of the collected,
the calamity, the chaotic
What is one thing you can do in this hour, day, or week that will give you a sense of delight + wonder? This exercise will help you find it.
Can you relate? “As I began waking up to the urgency of preventing runaway global warming, some of the toughest moments to get through were those when I’d look around and not be able to see with my own eyes any proof that we are in a species-wide existential crisis.” If you’ve ever felt alone in your eco-anxiety, read on, friend!
Kevin had never experienced anxiety of any form before having kids. In this story he recalls a journey from the depths of his eco-anxiety to hyper-awareness and eventually to a platform called Eco-Anxious Stories.
Today felt dark in almost every way: being January, the days are short, the clouds are thick and the rain is heavy.
Eco-Anxious Stories is a labour of love. It’s a project, it’s a website, it’s a channel, it’s a platform, and it’s a community. We’re not trying to be everything to everyone, but we are aiming to take a broad approach to a specific question: How can we support each other to transform our eco-anxieties into meaningful action?
Hello! Welcome to Eco-Anxious Stories. As co-founders of the site, we wanted to say hi and introduce ourselves. Check out these videos for background on who we are, why we started this project, and what to expect from the site.
I can empathize with the feeling that this crisis is so complex and enormous that it is overwhelming to know where to even start. But the answer is annoyingly simple: at the beginning.
I know I'm not alone in finding peace in the works of Mary Oliver.
This beautiful piece, from the pages of her classic collection, Devotions, resonates deeply and I hope it compels you to go out into the morning and sing.
Let's shrug off silence and channel anxiety into meaningful stories together.