Update: Video now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPmvtuYCBAY
Join us on Friday, August 13th from Noon – 1:00 pm for the next “Libraries in the Global Arena: Responding to the Climate Crisis” session as Rachel Malena-Chan presents about the concept of eco-anxiety and a framework for channeling uncomfortable climate emotions into meaningful action.
What frameworks are useful for making sense of eco-anxiety? Stories are all about grounding information in context. We experience eco-anxiety individually and collectively, but everyone comes from a different context. Learning more about the broader context - the bigger story - can help you identify other characters in the story who may be experiencing these feelings in a different way. We may be used to starting the story with "Who am I in this story?" but it's more important to ask "When am I in this story?"
Rachel Malena-Chan, co-founder of Eco-Anxious Stories, sat down this past summer with Justin Fisher from Climate Jutice Saskatoon to talk about her research and why she started the Eco-Anxious Stories project.
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I never thought I’d say this, but today I feel fortunate to have spent many years developing a set of tools to handle my anxiety. So while the pandemic is now at the top of the list of things that cause me anxiety, I am able to meet it head on and navigate my feelings.
This doesn’t mean that I cruise through the day with a smile on my face. It means that I can quickly recognize when anxiety is creeping and take action before it escalates. For those experiencing these new emotions and physiological responses for the first time, I empathize and want to help. Here are my go-to techniques that have been in heavy use these past weeks.
Feeling eco-anxious? Here are some quick tips. Take a deep breath. Smile. Reach out to others. Remember: you’re not alone, you’re not powerless, you can start wherever you are.
Find a comfortable place to sit or lie, close your eyes, and let Mary's voice help you navigate to a more peaceful place.
This infographic models tips for individual and groups, crafted with inspiration from Leslie Davenport, Renee Lertzman, Dan Rubin, Climate Interactive, Mary Anaise Heglar and more.
This love note is a simple road map for when you are stuck. When anxiety has you by the throat and you don’t know what to do. In conversations with my clients, sorting out what drains one’s energy and what fuels one’s soul is the first step to moving beyond stuck.
Let's shrug off silence and channel anxiety into meaningful stories together.