Being a mother comes with its own unique worries and fears too. The love I have for my daughter is a fierce, protective love that feels instinctive and primal. My happiness and well-being is deeply intertwined with her happiness and well-being. When she cries, I feel it deep in my soul. I worry that we have created a world that will hold much suffering for her and all other children as they grow. Constant fires, deadly heat and storms, droughts, food scarcity, and the conflict and violence that often accompanies instability.
But, to be the mother she deserves, I have to fight those fears and dedicate myself to creating a healthier, sustainable, more just world.
No matter what change you’re able to bring about, it’s going to help someone, and it’s going to help the most vulnerable people.
The system change we need will not be easy, and it won’t come quickly. It will take all of us, with all the skills and abilities and ideas we each have, for a very long time. And we are not going to get there if we all burn out along with the world as we know it. We are barely at the starting line now. It will at times be frustrating, uncomfortable, and challenging.
And so we need to do the things that humans have always done to find meaning and feel community. We need to make, share, and consume art. We need the artists, both among us and within us, now more than ever.
There have been generations of organizing and people feeling this pain so maybe the climate crisis just got attention right now, but certainly in the Global South, they’ve been feeling this for years and years.
This five minute episode features Eric Holthaus, a writer, reporter, and father of two kids who is passionate about reshaping climate stories. In this short video, Eric tells us about how the climate conversation has shifted over the past five years to focus more on the emotional barriers to action. Eric explains how he makes sense of his personal call to action to shift perspectives, amplify others’ voices, and build from a foundation of love.
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Kristine submitted this story after overcoming extreme anxiety at a birthday party. This experience left her wanting to model change and is a great example for all the parents out there struggling with their own party plans.
This five minute episode features Beth Sawin, a biologist and systems-thinker who crafts the best Twitter threads. Beth is a co-director of Climate Interactive, a think tank that models climate simulations to help people see a more interconnected picture of our ecosocial relationships. This interview was cut from Beth’s contribution to an upcoming Eco-Anxious Stories podcast looking at eco-anxiety through the lens of the enneagram (www.enneagraminstitute.com (https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/)), where she discusses the pressure that many of us feel to “fix” the climate crisis. Have a listen (and see if you can guess Beth’s enneagram type)!
Meghan and Joni were feeling overwhelmed, afraid, and angry about the state of the world, and they decided to come together to reflect on what they could control: how we take care of ourselves, each other, and the earth - even when it feels like the end of the world.
Let's shrug off silence and channel anxiety into meaningful stories together.