I suffer from anxiety about the future—too many things are going awry all at the same time.
My hope withers as the oaks and madrone trees drop near my home of 40 years. The forest is drying, and with it comes fire danger. I have such angst it makes me want to leave this place I’ve grown up in. It is heartbreaking.
Know as “ecological anxiety” or “climate grief”, it’s a condition so common now that therapists have a new word to describe it:
“Solastalgia.” The trauma of losing one’s home while staying in the same place.
Better add it to your spell-check dictionary. It’s going to be around for a while.
UN’s Climate Report warns that we aren’t doing enough to curb emissions like we said we would. All countries need to be cutting and removing emissions faster and at wider scopes in all areas of the economy.
If we don’t start acting like one species sharing one planet, we’ll suffer more severe climate events. With devastating loss, damage, displacement, and hunger.
It’s time to think about what we can do to overcome anxiety by channeling it into positive and productive actions. Because as challenging as that may seem, the world needs balanced and grounded individuals to lead the way.
How does one overcome existential angst while the planet toasts?
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