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Topic: Climate Anxiety and Grief


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Opinion: I’m a climate scientist. If you knew what I know, you’d be terrified too | CNN

  2024-03-07 in CNN International

Climate scientist Bill McGuire writes on his conundrum: what’s happening to our planet scares the hell out of him—but if he shouts the unvarnished truth from the rooftops, will that inspire you to act or to give up?

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Anxiety and Grief | Climate Change Impacts | Activism | Science


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Opinion: I’m a climate scientist. If you knew what I know, you’d be terrified too | CNN

  2024-03-07 in CNN International

Climate scientist Bill McGuire writes on his conundrum: what’s happening to our planet scares the hell out of him—but if he shouts the unvarnished truth from the rooftops, will that inspire you to act or to give up?

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Anxiety and Grief | Climate Change Impacts | Activism | Science


How Therapists Treat Anxiety, Stress Over Climate Change - Bloomberg

  2024-02-16 in Bloomberg

Mental health experts are reporting a rising number of patients experiencing high levels of stress over global warming and its impacts. How are they treating it?

  Tagged under: Health | Climate Anxiety and Grief | Climate Change Impacts


I swam everyday to process my grief. Now Cornwall's beaches can be blighted by sewage

  2023-08-21 by in inews.co.uk

'The cold water helped to calm and soothe me, on both good and bad days'

  Tagged under: Fish | Climate Anxiety and Grief


If you’re not terrified, ‘you’re not paying attention’: Politicians, activist urge action amid record-breaking temperatures

  2023-07-06 by in Canada's National Observer

This week, average global temperatures are smashing records left and right, which “should fill everyone with anxiety,” says Green Party deputy leader Jonathan Pedneault. 

  Tagged under: Activism | Collapse | Climate Anxiety and Grief


Climate grief is real – and I cannot keep watching images of our dying planet | David Shearman

  2023-07-04 in The Guardian

Our leaders’ addiction to economic growth and its consumption of environmental resources has me paralysed with fear and solastalgia

  Tagged under: Economic Growth | Health | Climate Anxiety and Grief


Climate anxiety is about more than just personal risks - Nature Climate Change

  2023-06-29 (or before) in Nature

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Anxiety and Grief


We don’t have to be overwhelmed by climate anxiety. Feel the pain, then act | Susie Orbach

  2023-06-25 in The Guardian

We might be scared and not know what to do. But as a new film reveals, that can help

  Tagged under: Health | Climate Anxiety and Grief


Sally Weintrobe | Climate Breakdown Shakedown - Climate Grief | Extinction Rebellion UK

  2023-05-26 (or before) in YouTube

Sally Weintrobe speaks to XR Greenwich on the topic of Climate Grief.“Most of us have been living in a bubble of disavowal about global heating”, Sally Weint...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Activism | Fossil Fuels | Carbon Bubble | Climate Anxiety and Grief


On Climate: Grieve, Cry, Don’t Give Up!

  2023-05-17 in Common Dreams

Grief calls climate activists to embrace the most difficult challenge: to fight to save as much life as possible and—hopefully—to restore some of what’s gone.

  Tagged under: Activism | Climate Anxiety and Grief


Studio Bonn – How to cope with fear? – Global Nerve Systems with Zoë Ruge, Rebecca Nestor & Lu Yang

  2023-05-12 (or before) in YouTube

Weniger Fliegen, weniger Fleisch: Alle kennen die praktischen Ratschläge zur Milderung des Klimawandels. Aber ist das Überleben des Planeten ein rein technis...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Anxiety and Grief


‘They are despairing’: climate crisis weighs heavy on mental health of young Australians

  2023-04-19 in The Guardian

A survey shows anxiety about the environment is prominent among teenagers, including Ruby Bron who feels ‘helpless’ about the future

  Tagged under: Activism | Health | Climate Anxiety and Grief


Climate Anxiety | EAUC

  2022-04-29 (or before) by in EAUC

The EAUC is the sustainability champion for universities and colleges in the UK.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Anxiety and Grief | Sustainability


Climate change: Don't let doom win, project tells worriers - BBC News

  2022-04-28 (or before) in The BBC

The BBC gets an exclusive look at a new project to help students deal with rising climate anxiety.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Anxiety and Grief


UK electric vehicle charging network is lagging behind, says Volkswagen

  2022-01-26 in The Guardian

‘Charging anxiety’ may prevent the government from meeting its 2030 target for mass adoption of zero-emission cars

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Electric Cars | Net Zero | Cars | Climate Anxiety and Grief


Toward a Taxonomy of Climate Emotions

  2022-01-19 (or before) in Frontiers

There is a growing evidence that emotions shape people’s reactions to the climate crisis in profound but complex ways. Climate emotions are related to resilience, climate action, and psychological well-being and health. However, there is currently a lack of research about the array of various climate emotions. There is also a need for more integration with general research about emotions. This article conducts a preliminary exploration of the taxonomy of climate emotions, based on literature reviews and philosophical discussion. The term emotion is used here in a broad sense, as is common in climate emotion research. Becau...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Health | Climate Anxiety and Grief


The harm from worrying about climate change

  2021-10-18 (or before) in BBC

Climate anxiety is affecting more people as climate change progresses. But there is a solution that can help ease the worry and slow climate breakdown at once, writes Christine Ro.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Anxiety and Grief


Young people’s climate anxiety revealed in landmark survey

  2021-09-22 in Nature

Children worldwide worry about the future and feel let down by governments, a huge study on attitudes towards climate change has found. Children worldwide worry about the future and feel let down by governments, a huge study on attitudes towards climate change has found.

  Tagged under: Climate Anxiety and Grief | Women and Children


Climate Anxiety Is an Overwhelmingly White Phenomenon

  2021-07-25 (or before) by in Scientific American

Is it really just code for white people wishing to hold onto their way of life or to get “back to normal?”

  Tagged under: Climate Anxiety and Grief


A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety

  2021-07-25 (or before) in University of California Press

Gen Z's first "existential toolkit" for combating eco-guilt and burnout while advocating for climate justice. A youth movement is reenergizing global environmental activism. The “climate generation”—late millennials and iGen, or Generation Z—is demanding that policy makers and government leaders take immediate action to address the dire outcomes predicted by climate science.

  Tagged under: Activism | Predictions | Climate Anxiety and Grief | Climate Justice


Excerpt | Grieving My Way Into Loving the Planet

  2021-07-22 (or before) in YES! Magazine

Being fully present to what is happening in the world is a radical act that can transform grief into action.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Health | Climate Anxiety and Grief


Excerpt | Grieving My Way Into Loving the Planet

  2021-07-18 (or before) in YES! Magazine

Being fully present to what is happening in the world is a radical act that can transform grief into action.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Health | Climate Anxiety and Grief


From anger to action: Differential impacts of eco-anxiety, eco-depression, and eco-anger on climate action and wellbeing

  2021-02-14 (or before) in ScienceDirect.com

Research documents the experiences of depression and anxiety evoked by climate change, but little attention has been given to frustration and anger, o…

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Activism | Climate Anxiety and Grief | Climate Change Impacts


Half of child psychiatrists surveyed say patients have environment anxiety

  2020-11-20 in The Guardian

Research finds young people in England feel growing distress about the future of the planet

  Tagged under: Health | Climate Anxiety and Grief


Home

  2020-10-09 (or before) in Climate Psychology Alliance

Psychology for understanding and facing climate change and difficult truths – responding to ecological crisis and helping each other engage

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Anxiety and Grief | Sustainability


How scientists are coping with ‘ecological grief’

  2020-01-12 in The Guardian

Scientists reveal how they are dealing with a profound sense of loss as the climate emergency worsens

  Tagged under: Great Barrier Reef | Climate Anxiety and Grief


Our Burning Planet: Op-Ed: End-of-life anxiety and finding meaning in a collapsing climate

  2019-11-19 by in Daily Maverick - South African news, opinion and investigations

Staring the reality of climate collapse square in the eye means confronting the shattering truth that many of us might not die of old age or natural causes – and will witness untold suffering we feel powerless to stop. Everyday psychotherapy may not be enough to contain the emotional crushing that comes with accepting that we – as individuals and as a species – are in a hospice situation. End-of-life healthcare may gain a new role.

  Tagged under: Health | Collapse | Climate Anxiety and Grief


Extinction Rebellion: The only true solution to climate anxiety

  2019-11-18 in Christian Climate Action - Direct action, public witness for the climate

Holly-Anna Peterson, CCA member and mental health professional, writes about climate anxiety: In the face of climate emergency, the question has been raised about how best to communicate this threa…

  Tagged under: Extinction Rebellion | Christianity | Climate Anxiety and Grief | Health


Hope in a time of climate chaos – a speech to psychotherapists

  2019-11-03 in Professor Jem Bendell - Deep Adaptation to societal breakdown

Keynote speech on eco anxiety to professional psychotherapists

  Tagged under: Climate Anxiety and Grief


What happens when you can see disaster unfolding, and nobody listens?

  2019-10-25 (or before) in Mother Jones - Smart, fearless journalism

The distinct burden of being a climate scientist

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Health | Climate Anxiety and Grief


Parents told not to terrify children over climate change as rising numbers treated for 'eco-anxiety'

  2019-09-17 (or before) in The Telegraph

Rising numbers of children are being treated for “eco-anxiety”, experts have said, as they warn parents against “terrifying” their youngsters with talk of climate catastrophe.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Anxiety and Grief | Women and Children


'Ecological grief': Greenland residents traumatised by climate emergency

  2019-08-12 by Dan McDougall in The Guardian

Islanders are struggling to reconcile impact of global heating with traditional way of life, survey finds

  Tagged under: Arctic | Ice Melting | Global Warming | Greenland | Climate Anxiety and Grief | Climate Change


How I stave off despair as a climate scientist

  2019-03-03 (or before) in Nature

So much warming, so many dire effects, so little action — Dave Reay reveals how dreams of soggy soil and seaweed keep him going. So much warming, so many dire effects, so little action — Dave Reay reveals how dreams of soggy soil and seaweed keep him going.

  Tagged under: Climate Anxiety and Grief | Global Warming


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