Ecological Grief and Climate Trauma

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I’m changing myself.
— Rumi

This isn’t all about grief, though grief may be present. It’s about following the path of resistance and listening to where it takes us. It’s about having the courage see what’s being deconstructed all around us, to shed the paradigm we are operating from and surrender to what’s just beneath the surface. To what else is possible. To what can be reassembled when we don’t have any answers. These definitions are a starting point. You have both the opportunity and responsibility to co-create the points outstretched from here.

Art by Nicholas Papadakis

Art by Nicholas Papadakis

Ecological Grief

Ecological Grief encompasses the feelings felt in response to experienced or anticipated ecological losses, including the loss of species and ecosystems, natural resources, and landscapes due to climate change. These feelings may include grief, sadness, despair and anger but are absolutely not limited to those.

Climate Trauma

Climate Trauma offers us a lens to view our individual and collective response (or lack thereof) to the climate crisis. It acknowledges that the real and perceived impact of climate change can awaken all past personal and cultural trauma that is unprocessed and repressed. To meet the global challenges we face, we begin by addressing the trauma holding us back. We also start to recognize that the magnitude of these circumstances lead us to loosen our death grip on anything resembling a type of certainty—as opposed to reaching for “solutions” or “answers”.