Ecological Anxiety, Grief and Climate Trauma

What it feels like if you’re paying attention

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 and destabilized 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 the truth. 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 our relationship to place due to climate change. These feelings may include grief, sadness, anxiety, despair and anger but are 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 concurrently address the trauma holding us back. We start to recognize that the magnitude of these circumstances lead us to loosen our death grip on anything resembling a type of certainty—rather than reaching for solutions or answers.

Once we bring context to these emotions, our work can truly begin. You might be seeing news articles popping up about eco-anxiety or be hearing about the importance of grieving, but dominant Western culture doesn’t teach us how to do any of this. We don’t know where to start. I can support you to unwind the cultural and familiar programming that has you acting from a place of fear and separation, so that you can breathe and move forward, step by step, with more ease and stability than ever before. So now what?