Eco-anxiety is the new term being given to people concerned over seemingly unstoppable climate change. Young people especially are worried when they hear of reports that great chunks of earth will go underwater, when the ice sheets melt. Plus already we are seeing the results of eco-anxiety – becoming terribly upset seeing koalas die in wildfires, and watching people and animals succumb to ‘acts of God’ that often are more caused by man’s denial of climate change.
Some say it’s too late, other are more hopeful. But what is certain is that we still have time, as long as everyone gets on board. The naysayers are the ones saying that we can’t help the results, because not enough people are willing to make the effort. And that’s a good reason to turn off the news, when you see the kind of people running our world. But most people are good and want to help, so try to keep positive! Others suffer ‘ecological grief’, thinking that the end of our planet and all life on it would be (quite rightly) traffic, all for the sake of ‘economic growth’.
How to Manage Your Eco-Anxiety is a beautifully illustrated book to help young people validate their emotions and discover that it can be comforting (rather than worrying) to care for the planet. Drawing on years of experience as a psychoanalyst, the author shares insights into become part of the solution, without all the stress and guilt. You’ll finish the book with solutions and practical actions to make a different to the planet, others and yourself.
- Focus on things that bring you joy
- Talk to someone you trust
- Be kind to yourself
- Learn more about climate change
- Listen to your body
Author Anouchka Grose is a British-Australian psychoanalyst and writer. She is passionate concerned on the effect of the climate crisis on our mental health. Illustrator Lauriane Bohémier is an artist from Quebec (Canada) who is inspired by nature. She believes that when we follow our life’s purpose, all will flow.