Three people sit on a bench facing a forest fire on a hill at night, with a fire truck nearby. The flames illuminate the trees, creating a dramatic and intense scene.

Residents watch the Sheep Fire wildfire burn near their homes in Wrightwood, California, United States; 11 June 2022. Photo by Kyle Grillot/Reuters



How to cope with climate anxiety

It’s normal to feel troubled by the climate crisis. These practices can help keep your response manageable and constructive

Residents watch the Sheep Fire wildfire burn near their homes in Wrightwood, California, United States; 11 June 2022. Photo by Kyle Grillot/Reuters





Lucia Tecuta

is a cognitive behavioural therapist and clinical psychologist specialised in rational emotive behaviour therapy, ecotherapy and climate-conscious therapy. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Bologna in Italy conducting research on the relationship between ecological and climate concerns and sustainable behaviours, and she is a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance.

Edited by Matt Huston





Need to know

From increasingly frequent extreme-weather events, such as floods and wildfires, to rising temperatures that yield eerily mild winters and hellishly hot summers, the effects of climate change have become nearly impossible to ignore. As a result, more people than ever are bringing distress about the climate crisis into their therapists’ offices, where therapists like me have been helping them grapple with it. Climate anxiety is projected to be a growing mental health burden as the climate emergency continues to unfold.

Climate anxiety – which refers to the experience of anxiety and related feelings (such as despair, sadness and anger) about the impacts of climate change – can manifest in various, often very challenging ways. The focus of concern can span from one’s personal wellbeing to the state of the planet and the very future of human existence.

One of my therapy clients, whom I’ll call Laura, felt a growing sense of helplessness and despair about the effects of climate change after a period of scorching heat and unpredictable weather destroyed her once-vibrant garden. She began to dread the arrival of summer every year and would check the temperature forecast frequently. She also worried about the wider impacts of intensifying heatwaves and droughts. For another client, Luke – who had previously got trapped in his car during a severe hailstorm – it was seeing signs and reports of upcoming storms that heightened his anxiety. He wrestled with the idea that such events were going to become more frequent and destructive due to climate change. News images of devastating floods and storms across the globe filled him with a sense of danger that he couldn’t always shake off.

While anxiety about the climate crisis can be rational and even adaptive for most people, sometimes it can become pervasive and incapacitating – as it was for these individuals. This burdensome form of climate anxiety can lead to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, causing intense suffering and potentially even deterring one from taking action in pursuit of climate solutions (what some have called ‘eco-paralysis’).

Coming to terms with climate change and its effects while living in constant uncertainty about the world’s future is challenging for any human being. Structural change is the real solution for climate anxiety, but as people work together to achieve that, we can also focus on building emotional resilience. If you are struggling with intense feelings related to climate change, and if your anxiety is becoming harder to manage, this Guide can help you better understand the challenge and start to make your feelings more manageable. Hopefully, it will inspire you to take action in the process, and to connect with others to share the burden of these profound and complex feelings.

When and why climate anxiety poses a problem

It can be distressing to even just think about the climate crisis and the disorienting uncertainty associated with it. Some degree of anxiety about the problem shows that a person cares deeply and is paying attention to what is, in fact, a global emergency. Caring about people across the globe, the state of ecosystems and the welfare of other living beings reflects a respect for life and interconnectedness. Some scholars have even deemed climate anxiety a constructive form of anxiety, given its potential to motivate environmentally friendly behaviours and to promote activism or civic involvement.

There is a difference, however, between being concerned about climate change, as most people across the globe seem to be, and being impaired by climate anxiety. It has likely taken on a problematic form if worries and negative thoughts are repetitive and constant; if you feel like you can’t stop thinking about the subject; if you have trouble concentrating or making decisions; if you experience physiological symptoms of anxiety, like shortness of breath; if you’ve been avoiding certain things or situations, or are having a hard time carrying out everyday activities; or if you have chronic feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. In some individuals, climate anxiety could develop into clinical anxiety or depression, especially among those who have struggled with mental health issues previously.

While anyone can experience climate anxiety, certain groups appear to be especially affected, including children, young people, people in Indigenous communities, people who care about the environment and nature, climate activists, those who work on climate issues (such as climate scientists), people whose livelihood depends on nature (farmers, for example), and anyone who has experienced first-hand losses due to climate change. Higher climate anxiety is also associated with perceptions of government inaction on climate issues, especially in younger people. Moreover, for many of us, but perhaps for younger generations especially, the constant bombardment of negative climate news can be unsettling and demoralising.

‘Climate anxiety’ is sometimes used interchangeably with the term ‘eco-anxiety’, though the latter most commonly refers to worries about environmental deterioration in general – due to climate change as well as other factors, such as pollution and the overexploitation of natural resources. For instance, for one of my clients, the pervasive plastic pollution in her local community became a source of frequent distress. Of course, ecological destruction and climate change go hand in hand, so eco-anxiety and climate anxiety often overlap.

In the next section of this Guide, I’ll share a number of strategies that have been helpful for my clients struggling with anxiety and distress related to the climate crisis, as well as those with more general eco-anxiety. These strategies include getting a better understanding of what you’re feeling, calming your body when it’s in a state of alarm, tackling unhelpful thoughts and media usage, and taking constructive action. A realistic goal in using the Guide is not to get rid of uncomfortable feelings related to climate change – that would be unrealistic and unhelpful, given the ongoing nature of the crisis. Instead, taking note from the psychotherapist Albert Ellis, we can aim to transform dysfunctional anxiety into a dose of healthy concern and, ultimately, to accept challenging emotions as part of the human experience.

What to do

Recognise what you’re feeling and learn to accept it

It’s important to not judge your emotional response to climate change. Emotions, including climate emotions, are vital compasses with which we navigate through life, and they are precious signals that inform us about what is important to us.

One way to understand climate anxiety – and to accept having some degree of it – is to see it as a manifestation of the adaptive stress response, the physiological mechanism that evolved to help us protect ourselves from danger. A classic example is when the body prepares to respond to a threat (say, a large predator) so that it can react appropriately, such as by fleeing or fighting the threat. When the stress response is transient, it can be seen as adaptive. The problem arises when one is chronically stuck in a stress response because the threat is ongoing, or because one is responding to a potential future threat, and there is nowhere to flee to. This is a scenario that the climate crisis, unfortunately, matches very well.

Climate-related emotions are valid responses to the situation we’re in, and should first of all be treated as such. Having established that, let’s direct our attention towards identifying what, exactly, you are feeling. Naming your feelings is the first step towards being able to manage them, and it can be very helpful in lowering your distress levels.

How does naming emotions help? When an emotion is activated, it can feel as if, in a sense, you are the emotion, rather than simply experiencing and observing it. When you name your emotion, the physiological activation is typically reduced in intensity, and you are able to become curious about the emotion. You take on an ‘observer’ perspective, which creates psychological distance from the emotion, allowing you to stay in the moment more lucidly rather than reacting automatically in ways that could be unhelpful. Sometimes when people feel emotions that, for them, are particularly distressing and uncomfortable, they do all sorts of things to avoid them, including avoiding certain behaviours or engaging in impulsive behaviours. They might also make up stories to match the feeling (eg, ‘If I feel this anxious, it must mean that something terrible is about to happen right now’), which can reinforce and exacerbate the initial emotion.

If you are highly anxious about climate concerns, you might have a difficult time reading or watching the news on climate-related events, since they might trigger intense physical sensations (such as rapid breathing and heart rate or tightness in the chest) or even cause you to have difficulty sleeping, especially if you doomscroll at night before going to bed. Perhaps you avoid climate-related content altogether. Alternatively, you might seek out excessive amounts of information in a counterproductive attempt to reassure yourself that the end of the world as we know it is not yet near, or to try to gain a sense of control by, say, repetitively checking for extreme weather forecasts. While the concern is valid, the associated responses will typically not be very helpful for your emotional wellbeing in the long run and might exacerbate the initial feelings, creating a self-reinforcing loop of distress.

Climate anxiety can also be associated with a range of other feelings, and these are worth recognising as well. You might get upset with yourself and feel intense guilt after adopting behaviours that contribute to carbon pollution, such as driving a car or booking a flight for a vacation – and perhaps you even convince yourself that you are a ‘bad person’. Or, you could feel anger towards family members or colleagues who deny that climate change is a problem, or who engage in detrimental behaviours. You might angrily repost stories of catastrophes hoping that it will wake people up to the devastating effects of climate change, or even get into heated discussions online with people who don’t share the same concerns.

To help you recognise your climate-related emotions, you can check out the climate emotions wheel, based on the works of the eco-emotions scholar Panu Pihkala and created by the Climate Mental Health Network. It’s a handy tool to help you practise labelling all your feelings in response to climate issues (it includes positive emotions – such as the inspiration you might feel in response to climate activism – in addition to negative ones).

It can be helpful to practise naming your emotions when they are intense and strong enough to easily identify. This is usually when there is also a physical sensation involved or a behaviour component (like the urge to do or say something). Once you are more familiar with your emotional reactions, it’ll be easier to catch them even at lower intensities.

Practise techniques for handling your feelings more gently

In addition to naming your climate emotions, there are exercises you can do anywhere, including at home or at work, that can help you build your capacity to handle the more challenging ones.

One useful exercise is diaphragmatic breathing, which promotes a bodily state of calm and relaxation that is incompatible with anxiety and stress. At first, you might want to practise this even when you are not particularly agitated or stressed, just to get the hang of it. Then you’ll be ready to apply it on occasions when climate-related anxiety feels especially paralysing.

To get started, find a quiet and comfortable place if you can. Try to relax your posture as you get into a comfortable position. When you are first trying this exercise, lying on a flat surface can help you notice the movement of your stomach as you breathe. Closing your eyes is optional if it helps you relax and focus on breathing. Place one hand on your chest and one on your stomach as a means to check if you are breathing correctly.

Inhale slowly through your nose, trying to expand your diaphragm as much as you can until you reach your maximum lung capacity, and noticing your hand moving as your stomach inflates much like a balloon. Your chest should not rise too much if you are doing this correctly. You can hold your breath for a few seconds if you’d like. Then, slowly let the air out through your mouth as you notice your hand on your stomach come down. You might want to keep count, inhaling and then exhaling for about four seconds each, just to make sure you are taking your time. To practise, you can try diaphragmatic breathing for 10 minutes twice a day until you’ve got it down.

A different, more routine practice that can be helpful for people with climate anxiety is mindfulness meditation, which involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Since anxiety is triggered by future-orientated negative thoughts, it can be useful to actively practise (perhaps once a day) being in the present and creating distance from distressing thoughts by allowing yourself to just observe them.

A simple mindfulness meditation practice can be done by, firstly, finding (once again) a comfortable and quiet place to sit or lie down. You can close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath without counting breaths or worrying about exactly how you’re breathing. Simply notice the sensation of each inhale and exhale, focusing on where you feel the air going and the feeling of air passing through your nostrils. If your mind wanders, which it most certainly will, gently bring your focus back to your breath, without judgment. You can also expand your awareness to other physical sensations – such as the feeling of your feet on the ground if you are standing, or the feeling of the chair pressing against your back if you are sitting – as well as the sounds around you (the fridge humming, neighbours talking, cars honking, birds outside your window, and so on).

Notice and challenge catastrophising thoughts

Oftentimes when someone experiences anxiety or related feelings of panic or fear, they have been engaging in catastrophic thinking, or imagining the worst-case scenario, to the point where their mind and body react as if that scenario were happening. Catastrophic thinking in relation to climate change is very much focused on future catastrophes that could happen, rather than on what has already happened (which might understandably generate sadness and grief).

Imagining worst-case scenarios is not a helpful strategy: it does not provide the mental space needed to properly plan – say, for an evacuation, in case of an actual severe weather event – but rather places you in a condition of heightened emotional vulnerability, which interferes with clear-headed problem-solving and planning. If you find yourself thinking of events that might happen without engaging in actual planning or problem-solving, you might be engaging in catastrophic thinking, also called catastrophising.

For other potential clues that you are doing this, ask whether your thought is non-specific, and triggers anxiety without considering the actual likelihood of something happening. For example: ‘What if crops stop growing and there’s a massive food shortage, and we all die of hunger? How terrible would that be!’ This thought is indeed non-specific (what would stop growing – all crops or some crops?). While technically this could potentially happen, we really don’t know, at this point in time, what the future holds. There are still many possible scenarios that could develop.

A useful technique to challenge catastrophic thinking related to climate change is what’s called the empirical dispute, used in rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The scope of disputing, in the context of climate change, is not to deny climate change itself or its devastating consequences, but rather to reformulate distressing thoughts to make them more manageable, so that alternative and more useful beliefs can guide your behaviours.

The idea is to challenge the distressing thought with evidence. Ask yourself: is there evidence to support this catastrophic scenario? For example, while weather patterns and rising temperatures are impacting crop growth, there are various agricultural practices and technologies in place to mitigate such risks. Food scientists are studying sustainable food-system alternatives. Moreover, governments and organisations are working to prevent and address food shortages. Try then to generate realistic alternative possibilities. For instance, consider the possibility of adaptive measures being taken in response to changes in weather patterns, such as irrigation systems or the development of drought-resistant crops.

You could also try another thought-disputing technique, the pragmatic dispute. In doing this, you ask: how does this thought serve me? Is it actually helpful in some way? If your answer is no, then you’ll want to try shifting to a more helpful focus, one that is more anchored in the present. The aim is not only to reduce anxiety, but to be able to better direct your time and effort towards actions that are useful to you and perhaps to the larger community. For example, taming anxiety-provoking and preoccupying thoughts might allow you to redirect your energy to aiding communities in vulnerable areas, such as by helping to combat food loss through food drives and food banks, or helping to plant a community garden for increased food security.

If your challenging thoughts are focused instead on the potential consequences that you fear your past behaviours might have on the planet, considering the bigger picture could help deflate the sense of anxiety or guilt you feel. It is crucial to recognise that significant systemic factors – particularly the activities of the fossil fuel industry – outweigh individual contributions to the problem of climate change.

If you’d like, you can learn more about how to defuse catastrophic thinking in my previous Guide on the subject. While the climate crisis can seem pretty bleak at times, it’s important to recognise that progress is still being made, albeit not as fast as it needs to be. There are people around the globe working tirelessly to tackle this enormous crisis from political, economic, agricultural, social, psychological and spiritual standpoints.

Stop doomscrolling and seek balanced news sources

Excessive exposure to climate-related news can increase anxiety, especially when it is negative, catastrophic news. As the psychologist Per Espen Stoknes has highlighted, doom narratives in climate change communication tend not to motivate people but rather become an obstacle to engagement, triggering a sense of helplessness and even avoidance. Doom narratives will have undertones of hopelessness, with ‘end of the world’ scenarios offered gratuitously, which might include repetitive messages about ‘final warnings’ and it being ‘too late’ for any significant change. In fact, experts instead say that every fraction of a degree in global temperature increases that we avoid can make a difference.

A doom mentality is arguably even more dangerous than climate-change denial, because it promotes paralysis and disengagement from climate action. Balanced news sources won’t avoid the ‘bad’ climate news altogether, but they will also discuss the solutions that are already being employed or that are being developed for the near future.

Becoming more mindful of not only what you expose yourself to, but for how long, can be extremely helpful. Try this exercise: jot down where you get your climate-related news; how many times a day you come into contact with it; how much time you spend reading and scrolling; and, how it makes you feel. If you start to see a connection between doomscrolling and your (negative) mood, it can become easier to decide to reduce it. You can try to limit your scrolling to, say, a maximum of 15 minutes a day and see if your mood improves. If that is still too distressing, perhaps avoid it altogether for several weeks, until you have practised the strategies I described earlier in the Guide and feel more confident about managing your climate emotions. Then see how you feel when you return to reading the news regularly and come across climate-related stories.

Another strategy is to replace some sources with more balanced and solution-focused climate news sources (such as The Daily Climate), or to look out for and follow climate activists on social media who report progress on important causes related to climate change.

Seek safe spaces to explore your feelings

Look for physical or virtual spaces in which sharing climate emotions in a safe and open manner is prioritised. Of course, you can reach out to friends and family and share your feelings with them if you think they would be open to hearing your concerns. Talking about climate change might still seem a bit taboo in some areas, as people underestimate the number of other individuals who are as concerned as they are. The data shows that, in reality, most people are concerned, even if they are not talking about it openly.

You can also choose to attend a free climate café – a type of informal support group – to explore your feelings about climate change in a safe, welcoming and nonjudgmental space with others. Climate cafés are offered locally or online, and some associations, like the Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA), organise them periodically to provide space for sharing feelings, thoughts and experiences. The CPA runs climate cafés in North America and the United Kingdom. In Australia, the organisation Psychology for a Safe Climate also offers climate cafés.

Another very accessible way to explore your feelings with help from others is to listen to climate-related podcasts that are insightful and thoughtful, without being overwhelming. For instance, on the podcast Climate Change and Happiness, the climate psychologist Thomas Doherty and the scholar Panu Pihkala reflect, along with guests, on how to coexist with climate emotions while fostering hope and emotional resilience.

The goal of exploring and possibly sharing your feelings about climate change – whether it be with a friend, at a climate café, or by listening to others express thoughts and emotions that resonate with you – is to increase your sense of connection and support. Sharing painful experiences has been shown to promote bonding and solidarity. Human beings thrive on building networks of support and helping one another, especially in the face of a crisis.

Take collective action and build community

There are various individual actions you can take to help reduce your personal impact on the climate – with one of the most impactful being to adopt more sustainable eating behaviours. However, engaging in meaningful collective action could help to reduce climate anxiety in a more prolonged way. Like the act of sharing feelings, collective action can reduce the sense of aloneness that many people feel, while fostering connections with like-minded others.

To get involved, you can look up local groups, associations or a local chapter of national or international organisations that tackle a climate-related issue that is important to you. You might start by looking up local organisations that make up the Climate Action Network, or by checking out lists of the many other relevant organisations across the globe.

Issues of interest could include:

  • Raising awareness about climate change and advocating for local policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Advocating for governmental climate action plans
  • Promoting public transportation, cycling and walking as alternatives to driving
  • Advocating for Indigenous populations and lands
  • Educating others about waste reduction and promoting recycling initiatives
  • Planting trees in deforested areas or urban environments
  • Creating community gardens
  • Cleaning up natural spaces

It might be tempting to skip the previous strategies and jump right into action. But it’s important to note that, although taking action can alleviate distress by lessening some of the despair and other feelings you might have, difficult climate-related emotions do still need to be acknowledged and expressed. Purposeful action is helpful, but it’s not an antidote for challenging feelings that, sooner or later, will catch up with you. Climate action can also easily lead to burnout if you don’t properly pace yourself, adopt helpful emotional strategies, and consistently seek connection and support from fellow humans.

It’s also important to remember that, while our actions (especially collective ones) can make a difference, you are not individually responsible for the massive scale of pollution and fossil-fuel emissions that are causing climate change. Ultimately, a global social, political and economic problem of such magnitude and complexity requires change on a systemic level – the kind of change that groups of concerned people can encourage. So I recommend keeping this mantra in mind: you are not responsible for the problem, but you can be part of the solution.

Key points – How to cope with climate anxiety

  1. Climate anxiety is a growing challenge. As the climate crisis unfolds, many people are struggling with persistent anxiety and related feelings about its impacts.
  2. Anxiety is a valid response, but it can also become impairing. Problematic forms of climate anxiety can involve intense distress, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, and even eco-paralysis.
  3. Recognise what you’re feeling and learn to accept it. Naming and validating your anxiety, and perhaps other climate-related emotions such as guilt or anger, can help make your feelings more manageable and lower your distress levels.
  4. Practise techniques for handling your feelings more gently. Diaphragmatic breathing or a simple mindfulness meditation can serve as additional tools to help you respond more effectively to difficult thoughts and feelings related to the climate crisis.
  5. Notice and challenge catastrophising thoughts. Faced with a serious global problem, it’s easy to slip into unhelpful thoughts about worst-case scenarios. Recognise when you’re doing this, and ask whether the thought is truly evidence-based or actually helping in any way.
  6. Stop doomscrolling and seek balanced news sources. Fatalistic narratives about the climate can feed anxiety and inaction. Explore sources that mix negative news with coverage of potential solutions, and try moderating your exposure time.
  7. Seek safe spaces to explore your feelings. Conversations with other concerned people in your life, online support groups and insightful podcasts are all ways to increase your sense of support and solidarity.
  8. Take collective action and build community. Working with others on climate-related issues that are important to you can further boost feelings of connection while giving you constructive ways to respond to climate anxiety.

Learn more

Reconnecting with nature when you have climate anxiety

As the climate crisis unfolds, nature can start to feel unsettling. While, on the one hand, natural systems seem fragile and delicate as they are increasingly under threat, on the other hand, we’re witnessing more than ever nature’s powerful and devastating force as extreme weather patterns intensify. Perhaps you’ve had direct negative experiences related to nature and climate change, whether it was enduring an extreme weather event, like a flood or wildfire, or simply noticing a change in seasonal patterns, such as declining snow accumulation on a typically snowy mountainside. If so, it’s valuable to work through the discomfort and deliberately cultivate positive experiences with nature.

When nature itself has become triggering for climate anxiety, the first step is to acknowledge your feelings about whatever event or aspect of nature has created discomfort. For example, it could be helpful to acknowledge feelings of fear as a natural response to having been through a life- or health-threatening event. Or, you might feel intense sadness about ongoing losses of forest and wildlife as you pass through a natural area, wondering how long it might remain intact before climate events, human interference or chronic droughts test its resilience. It could be beneficial to allow the feelings to surface, acknowledge without judgment the sense of loss and grief, and possibly a sense of injustice and anger. Then, you might want to notice the thoughts you have about nature as you attempt to reconnect with it, and see if you can assess whether those thoughts are useful to you or not.

The importance of humans’ relationship with nature – and the benefits of reconnecting with it – have been underscored by several scientific theories. According to Edward O Wilson’s Biophilia hypothesis, there is an innate connection between humans and nature, and this connection includes an emotional dimension. Various studies support the idea that humans benefit from interacting with nature, with potential effects such as reduced cortisol and blood pressure levels, improved psychological wellbeing, and decreased anxiety. Another theory posits that spending time in nature or even viewing natural scenery can enhance mental alertness and concentration.

So how might you go about reconnecting with nature and reaping these potential benefits, especially if you’ve been experiencing climate anxiety? Activities could range from bringing nature into your home (eg, by growing plants indoors) to regularly spending time in a local park, a community garden or a nearby nature reserve if you have access to one. A more intentional approach to reconnecting with nature is called forest bathing, known as shinrin-yoku in Japanese, and it has been found to have positive effects on mental health. The practice involves immersing oneself in a forest environment and mindfully engaging with the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the forest. It’s not about physical exertion but rather about slowing down, being present, and connecting with nature through all the senses.

If you live in an area with natural surroundings, you could also educate yourself about the local flora, fauna and ecosystems, perhaps by searching for educational materials online or in a local library. Taking nature walks with knowledgeable guides and reading books or watching documentaries about nature can also be good ways to reconnect with the natural world. Nature meditations are another option if natural environments are not readily accessible.

Connecting with nature has a deeper significance for humanity that goes beyond the benefits an individual can reap. Since an unbalanced, anthropocentric relationship with nature – one that treats nature as simply a resource for exploitation – has fuelled environmental destruction and climate change, ecopsychologists propose that a deeper, more respectful connection with the natural world is urgently needed. The lack of environmental empathy and responsibility that led us to the climate crisis is directly related to the modern disconnection from nature, which is worsened by urbanisation and technological advancements. In the context of climate change, ecopsychologists advocate for a holistic view that recognises the reciprocal influences between ecological and psychological wellbeing.

Links & books

If you feel in need of additional one-on-one support, I’d encourage you to reach out to a climate-aware therapist who specialises in managing psychological distress in response to climate change. The Climate Psychology Alliance compiles lists of local climate-aware therapists in North America and the UK/Europe. And if you would like some help reconnecting with the natural world, you might want to read the article ‘What Is Ecotherapy? A Detailed Scientific Guide on the Healing Power of Nature’ (2023) by Ashley Welch to learn about the option of ecotherapy.

The helpful book Turn the Tide on Climate Anxiety (2022) by Megan Kennedy-Woodard and Patrick Kennedy-Williams tackles the process of transforming eco-anxiety into action, with some of the techniques described above and practical exercises throughout.

The article ‘6 Podcasts To Help Tackle Your Climate Anxiety’ (2023) from The New York Times includes a list of climate-focused podcasts that will inform you and help you keep your climate anxiety in check.

A profound and inspiring book by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams, with Gail Hudson, The Book of Hope (2021), presents reasons for hope despite the current state of affairs, while discussing what it means to be human and how to help build a better world.

In her eye-opening book Returning the Self to Nature (2022), Jeanine Canty reveals how narcissism and human alienation from the natural world has led us to where we are, and how we can recover collectively to heal ourselves, our communities and our planet.

The short film Everything Wrong and Nowhere to Go (2022) – a self-portrait of the filmmaker Sindha Agha dealing with climate anxiety in therapy sessions – explores climate psychology and describes the parallels between the climate crisis and chronic illness, with a powerful message on healing.





15 May 2024