First off, let me define eco anxiety. According to The American Phycology Association, eco anxiety is: “The chronic fear of environmental cataclysm that comes from observing the seemingly irrevocable impact of climate change and the associated concern for one’s future and that of next generations”. Many people (including me) feel this on a regular basis. People talk about eco anxiety more and more nowadays. We need to talk about how we can prevent this from becoming worse. Many people use eco anxiety to motivate their work. Force of Nature is a non-profit focused on turning eco anxiety into agency and work for the climate. Visit their website here. They have a lot of resources for people to access and well as opportunities to engage with other climate activists. I highly recommend checking out their website and look at some of the opportunities that they have for teens and adults.
Putting the energy from your eco anxiety into a project or work for the climate can prevent your anxiety from becoming worse. For me, this project channels my eco anxiety and eco depression into actively working toward a healthy planet. Here are some small steps to take now:
-Plant trees or a tree in your community
-Talk to your family about how you can decrease your carbon footprint
– Attend meetings of a local climate action club
There are many more things you can do but there are just some things to get you thinking about what you can do. I hope you find this helpful!