Feeling anxious about the climate emergency?
From fires in Australia to floods in Indonesia, it's no wonder many of us are feeling more than a little on edge about the environment.
Eco-anxiety describes the negative feelings – including stress, fear, anger and grief – many of us have about climate breakdown, nature loss and the future of our planet. Despite emerging recently as a term, its impact is widespread, with two-thirds of Brits worried about the climate crisis.
How eco-anxiety affects us
Feelings of stress and fear about the future of our planet affect people from all walks of life.
We asked 5 nature-loving actors to share their concerns about the planet, and how they're finding ways to cope.
A psychotherapist's advice on eco-anxiety
In episode 5 of our podcast, Climate Campaigner Muna talks to psychotherapist Caroline Hickman, journalist Emma Beddington and Friends of the Earth Producer Isobel about eco-anxiety, how to deal with stressful feelings, and why feelings of despair might actually be a good thing. For you, and the planet.
How to tackle eco-anxiety
Caring for ourselves and one another is vital when it comes to dealing with eco-anxiety – whether that's listening compassionately, supporting each other's mental health, or creating inclusive, welcoming spaces.
Taking action is another key way to combat eco-anxiety. If everyone made some simple lifestyle changes, it'd have a big impact on the planet.
Check out our top 10 tips for living more sustainably.
Take back tomorrow
It can sometimes feel as if the "big things" (like climate breakdown) are out of our control – that the future is out of our hands.
But that's not true.
Alongside individual lifestyle changes, taking action in our communities makes us part of a powerful movement working together to protect the planet.