Research has shown that a doomsday approach to scaring people into action doesn’t work exactly as intended.
Eco-Anxiety can be defined as extreme worry about current and future harm to the environment caused by human activity and climate change.
Hopelessness leads to inaction. Rather than scaring potential environmentalists away with eco-anxiety, we need to inspire people into action by truly emphasizing the opportunity for change.
You will likely find that if you start taking daily, manageable, and bite-sized climate actions, you will feel substantially less worried about the state of the planet and be inspired to do your part.
Many organizations, authors, and individuals are implementing these practices every day. Check out Pique Action, The Garbage Queen, Taking the Heat, Generation Dread, How to Save a Planet, Young Upstart, and many more!
One of the easiest ways to make a difference is by starting with things that you know well. Something like your job, the very thing that you're already funneling 40+ hours a week into.
Technologies like food tracking and predictive analytics are being utilized to combat the annual waste of 1.3 billion tons of food, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to global sustainability.
Climate Robotics, a subfield of Climate Tech, uses AI-powered robots to scale climate action by automating tasks like planting trees or monitoring coral reefs, thus accelerating the implementation of climate response strategies and helping societies adjust to new climate realities.