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.
Climate change is scary and it is severe. While we do need to act now, research has shown that a doomsday approach to scaring people into action doesn’t work exactly as intended.
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.
The Climate People team gathered panelists from MCJ Collective, Terra.do, and Work on Climate to help you kick start your climate job search and help combat some of your eco-anxiety.
On Tuesday, the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) was released, representing the most comprehensive scientific evaluation of climate change.
In response to a changing climate, we must create technologies and infrastructure improvements that are designed to mitigate and/or withstand the effects.