What is eco-anxiety?
According to the Camdridge dictionary, anxiety is an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future, or, in its clinical definition it is a medical condition in which you always feel frightened and worried.
Over the years, many types of anxiety have been discovered and studied being the last one “Ecoanxiety”.
Although there is no clinical definition yet, eco-anxiety refers to the distress that is produced by environmental change impacting on people while they are directly connected to their home environment.
Is it real? We think so. Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions have created record high temperatures and more extreme storms, droughts, and wildfires. These have had a negative impact on the mental health of survivors of these extreme events, according to the United Nations. Even for people who aren’t directly affected by natural disasters, climate change is causing mental distress.
What can we do about it then? Hiding under the covers letting the anxiety control us isn’t an option. Taking action is. Taking responsibility for our environmental footprint and changing our habits is a good start.
Collaborating with local groups and raising awareness is key to confront the fear.