climate grief

Managing Climate Grief in 3 Easy Steps

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Image credit: Friends of the Earth

This week on Terra Informa, we discuss climate grief; a term that has increasingly entered into the public awareness. We’ll take a look at what climate grief is and how it can manifest, then listen to advice from life coaches and personal instructors Sarah Connor and Michael James on how to cope. Sarah and Michael shared their presentation at the October 2019 Change for Climate Talks with three simple, but not so easy steps for managing climate grief.

Their advice:

  1. Figure out your purpose.
  2. Eat, sleep, and exercise.
  3. Make a plan

We’ll hear from Terra Informers Sonak Patel, Andrea Miller, and Elizabeth Dowdell as they share thoughts on the talk, put this advice into practice, and cope with climate grief. 

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Episode resources

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/08/a-z-of-climate-anxiety-how-to-avoid-meltdown

 

https://workthatreconnects.org/spiral/about-joanna/

https://www.radicalsupport.org/jess

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/07/health/climate-anxiety-eprise/index.html

https://www.goodgriefgroup.org/

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/02/how-climate-change-affects-mental-health/

 

https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/5/28/18629833/climate-change-2019-green-new-deal

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/gy48d4/environmental-grief-climate-change-anxiety

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Revisiting The Less-than-fabulous Footprint of Fashion

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This week on Terra Informa, we revisit a timely episode from this past summer’s coverage of the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Listen as Terra Informer Dylan Hall interviews fashionista and not-for-profit educator Jess Montgomery of Think The World Differently. Montgomery holds an MA in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she wrote her thesis on the role that fashion can play in perpetuating or challenging over-consumption. She is also a contributor to Not Just A Label, a designer platform for new and contemporary and artists.

We wanted to revisit this story over the holiday season because a central theme of the interview is the environmental and social impact of the fashion industry. 

This time of year we are bombarded with messages to “buy this” and “consume more”. While there is a growing trend in zero-waste and gift-free practices, we still have a long and complicated system to unravel if we want to mitigate the negative impacts of over-consumption. Another reason to re-air the interview is the pressure to dress ‘fashionably’ at holiday parties and social events. As Montgomery explains, this doesn’t mean you have to mean buy something new. There are many ways to be an ethical and sustainable consumer while still getting your fashion fix.

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