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What are human beings feeling in the face of a changing environment?
We hear a lot about the direct physical impacts of climate change. But we are not sure how to talk about the indirect emotional, psychological and socio-ethical effects that the climate crisis is bringing us. While some people have successfully figured out how to be proactive with the planet and keep themselves from losing hope, many others are experiencing a great deal of Eco-Anxiety. Some don’t believe they can help in any way and the burden of inaction gets heavier each day. Others make an effort to take positive steps, only to end up demoralized about endeavoring to do more than they can to prevent an unavoidable tragedy. Unfortunately, both scenarios result in confusion and conflict-avoidance.
The idea behind Eco-psychology is that people's relationship with the Earth is crucial to our physical and emotional well-being. Any disruption in this relationship can cause stress and anxiety which can lead to frustration and higher pollution on our part. At first glance, this doesn’t sound like a major problem. But having millions of people believing they can't help in any way, can only make the climate problem larger.
This conceptual photo project highlights the importance of both climate change awareness and mental health toward climate change. It focuses on human vulnerability and consciousness and why this subject matters.
Reversing environmental damage is one of the biggest challenges humans have ever faced. Realizing that we don’t need to control everything to live a more responsible lifestyle is the first step towards a positive change.