Can Eco-Anxiety Save the World?

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writer Nazli Ozkale

Gaining speed with the industrial revolution climate changeIn recent years, he does not forget himself even for a day. As a result of the damage we have done to nature as humanity, air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, increasing natural disasters, extreme weather events, food shortages, droughts and epidemics stress us all.

However, some people are more sensitive to this issue and naturally cannot remain silent about the increasing problems day by day. Especially effects of the climate crisis The rate of anxiety increases in those who live in regions where they feel more, those who experience the effects and those who do research on this issue. According to the American Psychological Association According to a 2020 survey, two-thirds of adults have varying degrees of echo anxiety. When the rate drops below the age of 34, eco-anxiety is encountered in one out of every two people. When we look at the effects of the climate crisis, we can see that this concern is not unfounded at all.

Today, this situation is divided into 3, in my opinion.

  • Those who have no worries about the climate crisis,
  • Those who manage anxiety in a healthy way
  • Those who experience intense anxiety.

As far as I have observed around me, individuals who are very comfortable in this regard either lack information or consciously stay away from scientific data. It's a kind of "ignorance is bliss" motto. Staying away from terrible facts makes it easy to deny that reality. I wish the climate crisis would end when we stop reading and listening...

However, that's not how things work. It is very important for every age group to be educated on this issue and to understand the importance of the situation. Worry has to happen because worry moves us. However, the dose is very important because, interestingly, as the rate of ecological concern increases, the energy decreases. In this case, the person becomes unable to act to change the crisis he is in. It can even affect a person's overall health by causing sleep and eating disorders.

In such a case, I would definitely recommend seeking professional help. We must first heal ourselves and then improve the environment. This is both an easier and healthier way. That's why it's best to take action by using anxiety and stress constructively.

What are Echo Anxiety Symptoms?

  • Anger at individuals and past generations who do not take action on climate change or reject this crisis
  • panic and anxiety
  • Pessimism
  • existential anxiety
  • with a carbon footprint feel guilty about
  • Depression

What Can Be Done for Eco Anxiety?

  • By reducing the carbon footprint adopting a more sustainable lifestyle.
  • Switching to a plant-based diet, cycling (for both health and environment).
  • To inform the immediate environment about the climate crisis.
  • To interact with individuals who are interested in the climate crisis, ecology, and biodiversity and who work on these issues.
  • Remembering that you are not alone.

As an individual experiencing eco-anxiety, I feel the healing effects of these methods every day. However, I should also add: Of course, we may not feel balanced, energetic and productive every day. We are human after all. In this situation, too, we must accept possible feelings and do our best.

Anger, extreme sadness, extreme panic, pessimism, guilt are emotions and states that affect the person very quickly and intensely. For this reason, I believe it is important not to get caught up in the victim mentality, to remind oneself that he is not alone and that these feelings are temporary. We have to accept the ups and downs as they are because this job really isn't easy. After all, we're trying to save the world, right?

About the Author

Nazli Ozkale

Short bio: Climate and animal rights activist, vegan

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