If you’ve ever experienced any kind of anxiety you know that there isn’t a simple way to turn it off. You can’t just say “I’m going to stop being anxious now” and suddenly get on with your day. And when that anxiety is tied to the future of the planet and you’re seeing new reports and news stories every day, the stress can really start to pile up. It can feel like there is nothing we can do, that climate disaster is inevitable.
This winter, Imago is focusing on the topic of climate anxiety and finding ways to calm it. This doesn’t mean we’re going to suspend reality and pretend that climate change isn’t affecting many people and places across the world. Instead, we are going to counteract that fear by finding ways to take action and build community. We hope that by committing to actions, learning about ways to build community, and making sure we leave room for self-care, we can overcome some of our climate anxiety.
Throughout the winter we will be sharing stories of resilience, ideas for building community, suggesting ways to take action and ways to practice self-care and connection to nature to help us maintain momentum. We will uplift the voices of indigenous peoples, youth activists, and communities that are most impacted by the climate crisis. Hope can be found when we work together and when we are honest about our fears. Strength is built when supporting our communities and the natural world around us.
We hope that you will come on this journey with us. Visit the Climate Anxiety resource page to explore topics like defining climate anxiety, how to start taking action, and talking to children about climate change. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the Climate Anxiety theme.
Climate Anxiety Email Series
Interested in diving deeper? Throughout the winter we’ll be sending out emails that take a closer look at topics like community building, self-care, and talking to children about the changing climate. Click the button below if you’d like to sign up for the email series.