Today’s 24-hour news cycle ensures that we are acutely aware of the mounting climate crisis and our role in it. In times of crisis, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with despair. As the climate changes, many therapists have begun helping patients with a new diagnosis that has a variety of names: eco-anxiety, climate anxiety, climate despair, eco-despair and eco-grief.
No matter what you call it, many of us are feeling the same things and asking ourselves and each other the same question. With ecosystems failing all over the planet, is there any reason for hope?
Join CIIS Professor Craig Chalquist for an inspiring talk about tackling our climate anxiety by cultivating eco-resilience. Craig shares ideas to help us personally and collectively adapt to a changing earth with a focus on Enchantivism, which refers to stories that may begin in chaos but then take us into inspiration.
What can imagination and wonder do for us in dark times? Can folklore and myth remind us of and strengthen our connection to nature, place, and planet? Craig provides containers like storytelling, utilizing fantasy, fiction, vision, and dreams in tandem with tangible methods to offer tools to combat eco-anxiety.
With these magical and practical tools in mind, we can begin to heal from our eco-anxiety, and move down the path to eco-resilience.