Are you stressed about the state of the planet?
“Eco-anxiety” is a term often used to include grief, anger, guilt, and uncertainty about the future of our planet. As someone who reads The Daily Difference, you’ve likely been there. Regardless of how negative these emotions feel, though, psychologists think some of these feelings may be good for you, and the planet:
“[Eco-anxiety] sensitizes individuals to situations where they face novel or difficult decisions about something of ecological value; and it prompts the cognitive engagement and motivation that can help them address the difficulty they face. Thus, eco-anxiety is an emotion that brings forms of awareness and engagement that can contribute positively to environmental stewardship and agency as well as individual and collective well-being.”
But if you’re overwhelmed with it, eco-anxiety can result in chronic stress, anxiety and/or depression, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
The kind people at Euronews Green decided to help us all out with a regularly updated compilation of big and small, all-positive climate news from around the world. Reading stories like how to reduce methane emissions from cattle, or why Portugal is their Green Country of the Month, restores hope and faith in humanity’s ability to course-correct.
Enjoy Euronews’ articles at this link to read their round-up of feel-good environmental news, and be sure to bookmark it so your eco-anxious mind doesn’t have to look far for relief.