SUZANNE HARRINGTON: The only good cure for eco-anxiety is action

Eco-anxiety is a First-World problem. Literally, writes Suzanne Harrington

In the developing world, they are living it — floods, cyclones, famine, drought, forced migration — but in the developed world, we still have the luxury of worrying about it. For now.

A recent academic paper on ecological destruction has already been downloaded 110,000 times, resulting, says the BBC, in people actually seeking counselling. Such is the feeling of existential eco-doom that those willing to read up on what’s really happening are buckling under the weight of catastrophic knowledge.

Psychology Today defines eco-anxiety as “a fairly recent psychological disorder afflicting an increasing number of individuals who worry about the environmental crisis”.

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