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Existential Dread: We Need to Talk About our Feelings

Posted On: Feb 12, 2020   |   Posted By: Steady State

Existential Dread: We Need to Talk About our Feelings

By James Magnus-Johnston
Just as the smoke disperses from fire-ravaged parts of the world, the specter of ecological breakdown is creeping into humanity's collective psyche. Whether that manifests as a bit of anxiety or full-on dread of mass extinction, we need to start talking about our feelings. If we don't, we may avoid rather than confront the reforms needed for the planet to continue supporting life.
As we stand at the crossroads of a climate crisis, we must acknowledge that the only way to find a solution for protecting our environment is to speak openly about our anxiety about the declining state of our planet. (Image CC BY-SA 3.0 , Credit: 80 trading 24)
As a university instructor in Canada, I increasingly hear from students how the notion of financial “retirement security” seems decadent to them. A recent Washington Post article highlighted the sentiment among today's youth. “We won't die from old age,” read a placard at an environmental protest. “We'll die from climate change.” Indeed, youth around...

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