“These creatures provide us with so much and these ecosystems keep us alive, yet we can’t seem to grasp it (the loss). And that’s what’s so important about what artists and musicians do - they cultivate that connection, they cultivate that love and that feeling for these things that are essentially abstract. Things you don’t know on a personal level, but that you ultimately need for survival.”
In the sixth episode (and final of season one) of Climate Crisis Culture, podcast hosts Eilidh McLaughlin and Jenny Fraser Harris explore loss. This episode is a personal one. Both women suffered great personal loss - each losing their mother in their early twenties. A couple of years later they met through work and went on to form a deep bond over this devastating shared experience.
Jenny and Eilidh use the time in this podcast to discuss their journeys through grief and how the loss has impacted their understanding of the climate crisis. They also talk about the deep sense of loss associated with ecosystem collapse, exploring how this compares to personal loss and if and how the two are connected.
Significant mentions of: Thanatology (the study of death), ecological grief, shifting baseline theory, Solastalgia, the anticipation of loss, Naomi Klein, planetary crisis vs climate crisis, and the importance of creative practice as a coping mechanism for loss.
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Hosts: Jenny Faser Harris and Eilidh McLaughlin
Editing + Artwork: Jenny Fraser Harris
Show Notes: Eilidh McLaughlin
Music: Michael Weldon
- Read more about Climate Cafes here.
- Listen to / buy Anohni’s album Hopelessness here.
- Read more about ‘Ice Watch’ by Olafur Eliasson here.
- Check out The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris here.
- The Red Hand Files by Nick Cave here.