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September 2, 2021  

Facing Climate Fear

September 2, 2021

The world that we talked about that we're so fearful of - yes that is happening but it doesn't need to be what we imagine. This fear of the future really gets me because what could be the future could be so amazing! Our lives don't need to be less than or deemed shit in comparison to what we had. And the world we could live in could be SO enriching and SO amazing but how do we communicate that? How do we get society to understand that by transitioning to this world that is better for the planet, we're not giving up loads of shit, we're giving up the stuff that doesn't matter! In turn we're going to move forward into this beautiful potential life that is so much more enriching.”

In this new series of Climate Crisis Culture, podcast hosts Eilidh McLaughlin and Jenny Fraser Harris are back with a bang! Off the back of the release of the IPCC report, this episode explores climate fear: what it is, why we feel it and what we can do about it. 

What are our personal fears relating specifically to the climate crisis, and what is the route of these fears? How can we make ourselves feel better about the climate crisis while actually taking action to combat it? How is our mental and physical health so intricately linked with the health of the planet and nature? How can we face this fear and turn it into positive action?

Significant mentions of: Anthropologist Aet Annist, COP 26 and the IPCC report, Kardashians in a bunker, over consumption and Earth Overshoot Day, autonomy and self care, filmmaker John Akomfrah, photographer Mitch Epstein and fear tactics, Gen Dread, the Climate Psychology Alliance and of course, as we do in every episode, the magnificent Caroline Hickman!

If you enjoyed this episode please give it a review on whichever platform you use to download or listen! Follow us on Instagram @climatecrisisculture @jfraserharris @creative.sustainability or find us at https://climatecrisisculture.podbean.com/  

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Hosts: Jenny Faser Harris and Eilidh McLaughlin

Editing + Artwork: Jenny Fraser Harris

Show Notes: Eilidh McLaughlin

Music: Michael Weldon

Links

  • View Mitch Epstein’s American Power collection here.
  • Read about John Akomfrah’s installation here.
  • Read more about All We Can Save x Gen Dread here.
  • Sign a petition to stop the Cambo oil field here.
  • Sign up for the Climate Reality Project Leadership training here.
  • Read all about COP26 here.