ECO-ANXIETY, TRAGEDY, AND HOPE : PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

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Pihkala , P 2018 , ' ECO-ANXIETY, TRAGEDY, AND HOPE : PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ' , Zygon , vol. 53 , no. 2 , pp. 545-569 . https://doi.org/10.1111/zygo.12407

Title: ECO-ANXIETY, TRAGEDY, AND HOPE : PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Author: Pihkala, Panu
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology
Date: 2018-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 25
Belongs to series: Zygon
ISSN: 0591-2385
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/314873
Abstract: This article addresses the problem of eco-anxiety by integrating results from numerous fields of inquiry. Although climate change may cause direct psychological and existential impacts, vast numbers of people already experience indirect impacts in the form of depression, socio-ethical paralysis, and loss of well-being. This is not always evident, because people have developed psychological and social defenses in response, including socially constructed silence. I argue that this situation causes the need to frame climate change narratives as emphasizing hope in the midst of tragedy. Framing the situation simply as a threat or a possibility does not work. Religious communities and the use of methods which include spirituality have an important role in enabling people to process their deep emotions and existential questions. I draw also from my experiences from Finland in enabling cooperation between natural scientists and theologians in order to address climate issues.
Subject: climate change
eco-anxiety
eco-psychology
emotions
environment
mortality
philosophy of hope
religion and ecology
religion and nature
theology
ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS
614 Theology
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