Toward a Taxonomy of Climate Emotions

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Pihkala , P 2022 , ' Toward a Taxonomy of Climate Emotions ' , Frontiers in climate , vol. 3 , 738154 .

Title: Toward a Taxonomy of Climate Emotions
Author: Pihkala, Panu
Contributor organization: Faculty of Theology
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2022-01-14
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Frontiers in climate
ISSN: 2624-9553
Abstract: There is a growing evidence that emotions shape people's reactions to the climate crisis in profound but complex ways. Climate emotions are related to resilience, climate action, and psychological well-being and health. However, there is currently a lack of research about the array of various climate emotions. There is also a need for more integration with general research about emotions. This article conducts a preliminary exploration of the taxonomy of climate emotions, based on literature reviews and philosophical discussion. The term emotion is used here in a broad sense, as is common in climate emotion research. Because of the urgency of the climate crisis and the lack of previous research, this kind of exploration is aimed to be helpful for both practical climate work and for future research which would include more systematic reviews of the topic. Research items which discuss at least five different climate emotions, based on empirical observations, are used as major sources and a table about them is provided. Climate emotions are discussed on the basis of interdisciplinary research. The article considers many aspects of the phenomena of climate anxiety and climate grief.
Subject: 1172 Environmental sciences
Climate change
614 Theology
ecological theology
515 Psychology
climate emotion
climate anxiety
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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