Solastalgia – from the Latin sōlācium (comfort) and Greek root -algia (pain, suffering, grief) – describes the emotional distress one experiences from the degradation of natural environments and the earth as a whole. It represents a feeling of homesickness without ever leaving “home”.
Solastalgia differs from Eco Anxiety in that it reflects on what has already been changed/lost rather than what will come in the future.
Are you or ones you love experiencing Solastalgia and/or Eco Anxiety? The next Thrive: Eco Grief and Anxiety Circle is Monday, September 19th – Meeting on Zoom from 6-7:30pm PST. Find the link in our bio. Questions? Contact Brittany at firstname.lastname@example.org
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