Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World

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Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World

Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World

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Our lecturer referred to it a lot and used many of the words introduced in the book to emphasise how interrelated are the concepts of nature connectedness and mental wellbeing.

We need this creation of a hopeful vocabulary of positive emotions, argues Albrecht, so that we can extract ourselves out of environmental desolation and reignite our millennia-old biophilia―love of life―for our home planet.That being said, many mainstream scientists don’t even yet accept that we have entered the ‘Anthropocene’, preferring instead to rely on the previous classification of ‘ Holocene’, negating the overwhelming, exponentially increasing impact of human endeavour on the planet’s finite resources and life support systems. A book for our time, which offers optimistic possibilities to address our earth emotions now and into the future. Symbiocene’ is characterised in terms of social organisation ‘by human intelligence that replicates the symbiotic and mutually reinforcing life-reproducing forms and processes found in living systems…. There are two trees at the back of my neighbour’s garden that talk to me – and have done for almost 45 years. It is “the anxiety that is felt in the face of the threat of the frequency and severity of extreme weather events”, which for the most part, are due to climate change.

Author hopes our planet to exit Anthroposcene, because there can not be “good Anthropocene”; current ~scene is only gona lead humans to destruction and possible extinction. Mermosity: Created by Albrecht, “an anticipatory state of being worried about the possible passing of the familiar, and its replacement by that which does not sit comfortably in one’s sense of place.

The book did a good review of the current climate crisis around the world and the negative psychological responses of the people to the crisis. Particularly in evidence in the year running up to the run-up to the onset of the pandemic with people like Greta Thunberg and movements like Extinction Rebellion – and not set to evaporate anytime soon.

He is also a map-maker: he names the roads ahead, the dead-ends, the detours, and potential destinations. Starting with a recently defined negative earth emotion, 'solastalgia', the reader is taken on a psycho-terratic (psyche-earth) journey through all of the earth emotions and feelings in use in the public and academic literature.An odd fungus growing under the seqouia tree at St Mary’s Church, Eversley, Hampshire – supposedly planted from a sapling from the seed of a fir cone which Charles Kingsley collected on a lecture tour of the western USA – a beautiful piece of topophilia sourced back to the 1870s. A world that is upset by the trauma of climate change and environmental crises, but also a world optimistic. Another — "Environmental generational amnesia" describes how "each generation knows less about their bioregion.

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