We are living in an era of unprecedented destruction and degradation of ecosystems and species, characterized by ongoing, enduring, and cascading loss and grief. While painful and often isolating, ecological grief is a reasonable, rational, and essential response to the climate crisis that reminds us that we are inextricably interlinked with humans and more-than-humans, and that the personal and the planetary are inseparable.
Drawing from 14 years of working with people on the frontlines of climate change, and interweaving personal experiences with leading global research, Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo delves into diverse expressions of ecological grief and loss, and explores how the ‘gift of grief’ and ‘gritty hope’ can foster deeper relational connections with humans and more-than-humans, and furnish new ethical and political communities. We need not carry our planetary pain and sorrow in isolation; instead, we can mobilize our grief for collective-building, for activism, and for personal and planetary healing.
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