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How to Stay Positive in the Face of Alarming Environmental News

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

A study published by The Lancet found that 84% of children and young adults ages 16 to 25 are at least moderately worried about climate change, and 59% are very or extremely worried

It's no secret that our planet is facing numerous environmental challenges. From rising sea levels to extreme weather events, the statistics and news can be overwhelming. This has led to a growing phenomenon known as "eco anxiety," where people experience significant distress and worry about the state of the planet. However, it's essential to remain optimistic and continue to take positive actions towards a more sustainable future.

Taking positive action can help reduce feelings of anxiety and powerlessness. Helping others has well established psychological benefits.

Take Action Locally

Taking action on a local level can have a significant impact on the environment and help alleviate eco anxiety. Here are some ways to take action:

  • Participate in beach cleanups: If you're in Phuket, Thailand, consider participating in beach cleanups. This is a great way to contribute to the local community and make a positive impact on the environment.

  • Support sustainable initiatives: Look for businesses that prioritize sustainability. For example, choose hotels that have implemented eco-friendly practices like reducing single-use plastics or supporting local conservation efforts.

  • Reduce fast fashion: Fast fashion is a significant contributor to environmental degradation. Consider reducing your consumption of fast fashion and opt for sustainable fashion alternatives like second-hand clothing or clothing made from eco-friendly materials.

Stay Informed

It's essential to stay informed about environmental issues, but it's equally important to focus on positive news and progress. Here are some ways to stay informed:

  • Follow sustainable influencers and organizations: Follow social media accounts of sustainable influencers and organizations to stay up to date with positive news and progress.

  • Celebrate successes: Celebrate environmental successes, no matter how small they may seem. Every positive action counts towards a more sustainable future.

  • Educate yourself: Educate yourself on the impact of your actions on the environment. Small changes like reducing your meat consumption or using a reusable water bottle can have a significant impact.

Find Community

Finding a community of like-minded individuals can help alleviate eco anxiety and provide support in taking positive actions. Here are some ways to find community:

  • Join local environmental groups: Join local environmental groups in your area to connect with individuals who share your passion for the environment.

  • Attend sustainable events: Attend sustainable events like eco markets or sustainability conferences to connect with others and learn more about sustainable practices.

  • Start a sustainability initiative: Consider starting a sustainability initiative at your workplace or within your community to bring people together and make a positive impact.

"You are not powerless. In fact, your every action is suffused with meaning, and you are part of the greatest chapter in human achievement in history." (The Future We Choose, Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac

It can be challenging to remain optimistic in the face of alarming environmental statistics and news. However, taking action locally, staying informed, and finding community can help alleviate eco anxiety and provide hope for a more sustainable future. Remember, every positive action counts towards a more sustainable planet, and together, we can make a difference.

Every positive action counts towards a more sustainable planet, and together, we can make a difference. By focusing on the good news, we can hope for bigger change. Although none of this is happening at the necessary scale, it is still happening. "Optimism is about being able to intentionally identify and prescribe the desired future so to actively pull it closer"

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