Joycelyn Longdon on different experiences


Joycelyn Longdon is an environmental-justice activist and academic. As the founder of ClimateInColour, an online education platform for the climate curious, she supports critical conversations about climate change and eco-anxiety.

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  • Hi,
    Well, to me Joycelyn Longdon has clearly done justice to why people experience eco anxiety differently by saying that there is a distinction between those who have experienced natural disaster caused by climate change and those who haven't experienced it. But I'm going to say a point of mine I've been thinking of.
    For example, there is also a distinction between those who have access to information about climate change and those who have experienced it and still have access to information. Those who only have access to information might neglect that information because, they think of it as a joke while on the other hand those who have both listened and experienced it will have a traumatizing form of eco anxiety as they will not want to go through that type of pain.
    Well, I hope I have done justice to my point and please if you do not agree comment.

    1. I agree to your point @glad_outcome because this issue of climate change has been undermined, so to add to your point I would say let's work together to prevent this devastating problem from spreading and even becoming worse.
      What I mean is for people to even make the issue of climate change something of history, because this earth is the only place we have to live in,so we have to try our best to make this world even healthier, because if this problem isn't solved quickly and effficiently the future generation will be the ones to reap the consequences of our action.Because there is a saying that goes "The earlier, the better."
      THANK YOU.

      1. I would also like to side with you devoted television this earth is the only place that we have to live that is why different people should try and come up with different solutions so to solve the issue of eco-anxiety people who look at climate must not underestimate the situation so to say to what happens in places with ice caps that suffer flooding due to the occurrence of global warming and changes of the earth affected by industrial human activities so we must try to fix it.

    2. I agree with you because she has depicted a clearer image by telling us why the eco-anxiety is experienced divergently by people. I also appreciate your example, but I have a question. You wrote, "there is also a distinction between those who have access to information about climate change and those who have experienced it and still have access to information," but what of those who experienced it and did not have any access to information?
      I have a proffered solution to this. Information should not be restricted to anyone.
      These people that experience eco-anxiety without access to information are often people in rural areas.
      There should be contingency plans and effort to evacuate these people in order to avoid loss of life.

      1. First of all, I would like to praise you miss Jocelyn Longdon you have virtually enumerated all that there is to know about eco anxiety and the effects it has on people who experience it like those who have experienced earthquakes, and all other natural disasters would react to climate change differently than to those who haven't experienced it.

    3. I totally agree with you!!
      Those who just just have access to the information, they may read somewhere listen to it but after a few hours they will just ignore it.
      Those who experience it is a different version. They feel eco anxiety and they fell that this may happen to them. I think it is a new Era of social problems turned into personal psychological problems.

      1. You have a point there as we have experienced it this autumn.
        Before the flooding in some parts of our city we heard about climate, we were involved in environmental projects at school but we weren't feeling stressed.
        After the flood our community feel anxious when a heavy rainfall happens and that's because we have already seen how can climate change affect us.

    4. You've made an excellent point. People experience Eco-anxiety differently due to personal experience. Personally, I can't pretend that my Eco-anxiety is at the same level as someone who has experienced a natural disaster. However, that doesn't mean that I don't care. Sometimes people with a high level of Eco-anxiety are in need of someone to calm them down, explain to them how things are getting better and make sure they actually feel better. I believe that it is really important to remind ourselves that such traumatized people will need time to heal and we must not rush them. Healing is sometimes a long process that can last for weeks, months or even years. When trying to help people with their Eco-anxiety, we should always remember that we process things differently. Children, teenagers and adults who have been affected by a natural disaster are incredibly strong, no doubt. That's why we should never say anything that might offend them and we should never lose our patience. I don't believe that making fun of them will ever be a solution.

      1. I agree, healing takes quite a lot of time to complete and people who have experienced climate emergency are strong with no doubts, but their healing can be enhanced. There are a lot of things both individuals and government can do to help those who have traumatizing eco-anxiety and those who have experienced natural disasters caused by climate change.
        For instance, individuals can show love, care and affection to those who have trauma caused by eco-anxiety they can use common gestures and actions such as, playing, laughing, greeting and visiting them. These simple things can increase their healing by a lot.
        Also, when it comes to government, government can focus more on clearly articulating national action plans aimed at managing and reducing impacts, rather than continually reminding people of climate induced disasters that appear beyond their control. Exposing these kinds of people with more good than bad news helps them to find their balance.
        And I'm sorry if I said anything that offended them that's why I'm providing the way to fix that.

        Thankyou @marvellous_hedgehog

        1. Really,the government's cares and worries about climate change should be strategically headed towards the citizen's mental health and stability of eco-anxiety before his effort to reduce impacts of climate change, because before physicality comes mental stability and convenience.
          Thats why eco-anxiety can be considered a problem if over exaggerated towards people who are facing an incoming disaster who due to pressure can convert into a hopeless state of inability to prevent
          Climatic disasters.For example,climate change has severely reduced Kenya's agriculture and pastoral growth and efficiency because of the drought waves and higher temperatures that climate change causes.

    5. I wholeheartedly agree with your perspective. If you haven't experienced climate crisis you won't be able to relate with or understand the pain of those who have experienced climate crisis, I think it's our duty as citizens and students to spread awearness about eco anxiety and climate crisis to those who know nothing about it and also to those who know about it and neglect the information thinking it's not serious.
      I think this is an all hands on deck problem, we all need to work together to not only spread awareness but also think of solution and counter measures.
      Thank you.

    6. I agree because personally if I were to be the one affected by climate change in a negative way, I would not want to be reminded of what happened to me. Some of these experiences can be traumatizing. Either way, it is only appropriate that no news is hidden from anybody irrespective of the persons experiences. People can find a way to solve their problems by being updated on the news. Maybe those who have been affected by climate change negatively can be kept in rehabilitation centers away from the news in order for them to recover from those traumatizing experiences.

    7. Firstly, lets truly start with its definition, Eco-anxiety is a challenging emotional response to climate change and other environmental issues. The condition is not exactly said to be a medical diagnosis and is regarded as a rational response to the reality of climate change; however, severe instances can have a mental health impact if left without alleviation.
      Eco-anxiety affects people of all ages but particularly those experiencing climate impacts first-hand and those who have the most to lose in the face of environmental catastrophe.
      Although, in my opinion, I would say eco-anxiety distracts individuals from the main problem drifting their minds away from how to solve the issue at hand but rather, something else.
      Thank You.

    8. Hi !
      I agree with you, people having access to information about climate change but never experienced it might not believe what they hear and might even believe its fake because they themselves have never experienced it. and this could cause people to not want to make a change because they don't think what's happening is real or is a big issue when in reality it's something everyone should know about. but when people experience it might have a traumatizing affect on them which could make the person not want to be involved with the topic because of the experience, but this proves to me that more people have to act on this issue so that less people are traumatized by this and affected negatively.

    9. Hi,
      I agree because... although people who have heard about the news of climate change might sympathize with those who have experiences it, they would not be able to have the same emotional reaction with those who are affected by it. For example in Nigeria we have had cases of flood where water from water bodies overflow and covers dry land and when this floods happen, those who are not directly affected by it are not as touched by the loss of lives and properties while those who are directly affected mourn over the loss of family, friends, houses, shops and other properties.

      Thank You.

    10. I disagree because... I feel your comment may be centered on only one aspect: information. I'll use an example to explain my point. Imagine someone living in a bustling urban area with access to all the information about climate change. They might grasp the urgency intellectually but lack the visceral experience of a natural disaster. On the contrary, someone who has experienced the harsh reality of climate-induced events, even without constant access to information, might feel a profound and immediate sense of anxiety.
      In my opinion, It's not just about information accessibility; it's about the emotional connection to the issue. People might tune out information if they don't see the direct impact on their lives, and that's where the big issue is!
      How do you think we can bridge this gap, making eco-awareness more emotionally resonant for everyone, regardless of their exposure to past events? One way I think we can do this is by creating more emotionally engaging approaches to eco-awareness.

      1. Hi @astounding_pedal,
        I understand where you're coming from and I want to clear any thoughts of centering my point on information only, I agree that it is also emotionally connected too. You are right when you say we can solve it by creating more emotionally engaging approaches to eco-awareness, but we can also solve this issue of awareness and emotional resonant by focusing more on those who have an experience in climate emergency. Government and Individuals can focus our resources on areas and people who have been affected by climate emergency and try to filter the news we feed to them so we will not trigger them emotionally. We can also center on making rehabilitation and charity centers that will aid them to recover from their experience.
        Also, when it comes to the issue of awareness, we can feed them with more negative news involving victims of emergency so to strike compassion helping them to donate more to the progress of victims.
        I hope you understand my point of view and I'm sorry for any misunderstanding. Please feel free to comment back.


    11. This is a nice distinction. What happens to those who have access to the information and ignore it and those who have access, experience it and they form a kind of anxiety? In my opinion ignorance because we don't experience is worse as you seem not to fully acknowledge what our earth problems are.
      Even these people need to be informed and take action as planet Earth is a place for all.of us.

    12. I agree with you that taking action against climate change will have a positive outcome. 🌍🌿 Climate change is a pressing issue that requires the support of everyone to mitigate its effects and prevent it from becoming worse. It is crucial that we all take steps to reduce our carbon footprint and adopt sustainable practices to ensure a sustainable future for ourselves and the generations to come. 🌱🌞 Climate change has the potential to cause significant environmental and social disruptions, and it is essential that we act now to address this global challenge. 🌎🌊

      I believe that the news should shed light on everyone's take on climate change for people to see and experience that it is a global issue. 📰 Jocelyn also stated that people who have experienced climate change feel climate anxiety more effectively than others. 😔

      1. I think that we also can help a lot in improving the status of the climate. I think that we can also nurture soil and grasslands to help the climate as well as creating awareness.
        Awareness should be one of the most important steps in solving any issue and I think that it is very pivotal when it comes to solving eco-anxiety. If people are brought to notice of the various issues that we have on climate change it could help in the rapid development of solutions. If people know of the effects of the feeling eco-anxiety it could help them to approach eco-anxiety differently in the sense of power helping them know that they have full control of the situation, this will boost people's morale while also helping people to apply creativity to solve the problems of the environment.
        A good example is Boyen Slat who founded an Ocean cleanup service that cleans plastic waste in the ocean. She was moved by her eco-anxiety, and she channeled it to do something good.
        Awareness plays a huge role, and it also helps in the solving of issues making it one of the most important factors of eco-anxiety.


  • Hi Jocelyn Longden. I think this video does a great job of describing why people face climate anxiety in different ways. How people respond to climate change often differs depending on the state they live in, just as people on the front lines of the crisis face climate change differently than those who don't. But climate anxiety may also affect people in certain ways, some may take a positive approach and adopt more sustainable solutions to provide us with a sustainable environment, but some may take a negative approach and do thing that are bad for the environment and hurt their own mental health. Additionally, it is important to know that these problems exist and that we should all work together to come up with solutions to address these pressing issues.

  • Well, it's true that almost everyone has eco-anxiety, but they feel it in a different way as it is a kind of experience. Those who know about it and are aware of it will not be worried as much as the people who have already faced it. Because those people know how it feels being the victim of climate and they have to fight with the climate every day for their survival. Earlier I was quite aware of climate change. But now when my country is facing the climate change, I become more enthusiastic to work for the betterment of climate. Now I have the urged and eco-anxiety to reduce the effects of climate change. I have a request to all of the countries who haven't seen the effect of climate change or are still unaware about it, please think about the climate giving it priority. If you took steps now, it's still possible to save our planet from the destruction of climate change. I think every country should build a committee who will always work to save the climate and to reduce the effect of climate change. And all the people around the globe, if you haven't faced the effect of climate change yet, please be well known about it and take the possible measure to save the climate from your individual perspective. Keep it in mind that you haven't experience the destruction of climate change doesn't mean that you will never face it. So be prepared earlier and help those who are currently going through eco-anxiety and the effects of climate change. Thanks.

    1. Thanks and i will also like to add to what you said because some people actually neglect what they hear about these
      climate issues until they experience it which is a bad attitude because by the time the realize it, it might be too late
      And also, in the aspects of the country organizing committees, sometimes even our leaders which we look up to also neglect this issues and disappoint us which even worsens the situation at hand.

    2. Hello @joyous_piano I will like to add up to what you have said about many people neglecting climate change and eco-anxiety, till they experience it, a very good example of such is Nigeria who neglected the effect of climate change till 2023 where there was a slight change of weather with the place becoming hotter, it was then that many Nigerians decided to take the reaction to climate change serious by afforestation and reafforestation, and also striving to use cleaner sources of energy. This is telling us that climate change is real and affects every part of the world and is getting worse by the day. This is telling us that climate change is real and is destroying the world, we must not experience it before we start taking action because at that time it may be too because due to research we have till 2050 to globally achieve net-zero carbon emissions to avoid the worst effects of climate change, so if we start now, we can be able to save our world.
      In conclusion, we must not experience climate change before we react to climate change because it may be too late.
      THANK YOU.

  • Hi everyone!!
    I agree with Joycelyn Longdon who clearly explained that there is a difference in eco-anxiety between people who have experienced eco-anxiety and those who haven’t experienced it.
    But my point is that some people who have access to information about eco-anxiety sometimes worry about it equally to the people who have experienced it as well.
    I also agree with the fact that sometimes those who have only access to the information do not experience eco-anxiety as those who have experienced meaning that some of them do not understand or care about climate change according to my research, there isn't a specific percentage available for the proportion of people with eco-anxiety who have personally experienced climate change.

  • Eco anxiety can be different for everyone and i fully support what Joycelyn Longdon has said. The best way to describe it would be to think if i were in a disastrous situation. Right now, if anyone tells me that there is a huge storm coming that might wipe away the whole country I would definitely not believe it and probably think that its some propaganda, however, if the storm really comes and really does wipe away the whole country.....what would be my reaction the next time someone tells me about even just a small drought? I would freak out and start preparing. Eco anxiety varies in experience. Those who have experienced a disaster before will not take risks while those who haven't will ignore it. When any news about any upcoming event goes viral before hand, we can see people react to it differently, same goes for natural disaster. I hope I could clear my point on eco anxiety...feel free to correct me if i am wrong!

    1. The way you explained how eco anxiety varies in experience really caught my attention! But this also made me think that some people who, as you mentioned, haven't encountered such situations might tend to overlook the growing environmental concerns, taking no initiative for the world and moving on with their lives.
      This becomes a significant concern, especially when numerous people are actively striving to contribute to a better future, while others, as you pointed out, choose to ignore the rising danger.
      So what is the solution? Many solutions to this already exist, while some others could be promoted.
      Promote schools to add some environmental topics so that students start becoming aware at a young age and future generations are prepared for what's to come. Online platforms where discussions could take place and resources on these matter could be shared, like 'Tropical Talk'. Media could be used as means of encouraging positive actions. The list does not end.

  • I agree with your observation Jocelyn that people react differently to situations, particularly when it involves shared anxiety. In my own area, there was a recent flood ,although it didn't directly impact my side it affected my neighboring area. The people who went through its exhibit visible anxiety during the rainy season, actively taking preventive mentions to safeguard their homes. On the contrary, those of us who didn't experience the flood merely observe, marveling at their actions. Despite having awareness and creativity on preventing such incidents, our lack of direct experience makes us less anxious and we don't panic in the same way. These varying experiences shape our response to similar situations.

  • Good day Jocelyn Longdon,
    From what I comprehended you suggests that the experience of eco-anxiety varies among individuals based on their exposure to natural disasters caused by climate change. You point out a distinction between those who have directly experienced such disasters and those who haven't. Your point adds another layer to this distinction, emphasizing the role of access to information. Indeed, individuals who have access to information about climate change but haven't experienced it firsthand might not fully grasp the severity of the situation, potentially downplaying its impact. On the other hand, those who have both experienced climate-related events and have access to information may harbour a more intense and traumatic form of eco-anxiety, stemming from the emotional and personal connection to the devastating consequences.

    As for the news, it is crucial to present diverse voices and perspectives on climate change and eco-anxiety. However, the emphasis should be on voices grounded in scientific evidence, expertise, and lived experiences. While it's essential to represent various opinions, priority should be given to those who bring informed perspectives that contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the issue. This ensures that the public receives accurate information and helps cultivate a more informed and engaged society. Highlighting voices that align with scientific consensus can play a vital role in fostering awareness, promoting responsible environmental practices, and advocating for necessary policy changes to address the challenges posed by climate change.

  • Hello,
    Joycelyn Longdon has done a well job in interpreting on why people have different perspective when the topic is about eco-anxiety. As we know, there is a clear enough difference to state the fact that people who have faced natural disasters caused by climate change have a better understanding than the ones who haven't. One fact about this topic that i have heard about it is, there is a major difference between a person having limited information (coming from televisions, newspapers, and other online news sources) than to a person who has faced/listened to a victim(who has been in these types of accidents). They one who has limited information will usually miss out on the main aspects which can really bring some valuable information in a discussion. On the other hand, the ones who have listened to victims and been in one themselves will obviously have a better understanding on this topic.
    Anyways, I hope I had proven my thoughts and please if you don't disagree you may comment on your thoughts.
    Thank You....!

  • Hi,
    For the answer to The first question, I know that Joycelyn Longdon has explained so many things about it but I will answer the question.
    She said that why some people might experience eco-anxiety differently is because some people are in the front line, this means that some people have experienced some of this climate changes once or twice in their life, so those who have not experienced it are just having anticipatory eco-anxiety, this means that those who have not experienced it are seeing climate changes as something that is going to come to them in the future and their anxiety is all around all the things that we have to change and whether they are going to survive or not. But as for those who have once or twice experienced it, their anxiety is not that of anticipatory but of some who is more of worried because they have been to it.
    For the example,I would like to use the example of my own.There is a different between someone who have experienced flooding which is the result of climate change before and still experience it now, than those who only hear of it in the news or watch it in the television only.
    Now those who have not yet experience climate change will react but not to the extent to how those that have experienced it before are going to react this is because they have been through it, they have felt the pain and they know how it feels for someone to experience climate change, now the eco-anxiety of those that have experienced it Will be that of a traumatizing form.
    Finally why some people might react differently to climate changes is because some have been through it and some are yet to go through it.

  • Hi Joycelyn Longdon
    So this video teaches us about why people face different types of eco-anxiety.Eco-anxiety is a term used for people who face stress with topic related to environment.From my research I've learned that there are different types of eco-anxiety so it is also a reason people face different types of eco-anxiety. anxiety related to future concern:
    It is a worry or stress of future.How will the future be?What will happen to future generations?like this kinda question keep wandering around the head.
    2.Climate Anxiety:
    Focused on the fear and worry about the impacts of climate change on the planet, ecosystems, and human societies.
    3.People who have gone through climate disaster:
    For the people who had a phase in their life where they went through climate disaster it leaves them a mental stress about environment/climate.They worries if they have to go through it again or their relatives have to go through it.
    So in my opinion we have to take care of our environment.

  • Hello!
    Two different ways I think people can experience Eco Anxiety are by:
    1. floods
    2. droughts
    When people experience floods, they lose their homes, lives, and property. Some people get separated from their relatives and places are abandoned. Some people also lose their sense of livelihood.
    Some places around the world that experience droughts do not have enough food items. Some places become like deserts because of Eco Anxiety. During raining seasons it does not rain in some places around the world, so plants do not grow around there and some people starve, leading to malnutrition in children.
    In conclusion, Eco Anxiety is a big issue in the society, and we should try to help our environment. We should know that people who experience floods and droughts do not have the same feeling about Eco Anxiety. In other words, Eco Anxiety can affect people in different ways. To prevent this people should ensure that they keep good drainages, plant trees, and avoid bush burning.
    Thank you!

  • Different people experience climate change differently.For example, those who have experienced natural disasters such as earthquakes,forest fires,and floods might feel fearful,hopeless and worried about climate change while those who have not experienced climate change or those that do not really know what climate change is might not really care about climate change and they might not take preventive measures against climate change.

    1. I agree... but in order to create awareness about how important climate change may be , I feel we could pass out information based on , its importance and effects on social media platforms and online discussions to capture a wider audience and make a larger / greater impact on the society .

    2. Climate change impacts people in various ways depending on where they live and who they are. For instance, sea-level rise and flooding due to climate change pose a greater threat to people in coastal regions or low-lying areas, such as Bangladesh, the Maldives, or the Netherlands. Heat waves and droughts are more likely to affect people in hot and dry areas, such as Australia, the Sahel, or the Middle East. Landslides and floods are more common in areas with heavy rainfall, such as India, China, or Brazil. Age, gender, income, and other factors also influence how people cope with climate change. For example, children, elderly, women, and poor people are often more vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

      1. Can you expand further on how different people cope differently with climate change?

  • Hi, Ms. Joycelyn Longdon has explained the different eco-anxiety perspectives in detail and I would like to give my own opinion and feedback.
    Firstly, for those who are in the direct receiving end of the climate crisis, their anxiety seems more continuous, uncontrollable, and rooted in the present day-to-day, making them on constant survival mode - constantly fighting for their lives and property, however, for those who aren’t directly affected have their anxiety more rooted in the future, this may cause them to be more preparatory and foreboding - readying themselves for the future.
    Secondly, the news should shed more light on those at the frontline of these experience because their voices should be heard and recognized, humans feel sympathy for humans, and showing the utter chaos that these people go through on the day-to-day can garner support, and possibly more action.
    Lastly, as for the contrasting opinions of the climate crisis someone focused on sustainable living may view eco-anxiety as a motivation for positive change, while another person skeptical of climate concerns might dismiss eco-anxiety as an unwarranted emotional response. Perspectives on this issue can vary widely. Many don’t like the feeling of worry and constant anxiety so they resolve that issue by tuning out entirely, but others use that emotion as a catapult for change, they see it as motivation rather than depression.

    1. That's an interesting point. How would you raise awareness for those who view the climate crisis as a future problem?

      1. I would like to raise awareness in such a way that it captures the hearts of the people and changes it for the better. So I would go with tourism.
        These tours would unfold in countries significantly impacted by climate change, showcasing both their attractions and the harsh realities.
        Starting with the country's highlights—stunning architecture, natural wonders, and historical monuments—the tour would then transition to more poignant scenes, allowing tourists to witness flooded areas, experience hunger, pain and constant anxiety for a day, engage empathetically with locals and record their experiences as well as interviews with the locals.
        I believe this immersive experience would be profoundly impactful. Drawing inspiration from my research on poverty's effects on children in my community, I visited numerous orphanage homes and engaged in conversations with peers who hawked on the streets. This firsthand experience provided deep insights into their daily lives, revealing surprising facets, such as some children attending school—information I was previously unaware of. I am confident that by offering this kind of experience, not only would people gain valuable insights, but the local communities would also benefit from the financial support generated.
        This concept could be recreated in a theme park setting for those who prefer a more familiar environment. The ride would guide visitors through impactful visuals of plastics on beaches, oceans, and other polluted areas. It would then transition to a hot room followed by a cold one, allowing participants to experience the rapid and irregular effects of climate change. As the ride progresses, guests would witness the tangible impact on both animals and humans. It's a creative and enjoyable approach to fostering awareness, especially among children.
        Moreover, this immersive approach can extend to literature, catering to various age groups. Whether in the form of rhythmic children's tales or captivating adventures featuring kids as eco-heroes, there's also room for romantic, thrilling, or sci-fi novels where climate change drives the plot. These books promise to engage both teens and adults alike.
        In short, there's a plethora of enjoyable methods to promote awareness across all age demographics not just the news, I look forward to witnessing an increase in these innovative educational approaches in the future.
        Thank you.

        1. Some very thought-provoking ideas here. I wonder if businesses would sponsor the theme park? What might their motivations be to get involved?

      2. I would like to raise awareness in such a way that it captures the hearts of the people and changes it for the better. So I would go with tourism.
        These tours would unfold in countries significantly impacted by climate change, showcasing both their attractions and the harsh realities.
        Starting with the country's highlights—stunning architecture, natural wonders, and historical monuments—the tour would then transition to more poignant scenes, allowing tourists to witness flooded areas, experience hunger, pain and constant anxiety for a day, engage empathetically with locals and record their experiences as well as interviews with the locals.
        I believe this immersive experience would be profoundly impactful. Drawing inspiration from my research on poverty's effects on children in my community, I visited numerous orphanage homes and engaged in conversations with peers who hawked on the streets. This firsthand experience provided deep insights into their daily lives, revealing surprising facets, such as some children attending school—information I was previously unaware of. I am confident that by offering this kind of experience, not only would people gain valuable insights, but the local communities would also benefit from the financial support generated.
        This concept could be recreated in a theme park setting for those who prefer a more familiar environment. The ride would guide visitors through impactful visuals of plastics on beaches, oceans, and other polluted areas. It would then transition to a hot room followed by a cold one, allowing participants to experience the rapid and irregular effects of climate change. As the ride progresses, guests would witness the tangible impact on both animals and humans. It's a creative and enjoyable approach to fostering awareness, especially among children.
        Moreover, this immersive approach can extend to literature, catering to various age groups. Whether in the form of rhythmic children's tales or captivating adventures featuring kids as eco-heroes, there's also room for romantic, thrilling, or sci-fi novels where climate change drives the plot. These books promise to engage both teens and adults alike.
        In short, there's a plethora of enjoyable methods to promote awareness across all age demographics not just the news, I look forward to witnessing an increase in these innovative educational approaches in the future.
        Thank you.

        1. Some very thought-provoking ideas here. I wonder if businesses would sponsor the theme park? What might their motivations be to get involved?

  • Hello,
    In the context of eco-anxiety, the news should strive to provide a balanced representation of different voices. It is important to avoid prioritizing particular opinions than others. By doing so, the news can ensure a fair platform for discussions about these crucial topics.
    When discussing on eco-anxiety, the news should try to reflect the diverse range of opinions and experiences within society. This might include the voices of individuals with different perspectives on the issue. The news can provide a well-rounded understanding of the challenges at hand. Prioritizing some voices over others can lead to an imbalance of information available to the public and such biases can limit public discourse and hinder the formation of informed opinions.

  • It is truly said that, "people experience eco-anxiety differently", because some have actually experienced it and some haven't. Maybe people living in villages have experienced eco-anxiety in more impactful manner and they experience it in their day-to-day life because they could easily encounter rising sea level and climate change. But, simultaneously, people who are living in big cities, may not have turned their attention to discuss about this. Even though city people are more educated and they know about the changing climatic conditions, and even if they try to spread awareness, they still haven't experienced in a way that others have.
    People who have actually met with the effects of climate change, are worried as they know what would happen if we still don't understand the seriousness of the topic. Thereupon, people experience climate change differently, and so they experience eco-anxiety differently.

  • I think that the news should be sharing opinions from more prominent people in society: such as celebrities or those in government. This is because some of the people reading the news aspire to be like these figures and they then may reflect the ideas that their favourite celebrity believes in. These celebrities also have large social media followings that can be used to spread the message about the effects of climate change and what people can do to help.
    However, I also believe it is important to hear from those who are directly suffering from the effects of climate change because this will inspire people to help those who are in need and start trying to make a difference. Seeing who is being affected as a result of our climate crisis will help people realise what they do actually has an affect on people annd it isn't just a post on social media, and instead it is an actual problem that real people are suffering from. Being able to see people of your age and your place in society may spark an interest in some people as it shows that it could also be them suffering from later effects of climate change.

  • Joycelyn explained that people might experience eco-anxiety differently based on a variety of factors such as their age, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status like for example,someone living in a coastal area might experience more anxiety about rising sea levels than someone living inland.Similarly a person who relies on farming for their livelihood might be more anxious about the impact of climate change on agriculture than someone who works in a different industry.One could be a climate change denier who believes that the issue is overblown and not worth worrying about.Another could be someone who believes that eco-anxiety is a genuine concern but that it is being exaggerated by the media and environmental organizations.When it comes to 'shining a spotlight on certain voices' in the is very important to consider the credibility and expertise of the individuals being interviewed or quoted.Scientists,researchers and other experts in the field of climate change should be given priority over those without relevant qualifications or experience.However,it is also important to ensure that a range of perspectives are represented to provide a balanced and nuanced view of the issue...Thank You!!

  • Despite India being among the most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change, I never viewed myself on the front line of climate crises experience; though more than 80 per cent of Indians live in districts vulnerable to climate risks. As a kid I never once stopped to question what is happening around that is creating such anxiety among societies. Slowly, as I was introduced to activists like Greta Thunberg, the young girl who actively used her voice to bring attention to climate change and bravely questioned prominent leaders and policies, I too started becoming concerned. And like Joycelyn Langdon said ‘some experience anticipatory experience’, I now place myself in this category as my worry extends to the future consequences of climate change.

  • I completely agree with Joycelyn. There is a difference between the 15 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia who have suffered from the droughts and those who merely read about it but fail to grasp the gravity of the situation. It's this segment of our society that necessitates more awareness on public platforms. Even though young activists like Greta Thunberg bring attention to this matter, some people dismiss them solely because of their age. This is why the media should spotlight those who have experienced the effects of climate change firsthand. Their perspectives can not only help the ignorant understand the severity of the climate crisis but also bring urgency to political leaders and anyone with the resources to make meaningful change.
    We all, in some way or another, have experienced eco-anxiety, and as with any mental health issue, we cannot bottle it up. We must voice our concerns and highlight the devastation faced by those who have witnessed the perilous effects of climate change as it is crucial for catalyzing the progress we are making towards combating climate change.

  • In my view, News outlets should aim for a balanced representation of diverse perspectives on climate change, as journalist Walter Lippmann noted, "When all think alike, then no one is thinking." Yet, prioritizing voices with scientific expertise, as Carl Sagan emphasized, is crucial: "In science, the consensus is that anyone can have a say, but what matters is the evidence." This approach fosters accurate information and informed discussions while respecting the importance of diverse viewpoints in the conversation.

  • Hello
    According to Joycelyne Longdon The factors the affecting eco-anxiety due to Their location, Experience and Knowledge about Climate Change and it's effects
    Other factors can also be personal values, cultural backgrounds, and individual perceptions of environmental threats.

  • Lets take and example considering two individuals: Alex, a nature enthusiast deeply connected to the outdoors, might experience eco-anxiety driven by concerns about biodiversity loss. On the other hand, Taylor, focused on economic stability, may feel anxious about the potential impact of climate policies on their job in a specific industry. These differing perspectives highlight the varied ways in which individuals can approach and experience eco-anxiety based on their unique circumstances and priorities.

  • Joycelyn mentioned that people might experience eco-anxiety differently based on factors like geographical location and personal experiences with environmental changes. For example, someone living in a region directly affected by climate-related disasters might feel more immediate and intense eco-anxiety than someone in a less impacted area.

    Additionally, individuals with different perspectives on environmental policies might experience eco-anxiety differently. For instance, someone who strongly supports aggressive climate action might feel a sense of urgency and frustration, while another person skeptical of such measures might experience anxiety related to uncertainties about the future but with a different focus. These differing opinions highlight the varied ways eco-anxiety can manifest based on individual contexts and beliefs.The news should strive to provide a balanced representation of voices on climate change and eco-anxiety. By offering diverse perspectives, it enables a more comprehensive understanding of the issues at hand. However, the emphasis on certain voices should be based on expertise, scientific consensus, and relevance rather than giving disproportionate attention to extreme viewpoints that may lack factual basis. This approach ensures that the public receives accurate and well-informed insights, fostering a more informed and constructive discourse on these critical matters.

    1. I agree; different places experience their own effects. In the Arctic, the heat makes the ice melt, while in the desert, nearby vegetation might die because of the heat, making the desert spread. Near water, like at the beach, the land is being taken by the water, and it can overflow. Sometimes, though, near rivers the water might evaporate and only refill when it rains. It's a big deal for people with little water; they might not get enough to survive. That's why we shouldn't let that happen.

  • Greetings!
    I would like to extend my gratitude to Joycelyn Longdon who opened another aspect of eco-anxiety for me. People feel differently about eco-anxiety probably because they themselves haven't experienced them in deep.
    In today's changing time, I feel we all do know about climate change but it isn't a joke. Climate change is real and it is happening right now, its evils are unfolding in front of our eyes and we our not able to do anything about it.
    Someone who has actually faced and seen it unfold is most likely to have eco-anxiety and take actions about it rather than someone who hasn't seen its true wrath.
    Just think about it, today it is happening to someone else, but God forbid if it is to happen to you or your family tomorrow, you will have nothing to do about it except regret the past. It is not too late we can still counter climate change if we take steps at our own level. Reduce plastic, reduce use of motor vehicles, plant a tree and tell someone to do the same.
    Climate change is the present, let's make it our past so it does not ruin our future and destroy the lives of our next generation and our Mother Earth.

  • I agree with Joycelyn that two people feel different about eco- anxiety. It’s a personal feeling of oneself. It will be different feeling between two people. I think there can be different opinions between a climate activist and a climate skeptic.

    The Climate Activist:
    The climate activist is deeply concerned about the impact of human activities on the environment and believes in the urgency of addressing climate change. They see eco anxiety as a justifiable response to the severity of the climate crisis. For the climate activist, eco anxiety can serve as a motivating force to take action and advocate for sustainable practices. They may view eco anxiety as a necessary emotional response to the existential threat facing the planet and they might argue that it can spur individuals and societies into making meaningful changes. The climate activist may prioritize raising awareness, supporting policy initiatives, and promoting sustainable lifestyles to alleviate eco anxiety and mitigate climate change.

    The Climate Skeptic:
    The climate skeptic questions the scientific consensus on climate change or downplays the severity of environmental problems. They may view eco anxiety as an unwarranted fear or an overreaction to the available evidence. The climate skeptic might argue that the concerns around climate change are exaggerated or driven by political agendas. They may contend that eco anxiety is a product of misinformation or fear mongering and they may suggest that it hinders rational decision-making and distracts from other important issues. The skeptic may advocate for a more cautious approach, emphasizing the need for further scientific research and economic considerations before implementing widespread environmental policies.

    1. Well done for replying to another comment.

  • In my country, we don't really get eco anxiety much because our climate stays the same. Still, we shouldn't make pollution. When we go around town, there's a lot of plastic waste. I can imagine how worried people in places with worse climate change feel, with rising water levels and melting ice caps.
    Taking steps like banning single-use styrofoam containers in Lagos state and recycling more plastics helps. We don't really sort out waste here, so it's all piled up and mixed, making recycling tough. Also, planting more trees makes us feel productive and less likely to have eco anxiety.

    1. What other measures could you take if planting trees isn't accessible in your area?

      1. If I cannot plant trees in my area then I will plant in the house on the window ledge.

  • People might experience eco-anxiety differently based on factors like location, socioeconomic status, or personal beliefs. For example, someone living in a vulnerable coastal area might feel more immediate concern than someone in a landlocked region.

    Regarding news coverage, it's essential to provide a diverse range of voices to capture the complexity of the issue. Different perspectives contribute to a more comprehensive understanding, but ensuring credibility and expertise is crucial. It's about fostering informed discussions.

  • I think a very basic example of two people feeling eco-anxiety differently might be that of an activist and a normal citizen. As Joycelyn said, those on the frontlines have a very different experience related to their personal lives. An activist would be deeply knowledgable perhaps even experienced in topics related to climate change. Their way of dealing with it would be very different and practical which would encourage more actions. While on the other hand, a normal citizen might not experience the effects of climate change in their day to day life. People go to schools, and offices and come back home. It is not necessary that all of these people feel eco-anxiety deeply. They might see the news and worry about it only for a second. hence I think eco-anxiety can be different for different people.

  • I think everyone should be heard about climate change . Everyone 's view about things is different and there should not be special people in this case . This is because climate change or eco anxiety is not just affecting one person but it also affects everyone else in one way or the other .

  • I think that some voices should be put in the spotlight in the news. That's because there are some people with more experience. This kind of people could be incredibly helpful. Psychologists, for example, could be talking about a certain subject. I believe that what they say should be put in the spotlight, because they are professionals and they have a lot of experience. Some other people, might wish to give out advice, but they could be under qualified. Their recommendations may not turn out useful. They could even cause others harm. I strongly believe that people should have access to the help of professionals more easily. Many could wish to receive such help, but they can't in any other way. Maybe they can't afford it or they don't know where to go. That's when I think that the media is supposed to jump in. I think that outlining some voices should be done carefully and balanced. We obviously don't wish to overdo it. Even though professionals have trained a lot in order to do what they are doing, there are some other people which can give pretty reliable advice. I'm talking about the ones that have gone through different situations. In many cases, people prefer advice from those they can relate to. For example, if someone has been through a natural disaster, they will most certainly be shaken. However, they might not want to receive advice from someone who has never experienced what they had. They could even be feeling misunderstood at some point. That's why they might prefer to receive recommendations from someone who has lived through the same trauma. Such a person could tell them how they coped with their Eco-anxiety and it may turn out more helpful. I think that it is crucial to understand that it is all based on people's preferences. They know what is best for themselves. So, I believe that what professionals say should be outlined from time to time, but it should not cover what others say. It is hard to make everyone happy, but we can at least try.

  • She talks about the two types of eco-anxiety and draws attention to the reasons people in countries that haven’t experienced the effects of climate change don’t quite understand the extent it has. It can be really hard to convince people that don’t think that climate change is that dramatic otherwise. Like in many cases not having made your own experiences with the dangers climate change poses makes you less prone to act. Even though exactly the people who deny climate change’s existence are the ones that should reflect on their behavior the most. I think it would be helpful to give a platform to the people who have experienced climate change firsthand. I hope that people will soon realize the effects their consumption has not only on the climate but other people too.

  • Joycelyn Longdon said that two types of eco-anxiety exist:
    1) anticipatry eco-anxiety (mainly experienced in global north)
    2) rooted in a day to day survival (those who already experience the climate change and have lived in it for many years)
    Example: person from global south: Lydia; person from global north: Elisabeth, both around the age of 40
    Imagine Lydia and Elisabeth would meet. Both of them face eco-anxiety. The difference is that Lydia's eco-anxiety roots in what she is experiencing in her live for many years, her's is based on knockledge she gained while being exposed to the effects of the climate change on a daily basis. Elisabeth's eco-anxiety developped from her own thoughts on what is going to happen in the future and what will or has to change, respectively. Hence, when they would share experiences with eco-anxiety they would tell completly different point of views that share the same outcome. This amongst others because of their different realities of life.
    I believe the news should shine a spotlight on the one's that are calling for an end to climate change, as so many fake news and news that don't take the climate change serious exist nowadays and putting the focus on those that deal in the right way with the climate change is incredibly important. Ignoring the climate change causes us enormous damage, therefore, awareness raising news should definitely be supported.

  • I wholeheartedly agree with Joycelyn Longdon. Climate change affects people differently across the world, with regions in the global south being much more heavily impacted than areas in the global north. This is despite the fact that Western countries, especially the US and Germany, are the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, while countries in sub-Saharan Africa, such as the DRC and the Central African Republic, emit some of the lowest carbon dioxide per capita but have to bear the heaviest burden of climate change.

    Touching on this, I believe that the experience of dealing with the effects of climate change on a daily basis is significantly different from anticipating these ramifications in the near future. It is far more burdensome to cope with extreme phenomena like floods, droughts, or wildfires, knowing that these challenges will only intensify, than to anticipate them at an unknown point in the future.

    The final point I would like to emphasize is that more developed countries have more options to address the effects of climate change than developing countries. This is evident in the ability to install air conditioning facilities or insulation, which, for many in countries with lower incomes, is unaffordable.

  • I think an example for two people experiencing different kinds of eco-anxiety are people in the global north and global south. The developed countries often times have a very privileged view on the topic of climate change. They can allow themselves to think about the issue as a far away thing happening mostly in theory, because they watch most of it through footage instead of actually living it. But people in developing countries are often the ones taking the brunt of these climate issues, for them this is not a theoretical problem, it is their every-day reality. So the anxiety the global north feels is one of anticipation of what might be to come, whereas the global south feels an anxiety about their very survival right now.

    There needs to be a range of opinions and viewpoint on climate change, to get a sense for the overall situation. It is crucial to hear from scientists as well as the everyday person how they view and experience climate change. But i do think that it is important to shine the spotlight specifically on people who are directly affected by climate change and suffer from it, because it shows everyone that this has real consequences and is destroying the lives of real people. Sadly just hearing how big of an impact climate change has had does not make people care about this issue, but real people and their stories might.

    1. You draw a very good distinction between geographical experiences of climate change. I really like your points about impact vs human stories to encourage climate action. Can you think of any examples of this?

      1. I think natural catastrophes related to climate change are a very good example, becuse while hearing of just some storm or some flood as an event unfortunately does not really interest most people, hearing the persons affected by such a catastrophe can really elicit emotions of empathy. I think it is a lot easier caring about a cause when you can connect with it and that is most easily achieved through human connection.

  • I think two people who might have different opinions about eco-anxiety might by a scientist and a therapist. The scientist would probably be more focused on saving the planet and think that people´s emotions don´t play a huge role. The therapist, on the other hand would probably have a different understanding. They might believe that a person emtions play a huge part in how they act and believe that by taking away (or helping) people with their eco-anxiety might lead to them feeling more capable of changing something. People who are heavily affected by climmate change should be the ones in the lime light and those who we shoulg listen to.

  • Joycelyn talked about other places on earth in which people have been experiencing the climate change for very long in their life, like years or decades. I think people might believe differently about the climate change, because they haven't experienced it, or they have not been experiencing it every single day like how other people do. I strongly think the voices of other people should be heard, because maybe they have something to suggest about us trying to stop it, or they are sharing their experience of the climate change.

  • I completely agree with Joycelyn's point that people might feel differently about eco anxiety because they have not yet experienced the perils it can bring, obviously a person who might have lost his family in an earthquake will take every precaution to prevent any further damage because it has lost something precious to him whereas a man who merely saw the news of a regular earthquake that occurred and took some lives will not be moved and compelled to take action, So yes Joycelyn really has a point and I completely agree with it. Another example of the same can be how people only started to take precautions when they realized the horrors that the pandemic can cause, once they realized the gravity of the situation!! Yes that's correct people are still to realize the gravity of environmental concerns that's another reason why they react differently.