Climate grief and ecological grief, often used interchangeably, are terms used to describe a sense of loss related to the environment.

As awareness of environmental concerns grows, it can be natural to feel a sense of loss as ecosystems decline and natural resources are lost.

You may also feel a sense of loss akin to climate grief known as solastalgia, or an innate longing for “the good old days” when the environment was less manipulated.

How to manage

Changing the environment may take generations, but you can do your part and possibly diminish feelings of grief by participating in recycling endeavors, joining revitalization efforts, and helping grow environmental awareness.

If you’re experiencing this grief and would like more information on mental health resources, you can speak with a trained mental health representative at any time by calling the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357.

You may find additional grief resources through:

If this is an emergency and you need immediate assistance, you can reach help by dialing 911 for medical aid or 988 for suicide or mental health crisis assistance.