According to psychologist Honey Lancaster-James, eco-anxiety is “the state of heightened anxiety some people experience relating to climate change”. Simply put, eco-anxiety is fear for the future of our planet + manifests itself in feelings of anger, fear, powerlessness or exhaustion.
In 2017 the American Psychological Association (APA), defined eco-anxiety as “a chronic fear of Environmental doom”. The APA has actually declared eco-anxiety as an area that psychologists have to attend more and more to because there has been evidences on how climate change is negatively impacting people’s mental health in a very global way.
American Psychological Association (APA), together with Climate for Health and EcoAmerica published a report in 2017 called : Mental Health and Our Changing Climate : Impacts, Implications and Guidance”. The report concludes that following illness can be traced back to climate change :
- Trauma and shock
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Compounded stress
- Strains on social relationships
- Aggression and violence
You can read the full report by clicking here.
In February 2020, the APA passed a resolution that outlines their commitment to working with other scientific, professional, policy and communities around the world to battle mental health issues associated with the changing climate.