As reports are released about climate change and ecological breakdown, and ever-increasing numbers of people go on strike, it is difficult to now avoid the reality we face. I don’t know about everyone else but as I learnt more and more about the issues I have felt an enormous amount of despair and it’s apparent that there are a lot of people going through the same experience at the moment, especially young people.
Greta Thurnburg says she no longer feels the despair associated with the issue because she now feels empowered.
My journey has been one of putting my head firmly in the ground about the issue for a large part of my twenties and then deciding that I could no longer bear the burden of not doing something. I then embraced the knowledge and took action through my work. At times I have felt enormously empowered and elation has replaced anxiety. This is rarely long-lasting - when I feel unable to assist I return to a depressed state about the issue.
Making changes in my life makes a massive difference but I put too much pressure on myself and often feel I’m not doing enough. Being engaged with other people who are making a difference always helps, as long as they are motivated, have a focus and are coming up with solutions. I have done some campaigning but often it results in me just feeling angry about the issues afterwards.
I’ve personally felt getting Better Century going has helped. It has been great to find like-minded people who are doing things, it makes me feel that change is possible.
What are people’s experience with this? I think it’s a really important thing to discuss as our experiences can really help others navigate it. Could be you haven’t been affected or maybe you have - let us know how you’ve overcome the bad news!